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T.I. Shares Supportive Message for Lizzo after FB & Instagram Remove Abusive Comments from Her Pages

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 26, 2021
07:30 A.M.
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The recent release of Lizzo’s latest song, “Rumors,” sparked backlash from internet trolls. In response to the hate, rapper T.I. offered words of support to the pop singer as a veteran musician.

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Lizzo was left broken and emotional this month after trolls attacked her on social media after releasing her latest track with Cardi B, “Rumors.” Lizzo cried as she described feeling unloved by the world.

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The star was body-shamed and attacked for who she was by social media trolls. In an effort to change the narrative, the pop singer’s fans swamped social media with positive posts about the star.

A screengrab of T.I. at the BET Hip Hop Awards on October 27, 2020 | Photo: 2020HHA/Getty Images

A screengrab of T.I. at the BET Hip Hop Awards on October 27, 2020 | Photo: 2020HHA/Getty Images

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Lizzo later revealed that she was doing better amid the overwhelming support, including posts by other stars like Cardi B. Then, on Sunday, the “Juice” vocalist received advice and support from an unlikely source.

Rapper T.I., 40, took to his Instagram account with a video message for the singer, whom he tagged in the post. The rapper confessed that he didn’t know the “Good as Hell” vocalist personally before noting:

“Listen, sweetheart, you are beautiful, you are talented, you are good enough for all the great things the world has to offer…

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T.I. urged the artist not to wait for the public to validate who she was. Showing off his wisdom, the legendary star noted how the trolls’ perceptions were more to do about themselves than with Lizzo.

He said the haters who spoke negatively about the pop singer were speaking that way because that’s how they felt about themselves. The “Grand Hustle” star urged Lizzo not to wait for approval from others.

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His words of encouragement came after the rapper was arrested in Amsterdam for crashing with a police officer while biking and texting. In an early August 2021 post, T.I. laughed off the whole incident.

The comments included racism and fatphobia.

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While in custody, he took to Instagram with a video to explain what had happened. He revealed he wasn’t upset and claimed the policeman was the one who ran into him, breaking his rearview mirror.

The rapper said he was arrested peacefully and was not even placed in handcuffs. The Grammy Award-winning artist was later released and posted another video of himself, this time, outside the police station.

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Back to Lizzo’s internet abuse, the singer was vindicated days after the trolling began when Facebook and Instagram removed several hateful comments on her social media accounts.

Facebook’s spokesman informed “The Hollywood Reporter” that the removed comments broke the company's harassment and hate speech rules. The comments included racism and fatphobia.

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Lizzo's emotional post after the release of “Rumors” came just a week after Instagram unveiled a new feature. It allows users the ability to limit comments and direct message requests during "spikes of increased attention."

Instagram users can opt-in or out of the feature, which automatically hides comments from accounts that don't follow the main user. Posts by fans who have recently followed a user can also be hidden.

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