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Lizzo’s current dancers issue statement of support

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2023

Lizzo’s current team of backing dancers have issued a statement in support of the musician following the filing of lawsuit by three former members of that group.

Although not directly responding to the allegations in the lawsuit, the message posted to the Big Grrrls Instagram profile yesterday said: “Thank you to Lizzo for shattering limitations and kicking in the door way for the Big Grrrl and Big Boiii dancers to do what we love! You have created a platform where we have been able to parallel our passion with a purpose!”.

The three former Lizzo dancers that have gone legal are Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez. Their lawsuit accuses Lizzo and her dance team captain Shirlene Quigley of inappropriate and unfair conduct. That includes making false allegations of unprofessional behaviour against the dancers and then forcing them to go through a “brutal” twelve hour re-auditioning process.

The musician is also accused of treating her dancers in a way that conflicts with her public statements about body positivity. A legal rep told reporters: “The stunning nature of how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly, while privately she weight-shames her dancers and demeans them in ways that are not only illegal but absolutely demoralising”.

Lizzo herself responded to the lawsuit on social media, denying the allegations made against her, and hitting back at the “sensationalised stories … coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behaviour on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional”.

In the new statement of the Big Grrrls Instagram profile, the dance team say that they “had the time of their lives” on Lizzo’s The Special Tour, which concluded at the end of last month.

“We have been so honoured to share the stage with such amazing talent. This tour experience has been beyond just #Special! The commitment to character and culture taking precedence over every movement and moment has been one of the greatest lessons and blessings that we could possibly ask for”.

The dancers add that they are “so grateful that the standards and existence of beauty in THIS Team goes beyond the surface!” adding: “We are a unit of unicorns, undeniably resilient and SPECIAL AF”.