The singing, songwriting, flute-playing rapper Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1988. She would eventually make the land of Prince Rogers Nelson (Minneapolis) her home and begin a recording career in hip hop music. The Lizzobangers rapper has recently found herself in the top 10 on several musical charts with Cardi B. Their song Rumors was an instant success. Lizzo took to the internet to celebrate only to find herself momentarily in tears.
Trolls Called Lizzo a Mammy?
The Big Grrrl Small World artist responded to vicious troll attacks saying, “It’s fat-phobic, and it’s racist and it’s hurtful. If you don’t like my music, cool. If you don’t like ‘Rumors’ the song, cool. But a lot of people don’t like me because of the way I look… ” Lizzo refused to say the word that hurt her out loud, refusing to give any power to it. However, the combination of the words she used to describe it “fatphobic, racist, hurtful” led many to believe the world that hurt her was Mammy.
What is a Mammy?
A mammy can be defined as an overweight, dark-skinned, unattractive women void of sexuality who cares for white children as a slave. She loves the white man and his family more than her own. While she greats her own family with harshness, she is sugary sweet to the master and his. Indeed, while she disciplines her own children with belt-wielding beatings, she cries and encourages white children with scolding and love. She is a nursemaid and house attendant viewed to some degree as part of the family. A brutal sell-out.
The Evolution of the Word Mammy
In recent times, Black American Women have been using the word mammy to describe the mentality of pick me, ride or die chick, and other subgroups of women that are male-identified to an extreme. The classic Aunt for example; who tells a niece not to tell on her child molesting uncle is a mammy, protecting an adult male to the detriment of a girl child. The women who lure children into human trafficking and prostitution for the men that they love are considered today to be mammies due to their willingness to do anything to please a man. The women who get online to parrot harsh criticism of black women while excusing the actions of black men are also, called mammies.
Celebrities Comfort Lizzo
The compounded word, carrying centuries of hatred and pain, caused the flutist to collapse. Celebrities like Cardi B and Chloe Bailey came quickly to her defense with words of encouragement and sobriety. Cardi B said, “When you stand up for yourself they claim you are problematic & sensitive. When you don’t they tear you apart until you crying like this. Whether you skinny, big, plastic, they going to always try to put their insecurities on you. Remember these are nerds looking at the popular table.”
Chloe Bailey chimed in, ” I’m so proud of you @lizzo people are gonna talk, but you have power in your voice. thank you for inspiring me (hear emoji) (butterfly emoji)”