Social media has become a breeding ground for toxic behavior and hate speech.
A recent incident involving conservative tweeter Cassandra—also known as @CassyWearsHeels—is another example of this trend.
The now-deleted tweet pitted Cassandra against popular pop star Lizzo, calling on users of the social media platform to choose between the two women.
While the tweet did not provide a clear reason for choosing between the two, many speculated that it was based on physical appearance. The tweet was met with immediate backlash, with many users supporting Lizzo and calling out Cassandra for her problematic behavior.
You can see the tweet below.
Cassandra later doubled down with a transphobic message declaring “Just like men are not women, obesity is not beauty," though she later deleted that as well.
Many came to Lizzo's defense.
Lizzo later appeared to comment on the ruckus by simply tweeting her own name.
Throughout her career, Lizzo has been subject to body shaming and has inspired other women because of her stance on body positivity and her self-confidence.
Lizzo has been vocal about her belief that the body positivity movement has left fat people behind, pointing out that a movement largely spearheaded by fat women of color has been, according to Glamour, "muddled by a blanket call for body acceptance that tends to favor midsize and skinny women who receive praise for accepting their so-called imperfections."
Lizzo has also criticized "fake doctors" who offer armchair diagnoses of people's health conditions in online comments sections. Lizzo has stressed that her body is "no one's business."
She made headlines a few years ago after she told a Twitter user who suggested she is only popular "because there is an obesity epidemic in America" that she is popular because she writes "good songs" and is "talented" much to the annoyance of her detractors.