Sometimes the Truth Hurts


Zoey McCarty, Staff Writer

“I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that @#$%*” came from American singer/songwriter Lizzo in her number one hit song “Truth Hurts” that’s been on the Billboard Hot 100 for over seven weeks now. Suddenly, everything has changed for Lizzo from making hits to  taking hits in the courtroom.

Over the past week Lizzo has been accused of plagiarism in her 2017 hit “Truth Hurts.” The Raisen brothers who claim they were allegedly present during the writing process and, therefore, deserve writing credit. Back in 2017 the Raisen brothers and Lizzo helped co-wrote a song called “Healthy” then came to create “Truth Hurts” that became a hit two years later. Now, a new person of interest, Twitter user, Mina Lioness, has come forward and claimed that Lizzo took the line “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that @#$&8” from a tweet that she put out years ago and wants recognition for inspiring the song.

Lizzo should not give the Raisen brothers or Mina Lioness writing credits for her song “Truth Hurts” in the first place. None of this had been an issue originally until two years later when “Truth Hurts” hit number one on Billboard and now that it is getting attention, the people now wants to take a piece of the apple.

Now Lizzo has spoken because the whole controversy about “Truth Hurts” and released a statement saying that the Raisen brothers duo have nothing to with writing her mega hit which is the main conflict of the lawsuit to begin with. 

 Lizzo has said that there were no others present during the writing of “Truth Hurts” except songwriter Ricky Reed and herself.

On the opposite side of the debate people would say that Lizzo did the right thing about giving Mina Lioness writing credit for “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that @#$%*”tweet because there are copyright laws  in the United States to protect others to take credit without permission.

Copyright law states that a writer has ownership over their work however, Lioness waved her rights when she posted the tweet to Twitter allowing Twitter the ability to use her tweet without her permission. While that doesn’t necessarily give Lizzo the right based on Copyright Laws, it does beg the question, “Why does she care now, if she didn’t mind waving her right to let Twitter use it?”

Lizzo shouldn’t have give Mina Lioness any writing credit because the whole thing was all Twitter which is world platform for anybody to use the memes and tweets post for everyone to use. Everybody pull out content from social media like Twitter, Instagram,and Facebook to repost on their own, but it’s a trend that people do everyday.

After everything, the controversy of “Truth Hurts” lawsuit has finally ended, however, Lizzo really should not have given any credit or recognition to Mina Lioness or the Raisen brothers. There are people who would use their power for greed and fame. “Truth Hurts” controversy is a perfect example of how many people would use power to get what they want.