Lizzo says pop and genres are racist

Don’t @ me, but Lizzo is a worldwide superstar and deserves all wins – nothing less.

I recently watched their HBO Max documentary Dear Lizzo, and I laughed, cried, twerked and felt immensely inspired.

When Lizzo spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her stage fright, her closeness to Harry Styles and why she refuses to be pigeonholed, I knew I would fall in love with her ghost for the hundredth time.

My biggest takeaway was her exploration of the stigma of pop music, the problematic origins of music genres, and the backlash to her music for “not being black enough.”

Melissa Viviane Jefferson (known professionally as Lizzo) is a 34-year-old multihyphenate powerhouse – a skilled rapper, beautiful singer, skilled flautist, and successful businesswoman.

But while her career is constantly on the rise, there are a few barriers that will take time to break down even as Lizzo’s universal music continues to top the charts.

Lizzo caught my full attention when she spoke to EW about the stigma of the pop music genre and race music. “The genre is inherently racist,” she said.

“I think if people did research they would see that there was race music and then pop music. And racial music was their way of separating black artists from the mainstream because they didn’t want their kids to hear music created by black people and brown people because they said it was demonic and yada, yada, yada.

Basically, she says that certain “genres were created almost like code words” for categories dominated by people of color: “I think when you think of pop, you think of MTV in the ’80s saying, ‘We can don’t play rap music. ‘ or ‘We can’t put that person on our platform because we think about what people in Central America think’ – and we all know what that’s code for.”

“So yes, that’s why – fast-forward to 2022 – we have this well-oiled pop machine, but remember it has a racist origin. And I think the coolest thing I’ve ever seen rap and hip hop artists go pop. Now, pop music is really rap in its DNA — rap runs the game, and I think that’s so cool,” she added.

“But we forget that in the late ’80s and early ’90s there were these massive pop diva records sung by black women like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. And I give the same energy.”

For Lizzo, making music that’s classified as pop has its perks, but it also comes with a few headaches.

As she mentioned in the documentary, she faced backlash from people who thought her personality and music weren’t black enough — but Lizzo is making a positive comeback for the haters.

“I think anything that’s new, people will criticize and feel like it’s not for them,” she said. “But once you get used to something, it might be something for you. People who don’t like pop music or don’t like black artists who make pop music might like me.”

“You just have to get used to me because I do good shit. You’re missing something.”

She really is 100% that slut. Your words, not mine.

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