Rapper and songwriter Lizzo announced on TikTok and Instagram that she would not only be donating $500,000 from her recent tour earnings to Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds, she secured a matching donation from Live Nation. That brings the total donation up to $1 million to help people across the U.S. secure life-saving reproductive healthcare that will be banned or extremely restricted in nearly half the country after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Additionally, she directed fans to her website in order to sign a “Bans Off My Body” petition and “find out ways to volunteer” in the efforts to help people access abortion care and restore everyone’s right to bodily autonomy and privacy.
“This is just the beginning of the action I hope to take to help people have safe planning for families and on their bodies,” says Lizzo in the TikTok video.
In her Instagram post, she cited “action & loud voices” as the most important things needed in this fight right now, and pointed to the fact that Black women have been and will be impacted severely by the ending of federal abortion rights protections in the U.S.
“Black women & women of color have historically had disproportionately less access to family planning resources— this is a great loss but not a new one.”
The post included a pro-choice protest sign riffing from a Lizzo song, reading: “In a minute imma need a governmental man or woman to restore rights.”
Lizzo has partnered with Propeller, a company that attempts to incentivize certain forms of activism by offering reward points to people who sign petitions, sign up to volunteer with certain non-profits, watch educational videos, or take online training courses. Those points can then be used to purchase rewards such as signed Lizzo merchandise, artwork, and tickets to her shows.
The artist also supports a long list of other causes, including Black Lives Matter and general efforts to protect and uplift Black folks, LGBTQ+ rights organizations, climate change action, animal shelters, disaster relief, and many others.
Lizzo has a long history of using her fame to speak up for people’s rights and against oppression. Much of this has been centered around Black lives as well as championing body positivity against anti-fat bias, having been the subject of intense hate related to being a fat woman, and specifically a fat Black woman. However, in 2020, she expressed her desire to expand her activism beyond these two identifiers and for people to see her as a whole woman, not someone reduced to two personal qualities.
“I’m sick of being an activist just because I’m fat and Black,” she told David Letterman. “I want to be an activist because I’m intelligent, because I care about issues, because my music is good, because I want to help the world.”
Back over on TikTok, Lizzo’s fans are giving her high praise for this move and hoping that other celebrities will follow suit.
“You are such an amazing woman and am [sic] inspiration,” said one commenter. “You f—ing rock.”
“Lizzooo thank you,” wrote another. “You seem to be the only one in the industry that actually cares about what’s going on.”