The pure joy of Lizzo’s Juice, a song of self-love, hedonism and giving precisely no shits, warmed us all up during the cold month of January 2019. But it’s important in our love of the song to understand the message of Juice. Lizzo’s optimism and pride is not superficial. There is a strong political heart in Juice; Lizzo’s feel-good funk is also modern protest music.
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“It takes guts to boldly love yourself in this world that screams in your face that you ain’t shit”
Back in 2015, Lizzo wrote a song called My Skin. Included on her self-released Big Grrrl Small World album, the song was inspired by the police shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old Black man, in Minneapolis, not far from where Lizzo lived at the time. Black Lives Matter protests followed. Lizzo was deeply affected by the incident.
“You can wake up and change many things about your appearance, but the inevitability of waking up in your skin is what unifies us,” Lizzo said. “My Skin literally matters. It matters because it’s the largest organ on my body. Because it’s my exterior. It’s been stretched, sunburnt and covered in glitter. It’s the first thing you notice about me. My skin is dark brown, but if you asked someone they would say it’s black. My blackness is my largest assumed ‘accessory’.”