Lizzo puts her money where her mouth is.
On Friday, the “Grrrls” singer said she would be donating $500,000 from proceeds from her upcoming fall tour to Planned Parenthood and other abortion organizations. Her pledge comes in response to the US Supreme Court’s overturning of the Roe vs. Wade lawsuit, which will remove federal protections for abortion.
“I pledge $500,000 from my upcoming tour for Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights,” she announced on Twitter.
To top off the deal, the Yitty shapewear founder added that Live Nation will fulfill their pledge, bringing the total funding for the reproductive health organizations to $1 million. Live Nation confirmed its end of the deal on social media.
Partnering with Lizzo and other artists was just one of the steps Live Nation wanted to take in light of the Supreme Court’s historic decision. In Instagram and Twitter posts, Live Nation said it will also cover travel expenses for employees seeking reproductive health services outside of their home state. It joins a host of other entertainment companies – including Netflix, Walt Disney, Sony Pictures and Paramount – who say they will do the same.
The live music and events company also said it would support employees’ community activism and post bail for workers arrested while peacefully protesting.
Planned Parenthood won’t be the only organization to benefit from Lizzo’s money. Taking to Twitter, the singer said the proceeds will also go to the National Network of Abortion Funds. Additionally, Lizzo urged her followers to donate and sign the “Banns Off My Body” petition.
“The most important thing is action and loud voices,” Lizzo wrote in an Instagram post.
She continued, “Black women and women of color have historically had disproportionately less access to family planning resources — this is a great loss, but not a new one.”
Lizzo will be performing at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida beginning September 23rd. The tour concludes on November 18th at the Kia Forum in Inglewood.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-24/lizzo-live-nation-pledge-1-million-to-planned-parenthood Lizzo, Live Nation pledge $1M for abortion organizations