Someone just told me, and I quote, “attention is the new currency.” We are living in an alarming time. Have North Americans steered their society in a direction the world likes? What do I mean by that? Okay, how often do you see an underemployed man with terrible credit, borderline homeless, and dead broke, but he’s well dressed and portrays himself as rich? If this man went to finance a Toyota, the salesman would say get the fuck out of here. But he wears the most expensive designer clothes and posts pictures of himself standing next to a Ferrari or Rolls Royce? I hope no one thinks I’m judging or putting myself above what is happening. We are all in this.
Let me say it right now. I do not follow Lizzo. I’m aware of her career and fame…
I am saying that many people are sad today but claim to be happy. They are in terrible and emotionally toxic relationships while pretending to be content. They are lonely and severely depressed, but they profess to be satisfied. Many people numb themselves with alcohol, drugs, prescription pills, and other hallucinogens to make it through dark moments. Still, they represent that as a celebration rather than a cry for help. Let me say it right now. I do not follow Lizzo. I know her career and fame, but I could not name any of her songs off the top of my head. I made this blog to ponder whether the sensations she represents are sincere.
What does confidence mean today? Is it something that other people need to validate? Do grow women have to strip naked and publicly walk around to show confidence? Many females have been deceived and abused by more than one narcissistic liar who betrayed their trust. Does their newfound independence afterward mean lonely, heartbroken, and miserable, or is that a cry for help? Today, we have social media. Who remembers chatting on AOL and MSN anymore? Do we remember being on MySpace and Hi5? That was fifteen years ago. What will we say twenty years from now when we look back at a time when Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are no longer cool?
It is sort of like how the Liberal wings of the mainstream media tried to deceive…
Regarding social media, I genuinely don’t believe Twitter is 100% authentic. I think it’s a manipulative tool that someone created to mold the public’s perception in a particular way. It is like how the Liberal wings of the mainstream media tried to deceive the public into believing that Hilary Clinton was leading Donald Trump during the last presidential election. We know now that she wasn’t. They can generate millions of robot accounts and program them with algorithms, then shoot out comments supporting a certain mentality. That will cause the real human beings who read them to follow the vibe. Humans will assume millions of people are already on that wave.
For Lizzo, in this case, it’s a double-edged sword. On the one end, it’s her body and her right to dress. Her dress that night was not classy or respectful, but she has a right to do that in America. One does not have to be nude to show confidence. Her actions do not have to be grand or shocking.
Conversely, she is a successful and influential black woman with specific responsibilities to her idolizers. Due to the message in her lyrics, she represents the feminist community, at least in the body-shaming context. Therefore she may be oxymoronic if she helps to give that movement a negative reputation. That is one of the biggest misconceptions for young people today.
So, if a black woman finds herself on a worldwide platform with all eyes on her…
Then again, she also represents the black community. In 2019, we (African people) wanted to portray black women as strong, independent, educated, self-sufficient entrepreneurs. We don’t need another black woman to look like a crackhead, prostitute, stripper, hooker, etc. It’s a time for black empowerment. So, if a black woman finds herself on a worldwide platform with all eyes on her, she must represent her people in a dignified and intelligent manner. Was it a publicity stunt? Did she need a publicity stunt? Well, in 2019, the rise of the Me Too Movement furthered the death of chivalry, catcalling, and other gestures that denote sexual objectification. Meanwhile, Lizzo candidly objectifies herself.
Lizzo’s attire to that Lakers vs. Timberwolves game was also a form of sexual harassment. There may have been some men who did not want to see the unsolicited nude ass of a woman who was not their partner. Her freedom and liberty also forced millions of men to think about sex or the related emotions that go with visual association with a woman’s bare private part. Yeah, but with all that said, it could be the unforeseen backsplash of a crudely superfetated publicity stunt. It sheds light on one of the central contradictions of the sixth wave of feminism. The radical nature of this wave is such that it dick-shames men for sexually appreciating female beauty while sexualizing the martyrs it seeks to protect.
Then you have a robotic Twitter platform that uses inconsistencies to build or destroy the celebrity who falls in its spotlight. If you’ve noticed, Amber Rose, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and others are not twerking anymore. They are not posting nudes anymore. No more sexually provocative publicity stunts. Now they are seeking marriage, family, and respect. Is it because they have finally seen the effects of their behavior and how it contradicts their overall message? Maybe in due time, Lizzo will also make that realization. “I don’t ascribe to just one thing. That’s why the colors for LGBTQ+ are a rainbow! Because there’s a spectrum, and right now, we try to keep it black and white.” – Lizzo