Lizzo Responds To ‘South Park’ Episode, Mentioning Her In Context Of Obesity

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Lizzo reacted with wide-eyed shock and apparent excitement to being mentioned in this week’s obesity-themed special of “South Park.” In a TikTok video shared on Saturday, the rapper and singer blind-reacted to the scene, humorously telling viewers that her “worst fear had been actualized”: being name-checked in a “South Park” episode.

The episode, titled “South Park: The End of Obesity,” premiered on Friday on Paramount+. In the storyline, Cartman embarks on a quest for weight-loss medication. When he learns about anti-obesity drugs but can’t afford them, his doctor prescribes a cheaper alternative: a medication called “Lizzo,” which appears to be an album. During a commercial for “Lizzo,” an upbeat voice claims the drug makes users “feel good about [their] weight,” stating that 70% of those who took it “no longer cared how much they weighed.”

Representatives for Lizzo and Paramount did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The episode airs amid a growing craze around drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, which have been popularized over the past year by celebrities and influencers using them for rapid weight loss.

Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Jefferson, is known for promoting body positivity through her lyrics and social media. Cartman’s doctor describes her in the episode as “an excellent singer who talks about body positivity and just being happy with the way you look.” When Cartman first receives his prescription to listen to Lizzo five times a day and watch her videos each night before bed, he’s initially unenthused.

By the end of the episode, after an absurd adventure fails to secure weight-loss drugs for Cartman, he and his friends appear to have a change of heart. In a monologue in the school cafeteria, Kyle admits he was “wrong” to think that “fat people just needed more willpower.” He criticizes sugar, pharmaceutical companies, and insurers for profiting off the masses.

This episode comes less than a year after three of Lizzo’s former dancers sued her over allegations of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment, including claims of weight-shaming one of the dancers. Lizzo has denied these allegations.