Lizzo Alleges Racism, ‘Attack’ by Guard; Summerfest Investigating

The allegations and Summerfest’s response played out after her stage-headlining show Thursday night.

Lizzo called her performance last night at Summerfest “the best show ever.” But she also said she couldn’t enjoy it after two members of her team were “attacked” by a “bigoted” security guard.

In a series of tweets late Thursday and early Friday, Lizzo said a guard tackled, slapped and “manhandled” her stylist and hairstylist and used “hurtful language.” “Racism and bigotry don’t care if you’re a headliner,” she tweeted.

About two hours after Lizzo’s initial tweet, Summerfest responded: “We do not tolerate racism in any form,” it tweeted. “We will conduct a thorough investigation.”

Lizzo’s first tweet – around 11 p.m., just after her 10 p.m. headline performance at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse ended, was in all caps and asked  if anyone captured video of the alleged incident. 


She later thanked followers for their support, said she would be file a complaint against the guard and repeated her request for video.

Before and after Summerfest’s response, which Lizzo retweeted, she posted several photos and videos from the show – one of the most highly anticipated performances of the festival. 

Later Friday morning, after tweeting that she was off to London, she noted in another tweet that racism takes many forms. 


A spokeswoman for Summerfest declined to comment beyond the Twitter statement issued early Friday, and a publicist for Lizzo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.