Lizzo’s February 24 Instagram post about ‘eating bananas’ during her tour in Amsterdam has gone viral amid allegations of sexual harassment.
The Good As Hell hitmaker, 35, is being sued by three of her former dancers for alleged harassment, discrimination and creating a hostile work environment, accusations the singer strongly denies.
The trio claims that while they were in the Netherlands, Lizzo asked them out for a night out in the city that ended in the city’s Red Light District.
In their introduction, they said that “things got out of hand quickly” when the pop star began inviting them to “take turns groping the naked performers and eating bananas sticking out of their vaginas.”
Following her time in the country, Lizzo wrote: ‘AmsterDAM you were amazing, we laughed, danced, sang, cried! We ate bananas! I miss you already’, with fans declaring the post had ‘aged horribly’.
Awkward: Lizzo’s February 24 tweet about ‘eating bananas’ during her tour in Amsterdam has gone viral amid sexual harassment allegations
Allegations: The Good As Hell hitmaker, 35, is being sued by three of her former dancers and is said to have encouraged them to eat a banana from the vagina of an artist in Amsterdam’s red light district, allegations the singer denies (in the photo of February). )
Viral: After her time in the country, Lizzo wrote: ‘AmsterDAM you were amazing, we laughed, danced, sang, cried! We ate bananas! I miss you already’
One fan commented, ‘Well, he sure aged like fine milk.’
While another said: ‘He’s aged horribly.’
A third asked: ‘(Was it) before or after you forced your dancers to touch some prostitute in Amsterdam? Before or after you bullied your dancers for being fat.’
While a fourth joked: “I bet you did.”
Another fan shared a series of banana emojis.
In her statement on the allegations, Lizzo wrote: “These past few days have been heartbreakingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing.
‘My work ethic, morals and respect have been questioned. My character has been criticized. I usually choose not to respond to false accusations, but they are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous not to address.
“These sensational stories come from former employees who have already publicly admitted to being told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional.
Speaking: Fans Declared The Post Had “Aged Horribly”
‘As an artist I have always been passionate about what I do. I take my music and my performances seriously because at the end of the day I just want to put out the best art that represents me and my fans.
‘With passion comes hard work and high standards. Sometimes I have to make tough decisions, but it is never my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or not be valued as an important part of the team.
I am not here to be seen as a victim, but I also know that I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me these last few days.
I’m very open with my sexuality and expressing myself, but I can’t accept or allow people to use that openness to make me look like something I’m not.
‘There is nothing I take more seriously than the respect we deserve as women in the world. I know what it feels like to be body shamed on a daily basis and I would absolutely never criticize or fire an employee because of their weight.
I’m hurt, but I won’t let the good work I’ve done in the world be overshadowed by this. I want to thank everyone who has reached out to support me during this difficult time.’
Dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez sat down for an interview with Good morning america on Friday, where they called the 35-year-old pop star a “fatphobic” and said her response to their lawsuit is hypocritical and felt like a “blow.”
Speaking: Lizzo’s former backup dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez called the singer ‘fat-phobic’ in a new interview with Good Morning America
Legal troubles: The trio doubled down on their claims against the pop star
“I know it’s alarming to hear that Lizzo, a plus-size woman who preaches body positivity, would be essentially fatphobic. But I want to challenge people to understand that hurt people hurt people,” Davis said.
Davis described how, having gained weight, Lizzo said she was worried about her: “My demeanor was the same, my energy was the same, my dancing ability was the same.” It was the first time that I had noticeably gained weight, and she said that she was worried about me. I can only contribute to my weight gain,” she continued.
Meanwhile, Williams added: “You can see a public figure and all you know about them is what they present to you when the cameras are on and rolling.”
They also addressed Lizzo’s Instagram response to her lawsuit, where she denied the allegations, with Davis saying, “This post felt like a punch.”
Williams said it’s “sad” that they haven’t received an “acknowledgment of our feelings when your brand preaches about women’s empowerment.”
He said that Lizzo’s response is hypocritical and contrary to what she stands for.
‘Honestly, I’m stunned by the hypocrisy of everything you stand for. You are contradicting before our very eyes.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez added: “To the many women who, because they are primarily women, have come forward and said they felt the same way, or have shared their stories with us because they don’t want to share them publicly yet, it’s completely gracious.” it invalidates all our experience and our trauma and our pain.’
Rodriguez also demonstrated the moment Lizzo allegedly threatened her, after she told him she wanted to quit because she felt “insecure” and “disrespected.”
‘Fat Phobia’: ‘I know it’s alarming to hear that Lizzo, a plus-size woman who preaches body positivity, would have a fat phobia… But I want to challenge people to understand that hurt people hurt others. people,’ Davis said.
Threats: Rodriguez also demonstrated the moment Lizzo allegedly threatened her, after she told him she wanted to quit because she felt “insecure” and “disrespected”
“Basically, he started clenching his fists and cracking his knuckles, and he said to me, ‘You’re very lucky right now,’ as he inches towards me.”
Rodriguez later claimed that Lizzo’s best friend jumped off the couch and had to physically hold her down.
Davis also broke down in tears describing the incident when Lizzo allegedly pressured her into groping a nude performer at a sex show in Amsterdam.
“She started a chant, after I said ‘no’ a few times,” Davis said, explaining how Lizzo started chanting her name, ‘Ari.’
“I briefly touched the artist and pulled my hands away, and you know, everyone laughed because, of all people, they thought it was funny that I was touching this artist.”
“I laugh a little,” she said, her voice cracking. ‘Sorry, I’m a little emotional about it.’
“I even remember making jokes about it because he was just trying to take attention away from me.”
Asked by the interviewer if he couldn’t have left sooner, Davis replied, “We’re here because we want to be good enough for Lizzo.”
The dancers also stated that they felt their job was always on the line.