Grimes Slammed for Commenting on Lizzo Controversy



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Grimes Slammed for Commenting on Lizzo Controversy

In a recent storm of controversy, popular Canadian singer Grimes, born Claire Boucher, has taken to Twitter to publicly share her unwavering support for fellow artist, Lizzo. This comes amidst a lawsuit wherein Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, faces accusations from three former dancers.

The accusations range from alleged se*ual harassment to the fostering of a hostile work environment. Lizzo, renowned for her chart-topping single “Truth Hurts”, vehemently denied the allegations on Thursday, 3rd August.

In her statement, she expressed her deep disappointment, saying, "These last few days have been gut-wrenchingly difficult. My work ethic, morals, and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticised."

Grimes Recalls Lizzo's Unwavering Kindness

Grimes' public endorsement for Lizzo, however, has not been free of contention.

She tweeted about the deep respect and kindness she experienced from Lizzo long before she rose to fame. "Lizzo was kind to me and others for a decade before she was 'cool' I've only ever witnessed commendable behavior from her," Grimes wrote.

She reminisced about times when Lizzo extended kindness during her own challenging phases, notably during Grimes' pregnancy, stating, “She checked in while I was cancelled [sic] when most people abandoned me. That’s a good person”.

However, Grimes' decision to publicly voice her support for Lizzo amidst such serious allegations is seen by some as controversial. While a faction of Grimes' followers applauded her for her loyalty, others were critical, arguing that her personal positive experiences with Lizzo should not undermine or invalidate the alleged experiences of the plaintiffs.

A particular critic voiced their perspective, stating, “Just because your experience with someone was great, it doesn't mean others didn't have adverse experiences with Lizzo." Another echoed this sentiment, highlighting the potentially problematic defense of, "they were good to me so they couldn't be bad to anyone else." The lawsuit, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court on 1st August, is quite detailed.

One of the claims mentions an incident at an Amsterdam strip club where Lizzo allegedly pressured one of the plaintiffs. The document, spanning 44 pages, outlines various accusations against Lizzo and her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring.

Charges include assault, racial and religious harassment, fat-shaming, disability discrimination, and false imprisonment. The lawsuit's text paints a concerning picture, “Plaintiffs were aghast with how little regard Lizzo showed for the bodily autonomy of her employees and those around her”.

As this situation continues to unfold, the debate surrounding personal experiences versus shared allegations promises to remain complex and nuanced.