On Easter Sunday (April 12), he held “the world’s biggest dance-a-thon” broadcast via Instagram to raise funds for healthcare workers battling at the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in underserved communities. Diddy invited a number of big name celebrities to join him on the livestream such as Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kelly Rowland among others.
However, when Lizzo joined the livestream, things took a rather awkward turn. The “Truth Hurts” artist showed her appreciation for healthcare workers with a ‘Thank You’ card before she twisted off into a twerk while dancing to Moneybagg Yo’s “1 2 3” with Diddy’s sons, Justin, Quincy and Christian on the live session.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” Diddy interrupted as he swiftly rushed back into the camera once he noticed what was happening and turned the song off. “It’s Easter Sunday. Let’s play something a little bit family friendly,” he discussed with Lizzo. Flustered, she apologized profusely. “Sorry, sorry, sorry! Let’s do something fun...play something I can bop to,” Lizzo added before suggesting he play her song, “Juice.”
When Draya appeared on the livestream later on in the evening, however, the same rule didn’t seem to apply. The former Basketball Wives star showed off her moves to Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” while Diddy and his sons cheered her on. “Yo, Draya, we're proud of that. You killed that,” he congratulated her once the moment was over. “I think that was one of the top performances.”
Diddy’s difference in reactions toward the women apparently didn’t sit well with the Twitterverse.
“So Dr*ya is allowed to twerk on Diddy’s live but NOT Lizzo?” one user pointed out on Twitter.
“The fact that Diddy let Draya twerk on his live after he PUBLICLY shamed &' embarrassed Lizzo for doing the SAME THING, just proves that there is a double standard when it comes to her,” a second added.
However, Diddy took to his Instagram Stories later that night to clear up any confusion and set the record straight.
“There’s one thing I want to make clear. My queen, my sister, Lizzo. When I stopped the music, it was ‘cause it had a lot of curses in there. Not ‘cause she was twerking. She’s one of the best twerkers in the world, okay? So, let’s keep that clear. You are allowed to twerk on Easter,” he clarified. “There was a lot of cursing in the record and I don’t need child services knocking on my door right now. So, that’s why I stopped the record. Lizzo we love you, and everybody stop looking for the negative! Look for the positive.”
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