Joe Budden On Lizzo: "That's Celebrities!"

After the initial lawsuit was filed last week, more of Lizzo's former employees have shared allegations of their own.

BYHayley Hynes

It was only a matter of time before podcaster Joe Budden joined in on the discourse surrounding Lizzo's sexual harassment and hostile workplace lawsuit. As you've likely heard, the body-positive artist is facing serious backlash for allegedly pressuring past employees into sexual acts at an Amsterdam strip club, firing them due to weight gain, and acting aggressively toward them, among other things. In a recent statement, the Detroit native shut down most of the gossip. Still, some were left dissatisfied with her response.

On Friday (August 11), Joe Budden TV's YouTube lit up with a new video discussing current events. Of course, Lizzo's troubling case was at the top of the list. "I witnessed how arrogant, self-centred, and unkind she is," the host read out loud when sharing the story of a director who previously worked with the "Truth Hurts" hitmaker. "Well, that's celebrities," Budden said with a laugh as his co-hosts agreed. "When I was reading all of this s**t, it sounded like regular music industry s**t to me. Maybe that's not a good thing, I don't know," another voice in the room pointed out.

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"It felt like the accusations were coming from people who expected Disneyworld and got like regular, hip-hop music industry s**t," they added. Others shared that the banana sex club escapades are what left them feeling unsure of which side to take. "It sounds like there was peer pressure involved," someone suggested. Another added that the dancers also likely feared that they would lose their jobs if they decided to say no to Lizzo's Amsterdam antics. Ultimately, Budden feels that the issue lies in the fact that the women worked together, and being in an NSFW environment with her employees put the embattled entertainer in a position of power over them.

Lizzo fans who don't want to believe the allegations could be true have been anxiously awaiting more updates. Unfortunately, they came in the form of more past employees sharing their own negative experiences working with the Special singer. Read what others have been saying about Lizzo at the link below. Make sure to check back later for more hip-hop/pop culture news updates.

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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.