Lizzo Apologises For Putting Food Delivery Worker “On Blast” After Her Order Never Arrived
Lizzo tweeted out the worker's photo and name to her near one million followers.
Lizzo has apologised for putting a Postmates delivery worker ‘on blast’ to her near one million Twitter followers, after receiving criticism for posting the worker’s photo and name online after her food didn’t arrive.
Yesterday, Lizzo tweeted out a screenshot of her deliverer’s profile, writing in a now-deleted tweet, “Hey @Postmates this girl Tiffany W. stole my food. she lucky I don’t fight no more.”
While Postmates responded post-haste, many were quick to criticise Lizzo for essentially assuring that a food delivery worker — notoriously low-paid contractors working without any benefits — would likely be reprimanded and potentially fired, or even doxxed by the singer’s fans.
A celebrity exposing someone on Twitter who makes 9 bucks an hour and doesn't even get to keep tips for stealing food of all things is really some next level bullshit.
— Jess Flores (@MildredPierce_) September 17, 2019
Publicly shaming someone in the service industry (esp. when you’re wealthy) is worse than stealing food.
— Emma Holder (@emmaholder) September 17, 2019
Please delete this if you were going to complain you didn't need to post a picture and her name I'm sure you know how the internet works smh pic.twitter.com/IjbKaxVDHB
— Peach Sukari (@Peach_Sukari) September 17, 2019
The comments come shortly after Lizzo targeted a music journalist for a critical but positive Pitchfork review of her third album Cuz I Love You. She joins the likes of Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey, who have both targeted critics over reviews of their albums in recent months, in doing so unleashing a torrent of fan hate towards their detractors.
“I mean obviously all celebrities use artificial personas to sell their art,” wrote Music Junkee writer Joe Earp on Twitter, “but the gulf between Lizzo’s artistic voice — accepting, warm — and her social media one — desperately concerned with getting people fired — trips me up every time.”
imagine gps sent you on the wrong route and now you getting screenshots of lizzo saying she gon beat you up over a $5 tackle box.
— 💵 (@IsiahaSaid) September 17, 2019
As many tweeted, Lizzo also couldn’t be sure that the worker ‘stole’ her food: a series of GPS errors or issues could’ve gotten in the way. Postmates later confirmed to Page Six that the worker did arrive at Lizzo’s address, but didn’t receive a response within five minutes and so left, as per the company’s policy.
A day later, Lizzo has deleted the tweet, and apologised.
“I apologise for putting that girl on blast,” she wrote. “I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could’ve put her in danger. Imma really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door.”
Lizzo arrives in Australia in January for FOMO, after her 2017 song ‘Truth Hurts’ recently reached the #1 spot on the US Billboard charts.