Michaels was asked about celebrities like Lizzo and model Ashley Graham, who are loud and proud about big bodies that challenge a stereotypical view of body positivity. "Why aren't we celebrating her music because it isn't going to be awesome if she gets diabetes", she added. Why does it matter?' the fitness pro, 45, said. That's what I'm saying, like, why aren't we celebrating her music? "Why is it my job to care about her weight?" Her latest dig, this time aimed at one of the greatest newcomers in music, is the final straw.
You might know Jillian Michaels from her hit show The Biggest Loser, where she was a fitness and lifestyle coach and trainer for a number of seasons. "I'm saying that I don't love Lizzo because she's overweight, I like her because of her music", she added.
Now, Jillian has released a follow up statement about her comments.
Michaels' comments went viral, and nearly immediately prompted widespread backlash.
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"As I've stated repeatedly, we are all lovely, worthy, and equally deserving", read the statement. "I'd not at all need these for ANYONE and I'd hope we prioritize our nicely being because of we LOVE ourselves and our our our bodies". "'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes", Michaels told BuzzFeed News.
"She is who she is ... and if you don't get it, then you don't get it", she said.
Last month, Michaels told Women's Health UK that she believed political correctness was putting the lives of obese people in danger. "But now I've gotten to a point where I'm not just dealing with Internet bullies, I'm dealing with seeing a lot of negativity on the Internet dealing with everyone". "MY WHOLE DAMN THIN FAMILY HAS DIABETES AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND PROBLEMS WITH OUR JOINTS", she shared in a tweet. I have not done anything wrong. I forgive myself for contemplating I was improper inside the first place.
Berg herself later jumped in amid piling criticism, noting she had to "restrain herself from defending Lizzo's honour".
Goldberg is not the only one who took issue with Michaels' remarks about Lizzo.
Michaels' comments - part of a broader chat on body positivity - ignited fury from fans of Lizzo as well as body positivity advocates, accusing her of being "fatphobic". Cancer, diabetes and heart disease have many other factors aside from weight and BMI.