If you buy tickets to an L.A. Lakers game, you also will see the dancing Laker Girls—dozens of women in crop tops and underwear, shaking it to the beat. If you were there on December 8, you would have seen Lizzo, watching from court side seats as the dancers performed to her song “Juice,” get up and dance too. Like the Laker Girls, she was wearing underwear. And like the Laker Girls, she shook her ass.
’Twas a twerk heard ‘round the world: In response to a video of a few seconds of her dancing, Lizzo was condemned and ridiculed online. Her name was the number one trending term on Twitter, where “popular” posts compared her to Rikishi, a male wrestler. One particularly vile tweet has over 1,000 likes.
Of course, many of her fans spoke up for the queen of self-love.
Hmm… Why is it that when the Laker Girls dance in their underwear they’re cheered, but when Lizzo does it she’s called disgusting and told to cover up?
Yes, Lizzo was wearing a thong and the dancers were wearing boy shorts, but the singer’s shoulders, chest, stomach, and even knees were covered—I’d argue that her clothes were actually more conservative than the dancers’ outfits.
In fact, there are plenty of examples of celebrities wearing thongs in public with far less backlash, or none at all. Kendall Jenner’s 2017 Met Gala look featured a tiny black thong just like Lizzo’s, but with an almost completely sheer dress over it. Her look didn’t inspire controversy. Others have pointed out that Rihanna has worn just as revealing outfits to basketball games without receiving the same amount of backlash as Lizzo.