Lizzo recently opened up about racial stereotyping in the pop industry and how the distinction between pop music and race music is used to single out black artists.
Addressing. Entertainment WeeklyLizzo said, “Racism is inherent. I think if people did any research, they would see that there was race music and then there was pop music.”
He continued, “And ethnic music was their way of separating black artists from the mainstream because they didn’t want their children to listen to music created by black and brown people because they said it was evil and Yada, yada, yada.”
The Emmy-winning artist also explained how music genres are almost used as code words, “I think when you think of pop, you think of MTV that was in the 80s. In the decade of ‘we can’t play rap music’, or ‘we can. Don’t put this person on our platform because we’re thinking about what people in the middle of America think and we all know. What is its code?
As per The Hollywood Reporterhe said that pop was a “well-oiled” machine and that it was important to recognize that it had “racist origins”.
In the same interview, the 34-year-old artist shared the backlash she faced about her music not being “dark enough.” “I think anything new, people are going to criticize and feel it’s not for them,” she said.
Moving on, he continued, “But once you get used to something, it can be for you. So people who don’t like pop music or black artists who make pop music. Don’t like, they may eventually like me, you just have to get used to me because I’m doing a good job. You’re missing out.”