Lizzo and Pete Buttigieg appeared on CBS This Morning on Thursday, chummed it up by engaging in small talk, and took photos together. The encounter—specifically, one awkward photo in which Lizzo looks uncharacteristically uncomfortable—ended up on Twitter and predictably, it caused a stir.
This timing is no accident. Lizzo has a new music video to promote, she was nominated for a ton of Grammys, she’s Time’s Entertainer of the Year, and she’s probably trying to distract people from the Lakers game bare butt incident while also still keeping herself in the news. Meanwhile, Buttigieg is doing horribly with black voters. A recent poll showed him at zero percent among black South Carolina Democrats. During his interview on CBS This Morning, he said (as he has in the past) that he had more work to do with winning black Dem support.
We know that Lizzo is probably a Democrat, since she has defended Bernie Sanders against ageism, mentioned that she wasn’t voting for Trump, and has tweeted support for Elizabeth Warren. The latter wasn’t exactly an endorsement, but she did refer to her as “dope candidate.” But according to Twitter, Buttigieg and Lizzo together in a photo—and Buttigieg acknowledging that he was excited to be standing next to her—is awkward, and people had a field day.
There were “100%” references—many of them riffing on Buttigieg’s own quip to Gayle King wondering if he’d had a DNA test recently. (“Yes, I’m 100% the nominee to lead the way.”) Some people expressed joy that two of their faves met in person, while others accused Buttigieg of pandering.
Let’s take a look at the witty, the harsh, and the everything-in-between responses to what might be considered another weird moment in Lizzo’s momentous 2019.
— Kelsey Walsh (@Kjwalsh_news) December 12, 2019
It happened. pic.twitter.com/HJY3V843Oh
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 12, 2019
why Pete great till he gotta be great?
— Jack Straw (@qwosl) December 12, 2019
His extreme discomfort around and his innate fear of people of color is an essential part of his being, unfortunately
— Elux Troxl (@EluxTroxl) December 12, 2019
and the rest of the american people. but i don't think i could ever trust a dude who rides around with mark zuckerberg. shady AF.
— Jaquline Margwarth (@forrreeeal) December 12, 2019
Lol lizzo looks 100% uncomfortable
— big structural poster (@HelpfulKraken) December 12, 2019
Lizzo looks exactly as you'd expect for someone who was just forced to meet Pete Buttigieg.
— Pete Buttigieg is a Boomer ???????????? (@FuzzBeedEli) December 12, 2019
I've never seen Lizzo look uncomfortable, another accomplishment for the accomplishment candidate https://t.co/k7EPRpjeLB
— Bridget Read (@bridgetgillard) December 12, 2019
Next to my family photos I always make sure that my TOYOTA logo is framed and in the most frequently looked at places in the house.
— Halfcentaur (@halfacentaur) December 12, 2019
He looks like he's trying to sell her a Toyota.
— Devalued Patrick (@IanJSchwartz) December 12, 2019