“I would like to announce my candidacy for President,” the Queen of SXSW 2019 told a packed Stubbs’ Austin crowd last night. “Lizzo 2020,” she went on to say and then followed it up with “Beto-Lizzo 2020, you voting?”
Lizzo, our nation’s only flute-playing rapper is perhaps America’s next biggest star – if she isn’t already. But President? We know, we know, she was kidding but it got us to thinking. Should Lizzo run for president?
The body-positive pop sensation, who hits the stage showing off her “big ass,” her “beautiful back fat” and her overall voluptuous and beautiful body is a lot like Cory Booker. Booker is all about love. Spreading love. In a recent interview Booker said, “You can be a strong, tough street fighter and still be a person of grace and love and kindness and empathy and vulnerability.” Last night, Lizzo said, “Yes, I love myself, but how do I love myself in a world that doesn’t love me? … All that I can say is that I’ve been there. This is one of the moments where I was literally back there on the verge of tears just from an inexplicable sadness, an exhaustion, a darkness that every human being is entitled to … and you have the power to get out of.”
Lizzo speaks the truth. She is not putting up with anyone’s “bullshit.” Not “Jeromes” not politicians, not friends, not other industry people’s bullshit either. She also stands for women. Much like Kamala Harris, “Here’s the truth people need to understand: To tackle the challenges of the twenty-first century, we must empower women and families. If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.” Not a stump speech goes by without Sen. Harris talking about speaking your truth.
Lizzo is not a cookie-cutter performer. She is not that skinny, annoying poppy singer you used to hear on the radio. She is fucking shit up. Disrupting the old order. Much like refreshing presidential candidate Peter Buttigieg. Mayor Buttigieg when he announced his exploratory committee said, “If we look like we’re the protectors of the old order, if we look like we’re here to restore normalcy, whatever that means, then in a way we’re committing the same sin of the Trump campaign, which is to tell people to look for greatness in the wrong places.”
Like Senators Booker and Harris and Mayor Buttigieg, Lizzo wants to give people their voices back. So does Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders. (Castro, Buttigieg and Warren were all at SXSW 2019 –so was Lizzo!). Klobuchar, Warren and Gillibrand all scream Lizzo’s call for women empowerment. Also, Sen. Klobuchar represents her native Minnesota. While Castro comes from Texas, which she claimed as her home.
And speaking of Texas, Beto O’Rouke who Lizzo said she would serve as his VP. Well, we for one think she should be at the top of the ticket. Like Beto O’Rouke, Lizzo seemed to come out of no where 2 years ago at SXSW (Beto Too!) and now is at the top her industry, heading Stubbs Austin last night. And we have no doubt that is where she deserves to be. On Fucking top.
SXSW 2019 saw lots of 2020 Presidential candidates, and we saw one last night. LIZZO 2020.