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Lizzo checked a scholar and author who disrespected her by claiming she is only popular because there is an obesity epidemic in America.

The 31-year-old singer/rapper, real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is one of 2019's biggest stars. She topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her 2017 release Truth Hurts and she bagged an impressive eight Grammy nominations - more than any other artist.

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Lizzo was honored as Time's Entertainer of the Year, and she was the guest performer on Saturday Night Live when Eddie Murphy made his triumphant return to SNL on Dec. 21.

However, on Friday, Dec. 20, one Twitter user, social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins, attempted to shame the entertainer, claiming her weight and America's obesity epidemic were behind her extraordinary success.

"#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are," Watkins wrote. "Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease."

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Refusing to let the negativity slide, the "Juice" singer clapped back, insisting her immense "talent" was behind her widespread popularity.

"I'm popular because I write good songs and I'm talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love," Lizzo fired back. "The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me."

She added: "Here's the attention you ordered."

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K-Pop fans are mourning the death of 28-year-old singer Goo Hara on Sunday. The former member of South Korean girl group KARA took her own life 6 months after a previous suicide attempt.

Hara's body was found around 6 p.m. local time on Sunday in the exclusive Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea. A close friend of Hara's said she battled "severe depression" due to negative online comments.

S. Korea police say Hara left a handwritten, "pessimistic" note on her living room table. Hara left a final "goodbye" on Instagram.com before she took her own life. Hara also said "goodbye" to fans on Instagram after her first suicide attempt.

During her recovery Hara apologized to her fans for worrying them. "I am sorry for causing a commotion and concern," she told Sankei Sports.

"In terms of health, I am recovering," she added. "I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues."

Hara, who often spoke out about online bullying in the past, launched an anti-cyberbullying campaign after her first suicide attempt. She pleaded with her fans to leave more positive comments on her timelines. She vowed to ignore the negativity going forward.

"From now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy," she said.

Social media is linked to a dramatic increase in youth and young adult suicide rates and a hike in mental illness diagnoses.

The news of Hara's death comes days after Twitter tech support announced the microblogging platform is offering users the option of hiding replies to spare their feelings.

The "hide replies" feature is available to all users across mobile and desktop platforms. The new feature has been both hailed and criticized as "radical" and "controversial".

Critics noted that a blue popup and an icon alerts users to the hidden replies - and simply clicking the popup reveals the hidden replies to any user.

Critics worry that the new feature could encourage trolls to retaliate against Twitter users for hiding their replies.

One Twitter user wrote: "I wonder if this pop up makes people more likely to pay attention to hidden replies than if they were never hidden in the first place".

Another user tweeted, "What is the point of people hiding unwanted tweet replies if twitter fills the screen with a giant pop-up calling attention to the fact that there are replies they have hidden".

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NY Times writer Farhad Manjoo published an editorial column on Wednesday titled "Never Tweet." Manjoo suggests that journalists who can’t control their emotions should sign off of Twitter - or post less and lurk more in the aftermath of the Covington Catholic students video hoax scandal.

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