Singer Lizzo used her MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech to clap back at fat-shaming comments from comedian Aries Spears and fans are cheering her for speaking out.
In the lead-up to the awards show, Spears—a former cast member of mid-90s show MADtv—insulted Lizzo's appearance in an interview, saying she looks like the "sh*t emoji" and a "plate of mashed potatoes," among other fat-shaming comments.
Accepting her award for the Video for Good category for her song "About Damn Time," Lizzo subtly dragged Spears in a speech that referenced memorable kiss-offs from Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.
See it below.
Lizzo began with an allusion to Nicki Minaj's drag of Miley Cyrus at the 2015 VMAs.
"I want to say thank you so much for supporting me and loving me."
"And now, to the bitches that got somethin’ to say about me in the press."
She then went on to give the perfect response to Spears' comments.
“You know what? I’m not gonna say nothin’."
"They be like, ‘Lizzo, why don’t you clap back? Why don’t you clap back?’ Because, bitch, I’m winning, ho!"
Lizzo closed with a lyric from Beyoncé's 2016 masterpiece "Formation."
“Best revenge is your paper, bitch!”
It was the perfect response to the interview between Spears and hip-hop culture channel "The Art of Dialogue."
WARNING: racial slurs
Asked about Lizzo's music, Spears launched into a monologue about Lizzo's appearance.
"I can’t get past the fact that she looks like the sh*t emoji."
“She’s got a very pretty face, but she keeps showing her body off like, come on, man. Come on, yo.”
"I’m sorry. Listen, I ain’t the most in-shape [n-word] in the world but I still, when you funny and you got swagger and confidence and you decent looking—I think I’m at least handsome—you get pu**y."
"But a woman that’s built like a plate of mashed potatoes is in trouble.”
Spears then called all women hypocritical for supporting each other but being unwilling to criticize each other's "health choices."
Or as he put it:
"Fu*k diabetes, fu*k heart problems, fu*k heart disease, cholesterol."
"Y’all claim womanhood and about sisterhood and support for your sister, you know ... but y’all won’t be fu*king real and go, ‘Sister, put the eclair down. This ain’t it. It’s treadmill time'."
On Twitter, people applauded Lizzo for treating Spears with the respect and attention he deserves.
Meanwhile, Spears' comments went over like a lead balloon.
And his response to the backlash, in which he called women illogical and overly emotional for criticizing his comments only made it worse.
For someone who so readily insulted Lizzo, he sure seemed upset about being treated the same way.