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Lizzo uses Global Citizen set to call for people to talk more about institutionalised racism: ‘It’s time to make a change’


Lizzo sent a message during her set (Picture: EPA)

Lizzo called out ‘institutionalised racism’ on stage during her set at Global Citizen Live.

The mammoth 24-hour event that kicked off on September 25, took place across seven continents as famous faces united to raise awareness of poverty, vaccine inequality and climate change.

The Juice singer stormed New York’s Central Park for a blistering set that included her hits such as Good As Hell and Truth Hurts.

Lizzo looked sensational in a hot pink PVC jumpsuit with big, matching ruffled sleeves that she teamed with pink nails and lipstick.

Mid performance she took a moment to address the fans watching around the world, urging them to have open conversations about inequality to encourage them to help others.

After saying she was ‘grateful every time I can step up on stage’, the 33-year-old added: ‘As we talk about climate change and making the world a better place and solving homelessness, we also have to talk about the institutionalized racism that happens in this country all the time.

‘And if we don’t talk about our history constructively, how can we build a better future?

The singer looked stunning in a hot pink outfit (Picture: Getty)
Lizzo told fans: ‘It’s time to make a change’ (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s time to talk about things, and it’s time to make a change. And it starts within. You got to better to yourself, so you can be better to others.’

The star regularly speaks out about racism she has faced and she previously appeared in an Instagram video calling out people who made nasty comments about her online.

‘Y’all doing this to black women over and over and over again, especially us big black girls,’ the Rumors star added.

‘When we don’t fit into the box that you want to put us in you just unleash hatred onto us. it’s not cool.’

Lizzo later added on Twitter: ‘Loving yourself in a world that don’t love u back takes an incredible amount of self awareness & a bullshit detector that can see through ass backwards societal standards…

The star performed her biggest hits including Juice and Good As Hell (Picture: Getty)
Lizzo performed in New York as part of the event (Picture: Getty)

‘If u managed to love yourself today I’m proud of u. If u haven’t, I’m still proud of u. This s**t’s hard.’

Global Citizen Live was bursting at the seams with performances from superstars such as Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Lopez and BTS.

Over 60 artists took part in the festival that included cities such as London, Paris and Seoul.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, also appeared on stage as they continue to make their first major public appearances since quitting the Royal Family.

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