Lizzo alleged on Twitter Thursday night that her Summerfest performance was tainted by a security guard assaulting her glam team.
“DID ANYBODY GET FOOTAGE OF THE SECURITY GUARD THAT TACKLED AND ATTACKED MY TEAM @SUMMERFEST ?! THEY SLAPPED AND MANHANDLED MY HAIR STYLIST AND STYLIST AND IM OUT FOR BLOOD,” the 31-year-old “Juice” singer tweeted.
An hour later, she wrote, “F–K! That was the best show ever but I feel like I can’t even celebrate cuz RACISM don’t matter if you a headliner…. SMH @Summerfest please send footage.”
Summerfest is Milwaukee’s largest music festival and was the most recent stop for Lizzo’s tour.
Shortly after tweeting the initial accusations, Lizzo reflected further on the event. “Tonight was beautiful. You are beautiful. But the struggle ain’t over. Racism and bigotry don’t care if you’re a headliner,” she posted on Twitter and Instagram. “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”
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Tonight was beautiful. You are beautiful. But the struggle ain’t over. Racism and bigotry don’t care if you’re a headliner. If you lay hands on my team again I hope you ready for the wrath of god. 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 ******UPDATE: @Summerfest responded and will be investigating the guards who attacked my team! Thanks for the support and please send any footage you might have it all helps!
Summerfest responded to Lizzo’s claims on Twitter, writing, “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.”
They also stated in a follow-up tweet the company has a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior. “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.”
Fans offered Lizzo their support after the alleged treatment her staff received. “They are the worst!” one commenter shared. “I went to a show where they literally tackled the headliner for climbing near a speaker. They have no respect and need some training. Thanks for an amazing show sorry It had to end this way.”
After updating fans that Summerfest was indeed conducting an investigation, she wrote, “Friendly reminder that you don’t have to say the ‘n word’ to be racist. That’s not the sole requirement. Asking people to prove racism is another tool the oppressor uses to marginalize and discredit us.”
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