Sunday, June 16, 2024

Bette Midler Encourages a Frustrated Lizzo Not to Quit Show Business: “We Need You”


You may have heard over the weekend that singer Lizzo — beset with lawsuits and social media criticism — announced she was quitting show business.

But the legendary Bette Midler begged her not to give up. She wrote: “I can’t believe that the extraordinary #Lizzo has quit the music business. Lizzo, never let the bastards grind you down. You have changed our lives, don’t do this to us, WE NEED YOU!! I’m gonna cry.”

Lizzo wrote:“I’m getting tired of putting up with being dragged by everyone in my life and on the internet. All I want is to make music and make people happy and help the world be a little better than how I found it. But I’m starting to feel like the world doesn’t want me in it.”

She added: “I’m constantly up against lies being told about me for clout & views. Being the butt of the joke every single time because of how I look … my character being picked apart by people who don’t know me and disrespecting my name.”

Her final line: “I QUIT!”

It’s probably just blowing off steam. But Lizzo ran into problems when some narrow minded people criticized her for performing on Thursday night at Radio City for the re-elect Biden campaign. Presidents Obama and Clinton were there, too.

But Lizzo’s not going anywhere. Her cases will be settled and everyone will go back to their lives. Trust Bette Midler. Her career has gone for 50 years. She sees the big picture!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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