Trainer and former Biggest Loser host Jillian Michaels has been slammed over ‘gross’ comments she made about pop singer Lizzo, who she says is ‘glorifying obesity’ and will ‘get diabetes’.
“You cannot glorify obesity,” Jillian said, repeating the same message she told the British magazine. “It’s dangerous. It kills people.”
At that point, host Alex mentioned body-positive “Juice” singer Lizzo who is well-known for “preaching self-acceptance” and celebrating different body types.
But Jillian wasn’t having it.
“Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter?” she jumped in.
“That’s what I’m saying. Like why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes,” she added.
“I’m just being honest. I love her music, my kid loves her music. But there’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘I’m so glad that she’s overweight.’ Like why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?” she finished.
When the clip was posted to the outlet’s Twitter account, many followers criticised Jillian’s remarks, branding them “incredibly gross” while others called out AM to DM for ‘amplifying’ her ‘disgusting’ comments.
Actress and activist Jameela Jamil also piped up to reveal that her “whole damn thin family” had diabetes, telling Jillian to “get in the bin”.
A spokesperson for BuzzFeed News has since defended the interview in a statement supplied to Yahoo Lifestyle US.
“AM to DM is a live morning show that brings viewers unfiltered, revealing moments from guests. Alex's interview today did just that,” Matt Mittenthal said.
Later that same day, Jillian addressed the controversy on Twitter, urging people to ‘prioritise their health’.
“As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving,” she wrote.
“I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity - heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few. I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies,” she concluded.
AM to DM host Alex also took to Twitter to reveal that she was tempted to ‘defend’ Lizzo during the interview, and to thank viewers for “checking me on the conversation.”
Additional reporting by Kerry Justich.
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