Jillian Michaels, the celebrity fitness trainer and former coach on “The Biggest Loser,” drew backlash from the Left on social media after saying that singer Lizzo’s body image should not be celebrated, as reported by USA Today.
In an appearance on the BuzzFeed show “AM to DM,” when host Alex Berg said that she loved celebrities “like Lizzo and Ashley Graham who are “putting images out there that we normally don’t get to see, of bodies that we don’t get to see, being celebrated,” Michaels stepped in and asked “why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter?”
Michaels went on to say that, while she too enjoyed Lizzo’s music, “it ain’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes. I’m just being honest…there’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘and I’m so glad that she’s overweight.’ Why is it my job to care about her weight?”
Michaels subsequently faced criticism from left-wing activists and celebrities on Twitter, who falsely accused her of “concern-trolling fat people.” Michaels stood by her comments with an Instagram post in which she said that “I feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity – heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few…I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”
Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Jefferson, quit Twitter earlier this year, claiming that she was dealing with “too many trolls.”