Former hockey star P.K. Subban is facing backlash after making an unnecessary and “fatphobic” comment about Lizzo’s weight during a live broadcast on ESPN.
While chatting with the other panelists about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ round one loss to the Florida Panthers, Subban made a crass suggestion about how the team could improve for Game 2.
“Maybe they need to pack a Lizzo-sized lunch,” Subban, who was previously engaged to Lindsey Vonn, said. “They weren’t prepared in my opinion.”
The comment caught many viewers by surprise and they turned to Twitter to share their frustrations.
“Sis Pk Subban really just say ‘Lizzo sized lunch?’ That’s… not acceptable. That’s fatphobic,” one upset viewer wrote.
“PK Subban randomly dissing Lizzo was NOT on my bingo card for tonight 😭😭,” another added.
“PK Subban being fatphobic and the worst panelist I’ve ever seen in my life… pick a struggle,” a third savagely tweeted.
“’Lizzo sized lunch.’ Gross comment by PK Subban @espn,” someone else saidwhile another shocked fan questioned, “did pk subban just make a fatphobic lizzo joke…..”
Reps for Subban, 33, and Lizzo, 35, did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
The hitmaker — who is a known advocate for body positivity and the plus-sized community — recently begged people to stop making comments about her body.
“Do we realize that artists are not here to fit into your beauty standards? Artists are here to make art?” the “About Damn Time” singer said on her Instagram Story last month.
After sharing some of the nasty comments she has received about her weight, she added, “I wish that comments costed (sic) y’all money so we can see how much time we’re f–king wasting on the wrong thing. Can we leave that s–t back there, please?”
Just a few months earlier, the songstress got candid about how people’s opinions about her body have impacted her career.
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“People have been calling me fat my entire life, but that was the first time seeing an insult of how I looked, who I am, and my music wrapped into one, and it really hurt me,” Lizzo told Vanity Fair. “And if one person says it, then another person says it, it multiplies like a f–king virus.”
“If enough people on the internet start echoing sentiments about you, it becomes part of your public persona and it’s out of your control,” she added.
Yet it’s not just internet trolls that have tried to body-shame the Grammy winner.
Just last year, Lizzo had to clap back at numerous celebrities — including Aries Spears and Kanye West — for making unwarranted remarks about her weight.