August has finally come to an end and Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" was undoubtedly one of the biggest hits that was played everywhere this summer—in H&M, in da clerb, and probably even in your mom's car, TBH. Ever since the song shot to the top of the charts, people have been shouting "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100 percent that bitch" whenever they get the chance. Got beef with someone? Yeah, I'm 100 percent that bitch! Popeyes employee finally calls your name to get your chicken sandwich? Yeah, I'm 100 percent that bitch! You get the point. You can't escape it! Even Hillary Clinton tweeted about it! But now that Lizzo is trying to trademark the phrase that's been memed a thousand times over, people are calling her out for allegedly taking it from a 2017 tweet.
The Blast reported that Lizzo was trying to trademark the lyric to use on merchandise like shirts, jackets, hats, wristbands, everything. Most times these things go off without a hitch, but some old tweets just resurfaced on Twitter and it looks like there's some drama about where the lyric originally came from.
When the news broke, one user wrote, "Lizzo has literally built her whole brand off of some stolen words and now her whole shit is unraveling because she point blank refused to cite a Black woman. On Beyoncé's internet, the receipts last forever." The tea was scalding.
Then in the same thread, someone linked to the 2017 tweet in question, one that straight-up said, "I did a DNA test and found out I'm 100 percent that bitch." The old tweet, which is from @MinaLioness, now has over 36,000 likes.
A year after the tweet, Mina tweeted at Lizzo and wrote, "Now everyone believes those were your words, when in fact they were mine. My creativity, my wit, and my comedy." (Mina tweeted that she got the idea for the joke from Demi Lovato, who once tweeted about how her DNA test results said she was 1 percent African.)
In February 2018, Lizzo told Mina via Twitter, "Truth Hurts was written in June FYI—someone made a meme on IG that said, "I'm 100 percent that bitch" and we were inspired, I give that meme credit when I talk about making the song. I've never seen ur viral tweet but I'm glad it exists."
Now that Lizzo filed to trademark it, Mina decided to speak up again and tweet, "What I cannot get over is how brazen Lizzo and her team have been in ignoring my whole presence. They're doing it because they know I have no capital to address her."
Mina also said that if Lizzo had just acknowledged that the lyric was inspired by her tweet, she would've "supported through and through."
Lizzo hasn't responded to Mina's tweets from this month, and it seems like Mina thinks she can't really do anything about the trademark, judging by her statement about her tweets being in the public domain.
All in all, it's a big, unfortunate mess, and it's hard to tell if it'll ever get resolved since Lizzo insists she never saw Mina's original tweet from two years ago.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.