Kanye West: Bots attack Lizzo for losing weight, it’s ‘demonic’

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Kanye West believes the media is perpetuating the idea that being “overweight” is a goal.

The “Donda” rapper took his rant from social media to Tucker Carlson’s show as he talked about his widely-condemned “White Lives Matter” T-shirts — and Lizzo’s weight?

“Lizzo works with my trainer, a friend of mine,” he said on Thursday. “When Lizzo loses ten pounds and announces it, the bots — that’s a term for telemarketers on the internet — the bots they attack her because the media wants to put out a perception that being overweight is the new goal, when it’s actually unhealthy.”

The 45-year-old fashion designer continued, “Let’s put aside that it’s fashion and Vogue, which it’s not, or if someone thinks it’s attractive, to each his own, it’s actually clinically unhealthy. And for people to promote that, it’s demonic.”

Many social media users were quick to call out the rapper for bringing up the pop star’s weight, calling it “disgusting.”

“Kanye talking about Lizzo’s weight when he had weight loss surgery is crazy. Lizzo is out here just minding her business making people happy. I hope she’s having a great night,” one person tweeted.

“Not sure why Kanye has to drag Lizzo into this nonsense,” another user added.

A third chimed in saying, “i didn’t miss kanye speaking on lizzo the fatphobic self hatred JUMPED OUT.”

Kanye West in a crowd
Social media users expressed their frustrations with West’s latest comments.
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While on his body-shaming rant, the “Heartless” rapper also brought up Vogue’s Global Fashion Editor at Large Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who he ridiculed earlier this week for speaking out against his design choices.

“They had the idea that Ye was bullying a — the liberal term is — a body-goals black woman,” he told the Fox anchor about the backlash he faced for picking on Karefa-Johnson.

In a since-deleted photo, West publicly bashed Karefa-Johnson’s style on Monday for wearing brown boots, a striped knit skirt, a yellow graphic T-shirt and a corduroy trench coat with a bright blue Balenciaga purse.

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson in a colorful dress.
West made fun of Gabriella Karefa-Johnson’s style earlier in the week.
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“I went and said I don’t like your boots, I know Anne Wintour doesn’t like your boots and you’re not a fashion person and then people started to say I was a bully but it was a set up and they finally got it.”

On Wednesday, Karefa-Johnson spoke out for the first time about the “fat phobia” she faced online following West’s public attacks.

“I’ve fielded some serious volatility over the last couple days but nothing has been quite as bad as what people have said about my body and the way I look,” the 30-year-old wrote on Instagram.

“The fat phobia JUMPED out. Yes, I am fat. No, I am not humiliated to show up as my authentic self in the world,” she continued, adding that she has “worked hard” to learn how to love her body.

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson in a purple dress.
The Vogue editor opened up about the fat phobia she faced after West’s comments.
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Some of the Vogue editor’s fiercest supporters — including Gigi Hadid — were quick to show their love for her.

Hadid had slammed the “Bound 2” rapper — twice — for his treatment of Karefa-Johnson, calling him a “bully.”

“You wish u had a percentage of her intellect. You have no idea haha…If there’s actually a point to any of your s–t she might be the only person that could save u,” Hadid, 27, commented under West’s original post.

“As if the ‘honor’ of being invited to your show should keep someone from giving their opinion..? Lol. You’re a bully and a joke.”


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