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Lizzo Plays James Madison's Flute in 'Glorious' Moment, Twitter Schools Frantic Critics

By: Buzz Staff

Edited By: Shaoni Sarkar

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Last Updated: September 30, 2022, 15:40 IST

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Lizzo, after all, is no stranger to racist and body-shaming attacks. (Credits: Twitter/@librarycongress)

Lizzo, after all, is no stranger to racist and body-shaming attacks. (Credits: Twitter/@librarycongress)

Former US President James Madison's crystal flute had remained with the Library of Congress, not played until Lizzo was invited to do so.

Lizzo has caused a stir among US Conservatives, all for playing a flute. Granted, it’s not just any flute; it’s a crystal instrument that was crafted to commemorate James Madison’s second term in the White House. It was in the possession of the Library of Congress and had not been played till Lizzo was invited to do so, reported Rolling Stone. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden invited the popstar to play a few notes on the 200-year-old flute during her Washington concert.

Conservatives alleged “desecration" of American history, and people on Twitter clapped back in equal measure. Lizzo, after all, is no stranger to racist and body-shaming attacks. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of On Repentance & Repair, wrote in a tweet, “This flute once belonged to enslaver president James Madison. And now it is being played by this gorgeous, talented Black woman for all the world to behold."

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Lizzo, a Black celebrity who is unabashedly body-positive, unsurprisingly and regularly riles up those who seek to maintain the status quo, merely by existing. For instance, recently, Lizzo fans clapped back at standup comedian Aries Spears who made derogatory remarks about the pop singer and said that she resembled the “sh*t emoji". On the Art of Dialogue podcast, Aries was asked his thoughts on Lizzo’s music, with no reference to anyone’s weight, but he made it a point to go on a rant about how women who really support other women should be reminding them of the health risks of being overweight. He said Lizzo has a pretty face but that she is built like “a plate of mashed potatoes".

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first published:September 30, 2022, 14:50 IST
last updated:September 30, 2022, 15:40 IST