The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:00 am


Lizzo slams criticism after game

Associated Press

Lizzo is going to keep doing Lizzo after social media exploded with fat shaming over her exposed, thong-covered backside as she danced at a Los Angeles Lakers game while the team's cheerleaders performed to her hit “Juice.”

The singer-rapper got up and twerked, revealing a cut-out at the back of her short black T-shirt dress, and was shown on the stadium's television screens during Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.

Later, on Instagram, Lizzo addressed the controversy.

“Never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself,” she said in a livestream. “This is who I've always been. Now everyone's lookin' at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me.”

Lizzo said she stood up and danced, exposing her thong, out of gratitude to the Laker Girls as they performed to her song. She added: “I'm blessed, and I want you to know that you're blessed.”

Bryan stag killed

An exotic red stag owned by country music singer Luke Bryan was shot and killed on his private property outside Nashville last week, Tennessee wildlife officials confirmed.

Investigators think the deer was shot from the road, state Wildlife Resources Agency spokesman Barry Cross told the Tennessean on Monday.

The wildlife official said Bryan's farm manager reported the shooting, which investigators think took place between last Wednesday and last Friday.

The Maury County Sheriff's Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible, according to a bulletin posted to Facebook on Saturday.

Red stags are not native to the U.S. – they're a species of deer similar to elk and are typically found in mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.

Bryan and his wife, Caroline, help operate Brett's Barn on one of their properties, a petting zoo founded by the couple in memory of their niece, who died as an infant.

Children can come there and interact with horses, pigs and more exotic animals such as kangaroos and an alpaca. It's unclear if the stag was involved with the zoo.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Rita Moreno is 88. Singer David Gates is 79. Actress Donna Mills is 79. Singer Brenda Lee is 75. Singer Paul Beasley is 75. Actress Teri Garr is 72. Actress Bess Armstrong is 66. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 65. Bassist Mike Mesaros is 62. Bassist Nikki Sixx is 61. Actor Ben Browder is 57. Singer-bassist Justin Currie is 55. Bassist David Schools is 55. Actor Gary Dourdan is 53. Actress-comedian Mo'Nique is 52. Actor Max Martini is 50. Rapper-actor Mos Def is 46. Actor Rider Strong is 40. Actress Xosha Roquemore is 35. Actress Karla Souza is 33. Actress-singer Hailee Steinfeld is 23.

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