Lizzo alleges racist attack after her concert; Summerfest promises investigation
By all accounts Lizzo's heavily anticipated concert at Summerfest last night delivered. The singer herself called it "the best show ever," but the performance itself was upstaged by an alleged racist attack after the concert involving a Summerfest guard.
"DID ANYBODY GET FOOTAGE OF THE SECURITY GUARD THAT TACKLED AND ATTACKED MY TEAM @SUMMERFEST ?!" the singer tweeted after her show. "THEY SLAPPED AND MANHANDLED MY HAIR STYLIST AND STYLIST AND IM OUT FOR BLOOD"
"That was the best show ever but I feel like I can't even celebrate cuz RACISM don't matter if you a headliner.... SMH @Summerfest please send footage" she added.
Summerfest was quick to respond, and in a pair of tweet promised to investigate the incident. "Lizzo gave an incredible performance which she now feels is tarnished by events which occurred during the performance. We do not tolerate racism in any form. We will conduct a thorough investigation," the organization wrote.
"We have an experienced crowd management staff who strive to protect performers & fans," it added in a second tweet. "While there may be challenges during a performance, we expect those challenges to be handled professionally & respectfully. If those standards were not met, we will take appropriate action."
Lizzo responded to that statement with an appreciative tweet.
Tonight was beautiful. You are beautiful. But the struggle ain’t over. Racism and bigotry don’t care if you’re a headliner. Thank you @summerfest. We will be filing a complaint against that bigoted “security” guard and I hope you’ll be cooperative in seeking justice. 🤘🏾xoxo pic.twitter.com/bt3J5Cy1AS— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) June 28, 2019
No video of the incident appears to be online. We will update this post with more information as it become available.