Lizzo debuted the music video for her song "Special" Wednesday, proving that she's always here to save the day.
In the video, Lizzo works as a waitress by day, but dons a superhero cape by night. She's shown saving civilians in peril while wearing a dazzling purple costume, which pays homage to the vintage 1960s look of comic characters.
Though Lizzo wasn't just championing superheroes, as the musician took to Instagram following the video's release to explain how she decided to uplift unseen, everyday heroes — Black women.
"The music video starts off as showing the superhero, the Black woman as superhero, and it's like, America loves a Black woman as superhero, but absolutely hates her as a human being," she said in a voice note. "The glorious superhero, you see her doing the regular life-saving, press, everyone loves her, and then she takes off her costume, it's a Black woman and just showing the juxtaposition of how she gets treated in the real world."
Lizzo finished: "The hope is that y'all see me for who I am, y'all appreciate me, and at the end, I hang up my superman outfit. I ain't saving the world anymore, I'm saving myself."
On Twitter, the "Good as Hell" singer added that the "Special" video "is for anyone who has felt unseen, alone, disrespected. I see you."
"What good is representation if I’m the only one benefiting?" she wrote.
\u201cOn stage I say \u201cthank u for supporting me- when you see someone that looks like me in the Real World keep that same energy.\u201d Because what good is representation if I\u2019m the only one benefiting? The #Special video is for any one who has felt unseen, alone, disrespected. I see u\u2764\ufe0f\u201d— FOLLOW @YITTY (@FOLLOW @YITTY) 1675291407
The song is also the title of Lizzo's recently released fourth studio album, which she first previewed to her mother, Shari Johnson-Jefferson, last year.
Lizzo wrote on her Instagram story alongside the video: "I've always wanted to make my momma proud. Today was her first time hearing my new music. She told me she has ALWAYS been proud of me (even in my crazy rock star sleeping in my car days). She always made me feel special. In case nobody told you yet... you're special. Keep going. I'm proud of you."
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