Lizzo: ‘Cancel Culture Is Appropriation’

Pop superstar's cryptic message suggests frustration with woke overreach

Lizzo is leading the woke charge from her social media pulpit.

The “Truth Hurts” singer routinely checks in on cultural headlines via Twitter (2.1 million followers) and Instagram (a gargantuan 13 million flock).

And she’s been doing it for some time now. This missive dates back to 2017, the unofficial dawn of the woke revolution.


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The superstar isn’t immune to the woke mob, though, despite her progressive bona fides.


Lizzo swapped out the word “spaz” from her song “Grrrls” last year after critics called the lyric “ableist.” She also caught heat when she boasted about a 10-day smoothie regimen that some suggested was designed to lose weight.

In woke-world, dieting for health purposes is decried as “fatphobic.” And Lizzo is loud and proud of her figure and encourages everyone, no matter their size, to love their shape.

So the singer’s cryptic Tweet over the weekend likely caught some by surprise.

Let’s look at the different ways to interpret the Tweet:

  • Lizzo understands how often the Left leverages Cancel Culture, and she fears that overreach could damage the progressive movement.
  • The singer realizes the woke revolution hit some roadblocks in 2022, and she’s backpedaling to prepare for the social movement’s expiration date.
  • She understands that woke critics have some valid arguments, especially when it comes to how the movement undermines creative expression.
  • She wants to remain a leader for the cause, and this is warning shot across the bow of those who weaponize woke in ways she doesn’t like.
  • She’s reacting to a recent surge of “woke”-themed articles suggesting the word itself originates from black culture. That means the use of it is both cultural appropriation and, perhaps, something worse.

The Guardian recently railed against woke critics, calling it a battle against a “made-up menace.”

It’s just one text, but the phrasing suggests the subject is top of mind for a high priestess of the woke movement.


  1. It’s none of those. She is saying she and her “allies” get to determine the direction of cancel culture. She has no problem with accelerating cancel culture, she just doesn’t want unapproved people appropriating it. That’s the phase she wants to get past.

  2. Cancel culture is here to stay. There can only be your reaction to it. Twitter is still a cesspool. Blue checkmarks are a bullseye. Don’t post your real name. Delete your posts regularly. Woke kills mass media. Real people crave for alternatives. Disney is already dead in pop culture. She’s rich to say cancel culture is cultural appropriation. So is Marxism.

    1. @Will

      Disney is dead? That’s weird.

      * Disney made more money than any studio at the 2022 box office.

      * Avatar 2 is one of the highest grossing films of all time. (This was embarrassing for Breitbart News, which spent weeks predicting A2 would be DOA.)

      * Disney’s stock price is soaring since Bob Iger returned as CEO.

      If this is Disney dead, I’d hate to see it fully alive.

      1. Except for Avatar 2, all their movies lost money because they overspent on budget and marketing. High grossing Black Panther 2 has flopped. It needed to earn $1 Billion to breakeven. Avatar 2 barely broke even at $1.7 billion. All their animated movies flopped and didn’t make money. Strange World lost $150 million. Disney+ has continued to make shows with low ratings. Subscriber growth plateaued. Universal’s Illumination studios continues to beat Disney with Minions and Puss n Boots. They will beat Disney with Super Mario Brothers while Disney will release Pixar’s Elemental and Indiana Jones that no one cares for. I only give high hopes for Ant Man. Universal Epic will open in 2025 and will blow Disney out. After decades since opening Epcot, Studios, and Animal Kingdom, each park has barely 10 rides each. They’re half day parks. Epic will surpass Magic Kingdom and the trio will beat Disney in Orlando. Disney is Dead. They killed Star Wars too.

      2. You literal said this
        * Avatar 2 is one of the highest grossing films of all time. (This was embarrassing for Breitbart News, which spent weeks predicting A2 would be DOA.)


        According to Cameron himself, the film needs to make more than $2 billion at the box office just to break even. In an interview with GQ, he said:

        “You have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in the history. That’s your threshold. That’s your break even!””

        YOU SIR , ARE FAKE NEWS!!!!!

      3. Actually, misquotes and misunderstandings create a lot of false perceptions. For instance, Cameron never said his Avatar sequel needed to make that much (not 2 & not 1.7 billion) to be profitable.
        Recently, he corrected the record in another interview.

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