Lizzo Responds To Critics Claiming She Makes “Music For White People”

Lizzo continued to combat criticism this week as she responded to those who believe she makes “music for white people.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 34-year-old debunked claims of catering to a Caucasian audience as she called it the “biggest criticism” that she’s received of her career.

The “Rumors” singer then deemed the topic of discussion as a “critical conversation” for Black music artists.

“When Black people see a lot of white people in the audience, they think, ‘Well this isn’t for me, this is for them,’” she expressed to the outlet in her November cover story.

She added, “The thing is, when a Black artist reaches a certain level of popularity, it’s going to be a predominantly White crowd.

I was so startled when I watched [YouTube clips of gospel great] Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who was an innovator of rock and roll.

She was like ‘I’m going to take gospel and shred guitar,’ and when they turned the camera around, it was a completely white audience.”

The classically trained flutist then mentioned other singers who attract predominately White crowds.

The Texas-native names Beyoncé, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, and Whitney Houston before including that rappers also have shows that are overwhelming white.

“I am not making music for white people,” she clarified. “I am a Black woman, I am making music from my Black experience, for me to heal myself [from] the experience we call life.

 If I can help other people, hell yeah because we are the most marginalized and neglected people in this country. We need self-love and self-love anthems more than anybody.”