Celebrity singer Lizzo filled her stage with drag queens during her concert to protest a Tennessee law banning drag shows.
She stopped her performance at Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday to tell the crowd that she refused to cancel the show.
Lizzo stated that she had been told on the Internet to cancel her shows in Tennessee.
She asked. “Their reasons were valid, but why wouldn’t I come to those who needed to hear it most?” She asked. Why would I not create a space where we can celebrate the drag performers and our differences in Tennessee?
As Lizzo was surrounded by drag queens, many of them rushed onto the stage.
She shared a video on her social media page of her announcement.
Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation into law in February, but a later judge temporarily blocked it and ruled the bill to be too vaguely drafted.
Lizzo made headlines after criticizing “fatphobia” and taking a stance in favor of “body positivity.”
In 2020, Lizzo’s fans lambasted reality show physical trainer Jillian Michaels for refusing to accept Lizzo’s body positivity.
“We should always be inclusive, but, you cannot glorify obesity,” Michaels said at the time.
“It’s dangerous. It kills people,” she continued. “Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes.”
Lizzo was criticized later by her fans when she claimed she was trying to lose weight.
One disappointed fan tweeted: “YES, I’m angry, YES, I’m triggered, yes, I am mourning that a big b**ch MIGHT* want to get skinny because Fatphobia won another battle.”
Here is a local report on the transgender demonstration: