Lizzo is “out for blood” after a security guard at a Milwaukee music festival allegedly “attacked” her team members in an act that she describes as “racism and bigotry.”
On Thursday night, the Juice singer revealed she would be filing a complaint with Summerfest after a security guard “slapped and manhandled” her hair stylist and fashion stylist in an altercation that apparently took place during her performance.
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The 31-year-old was understandably livid after she found out about the incident, and asked fans on Twitter if anyone had footage of the alleged attack. She wrote:
The star wrote a follow-up tweet hours later, confirming she would be filing a complaint against the “bigoted” guard. She shared:
“Tonight was beautiful. You are beautiful. But the struggle ain’t over. Racism and bigotry don’t care if you’re a headliner. Thank you @summerfest. We will be filing a complaint against that bigoted ‘security’ guard and I hope you’ll be cooperative in seeking justice. xoxo”
On Friday, Lizzo responded to those questioning the incident:
The music festival heard her cries loud and clear, insisting in a statement that it does not “tolerate racism in any form” and would be conducting a “thorough investigation.”
The statement continued:
“Lizzo gave an incredible performance which she now feels is tarnished by events which occurred during the performance. We do not tolerate racism in any form. We will conduct a thorough investigation. We have an experienced crowd management staff who strive to protect performers & fans. While there may be challenges during a performance, we expect those challenges to be handled professionally & respectfully. If those standards were not met, we will take appropriate action.”
Um… yeah, y’all better!
Sadly, performers of color are subjected to this type of treatment at music festivals far too often.
In 2014, Dev Hynes was assaulted by Lollapalooza security guards who had been privately hired for the stage — ironically, as he wore a shirt dedicated to police brutality victims Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, and Trayvon Martin.
Lido Pimienta dealt with a non-violent (yet similarly frustrating) experience at 2017’s Halifax Music Festival. When she asked to bring women of color to the front of the crowd, a white volunteer with the event interrupted her set and angrily refused to step back.
Just a few months ago, London rapper Stormzy pulled out of the Austrian festival Snowbombing because a security guard targeted him and his team after they thought they were carrying weapons.
It’s so unsettling to think about how regularly this happens to performers of color — truth hurts, as Lizzo says — so, we’re glad she’s not putting up with this b.s..
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