Lady Gaga Respectfully Goes Off On Kelly Osbourne In An Open Letter

Kelly Recently Called Lady Gaga's Fans 'The Worst' Cyber Bullies

Well, 2013 is starting to look like the year of BEEF. We’ve, naturally, had some pretty sweet rap beef to follow (Angel Haze and Azealia Banks, also the Meek Mill/Cassidy beef is leading to some pretty awesome diss records). And now I think it’s safe to say that Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne have also succumbed to the beef brewing deep within their souls… lol. Do y’all remember when Kelly spoke out in an interview with Fabulous magazine about how her weight is still an issue for other people (even as she’s in the best shape of her life)? Well, apparently, she specifically called out Lady Gaga‘s fans for their constant cyber-bullying and now Mama Monster is calling her out too. Click inside for more!

So here’s what Kelly said about Gaga’s Little Monsters:

I’m the thinnest I’ve ever been and the healthiest I’ve ever been. I get called fat all the time. A big fat whore,” she told the magazine, adding that “Lady Gaga’s fans are the worst. They’ve said I should kill myself, that they hope I get raped. I mean it’s crazy but I’ve had this all my life and I just try and ignore it.”

After hearing about Kelly‘s interview, Lady Gaga penned an open letter to the Fashion Police star. And honestly? I agree with a lot of what Gaga has to say. Here’s the letter, in full:

Dear Kelly, While I wish you had reached out to me personally, as the head of the Born This Way foundation with my mother Cynthia we would like to respond. Everyday, through my music and public voice I choose to be positive and work towards a kinder and braver world with our community of followers. I encourage them to ignore criticism, stand up to bullies, know their own value and see that we are all the same and no one person is worth more than another. I know I’m perceived as a wild child, but in reality I am woman that deeply cares for humanity. I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path. Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another. “Appearance” is the most used reason for bullying in the world. Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature. It glorifies you and Joan Rivers pointing in the camera, laughing, and making jokes about artists and celebrities as if we are zoo animals. What about your body revolution? It used to make me truly sad when I would hear people talk about your weight when you were younger, as I was bullied too. To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding. Why not help others? Why not defend others who are bullied for their image and share your story? I am pointing this out not to take a crack at your character, as we’ve met before and you’re lovely. However, I urge you to take responsibility and accountability for the example that you are setting for young people. They look up to you because you are famous, and if you treat others that way on TV, many adolescents at home on twitter assume your actions are acceptable: well if she does it, why can’t I? I cannot control my fans, and I discourage them from any negativity and violence, because that is wrong and hurtful — and I do feel baldy that your feelings were hurt. However, we can all do our part in the media to set a standard of respect, compassion, and love. I wish for you to be treated with the kindness and respect that everyone deserves. While some of my fans have learning to do, most of them share the same values as I, and it’s what bonds us together. And that bond is strong. Sincerely Gaga and Cynthia www.bornthiswayfoundation.org PS. And to any media or celebrities that happen to find this letter in their path, I hope you, too, consider the power of your voices. Lets work together and make 2013 a year of unity.

 

Okay, now here’s the part I don’t agree with. I don’t necessarily like that Gaga starts it off by comparing herself to Kelly and sort of arguing that– because she’s presumably the pop star with a heart of gold– she’s more compassionate (AKA a better person, lol) than Kelly. I certainly don’t know (and don’t care to try to figure out) who’s the better human being, but there is some truth to what Gaga‘s saying. We do live and participate in a culture of negativity. I watch Fashion Police, and while I like the show and love Joan‘s humor, I think it’s interesting to think about the mentality behind the show. And really, the show isn’t the main issue. The show is ‘merely’ a symptom of a culture that looooves to ish on people. Fashion Police, however, is also about giving props where props are due — but even the title of the show tells us that the idea is a little more sinister than that.

You could argue that ‘sinister’ is a strong word for a show that’s supposed to be frivolous and fun, but everything has its cultural consequences and everything is, well, political. All of the blogs, all of the paparazzi, all of this stuff points to a celebrity-obsessed culture. What I like is that Gaga‘s pointing out that our obsession does NOT have to be rooted in negativity (i.e. wanting to make fun of people, wanting to see people looking ridiculous, etc.), which is kind of where we are right now.

What do you guys think of Gaga‘s letter? Like I said, I find it a bit self-righteous in the beginning– and who can say if she’s sincere or not– but I really do appreciate the general message of the piece.

 

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  1. I think Gaga has bought way too much into her own hype and has turned into someone incapable of self-reflection. Her letter didn’t come off as sincere or conciliatory to me at all. Obviously she can’t control all of her fans but she tends to whine a lot and play the victim so her fans feel free to do whatever it takes to defend her. I think Kelly is right to ask her to say something to her fans instead of just this lip service about her foundation.

    I think Sharon Osbourne’s letter in response had some good points too:
    http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2013/01/sharon-osbourne-calls-lady-gaga-a-publicly-seeking-hypocrite-in-open-letter.html

  2. I think people take Twitter comments way too seriously. First of all, like with the Bieber cutting thing the other day…just because someone claims to be a “fan” of someone on twitter doesn’t mean that they aren’t just some random trying to impersonate a fan base. Secondly, even if they are a true fan, how is a celeb expected to control them?

    Ultimately, I think all the celeb can do is say they disagree with the negativity. Gaga has done that quite a bit (in regards to several other celebs), so I don’t know what else Sharon or Kelly thinks that she should do about this.

  3. I think this hole beef kinda is weird. Gaga penned that letter after Shannon (Kelly´s mama) wrote a letter to gaga´s manager to tell gaga to tweet her little monster to get off Kelly´s back and stop bullying her. Sharon wanted to keep it private but Gaga wanted to make it public. So Shannon made a public letter too. Im not picking a side because i think both of them made a point and made each other sound like a hypocrite, but i think Gaga should really stand up say something to her so called fans. There are a lot of cray cray things happening in every freaking fan base but her little monster are the cruelest little fuckers on internet. Im luckily so old that i don´t care and don´t need to live with that shit but there is a line that these little things have grossed way to many times.

    • I don’t know if I agree about the public/private timeline. I think this whole thing started because Kelly said Gaga looked pregnant on Fashion Police, and then Kelly’s comments in Glamour. Kind of seems odd that the Osbornes would want to transition to private after that public comment.

    • IT DOESN’T MATTER , IF YOU WANT TO FIX SOMETHING , YOU DO IT PRIVATELY, GAGA ISN´T A SAINT, SHE LOVES PUBLICITY AND HER NEW ALBUM IS COMING OUT. SHE COULD WRITTE SOMETHING PUBLICLY TO HER FANS ASKING THEM TO STOP ATTACKING ANY ARTIST. BUT SHE DOESN’T

  4. Keegan

    I like the idea of the message, but.. it could work both ways. I’m not saying either person is right or wrong, but just as Kelly “could have” reached out to Gaga personally, in a non-public way, Gaga could have done the same thing. And really, Kelly was responding to a question in a magazine – and though they’re fans of Gaga – she wasn’t specifically saying anything about the woman herself.

    I understand Gaga’s point about Fashion Police, but really, it is a comedy show. Yes, they all say “mean” things but only Joan says the worst. And to be fair, she’s a comedian and you can be sure that all of her jokes are calculated. There’s a difference between making fun of Gaga for showing up to the Grammys in an egg and making jokes about kids on the street, something they never do on the show. I think it’s expected that celebrities can take a few jokes about what they wear at events that really, are meant to be gigantic spectacles, where every move they make is scrutinized to the nth degree. Is that fair? Hard to say.

    I really don’t think there’s real beef here between these two – I think they’re smart, sensible people. If anything, I think celebrities could be a little more coy in responding to questions where reporters are most obviously fishing for drama.

    • Steph

      I understand what you are saying, however, let me give you another view on what you’ve said. Imagine explaining your above statements to a 12 year old, what would they take away from it?

      - Its ok that person hangs out with a bully (even a funny bully). It only gives the bully more power and encouragement to keep going
      -Its ok to make fun of that person because they are popular and they should expect to be made fun of
      -That kid who likes to play with stamps, or maps or some other weird hobby that we don’t understand is ok to make fun of because they are different….

      Just because someone is a celebrity doesn’t mean they are not people and therefore deserve to be scrutinized. But the really important part is the message that is being sent: its ok to make fun of someone (or support others making fun of people) as long as its funny

    • Keegan

      “Just because someone is a celebrity doesn’t mean they are not people and therefore deserve to be scrutinized”

      I agree with you on that – to a point. I’d say 90% of people with ‘celebrity status’ don’t deserve the attention they receive from the media/public in regards to their personal lives/appearance. However, Lady Gaga has made a career of pulling stunts to attract attention to herself. Whatever you may think of her music, I question how much staying power she would have had if people weren’t always watching her to SEE what she would do next – not so much listen to her music. That doesn’t mean she isn’t free to express herself in whatever way she desires, but I can’t say I’m surprised by the multitude of reactions people have to her art. I think it’s unrealistic to think that, say, taking away a show like Fashion Police or having Lady Gaga tell her fans “not to be mean” would stop people from doing whatever they’d like – especially on the internet. If there are no real consequences to their actions, the internet is the only place many people are bold enough to say things they wouldn’t ever dare say in real life.

      “But the really important part is the message that is being sent: its ok to make fun of someone (or support others making fun of people) as long as its funny”

      I think that’s a tricky statement. In fully supporting an idea like that, you basically say what is and is not acceptable in comedy. There’s no grey area – it’s black and white. I think that the reality is that everyone has different levels of what is and what is not acceptable. Some comedians (like Ellen Degeneres) can poke fun of someone in a way that is completely un-offensive and get a laugh, while others (Joan Rivers, as the obvious example) go for the gut. Everyone has their own audience, style and delivery methods and cater to those groups pretty specifically, especially in comedy. But saying that you just cannot make fun of others – sorry, I just can’t agree with that. You don’t need to be mean – but it’s like saying Lady Gaga wore a meat dress, and unless you loved it, you’re not allowed to say anything else on the subject.

  5. Jess

    I’ve watched Fashion Police enough times to notice Kelly cringe at a lot of Joan’s statements. Sure she is smiling (she is on TV after all) but I’ve personally never seen her laugh when it comes to weight issues. If anything, I’ve seen her praising people (like Jennifer Hudson for example). Honestly, IMO Joan is like another Simon Cowell, if people are taking those comments to heart, then there’s something seriously wrong!

    Yeah, I’m still team Kelly. :P

  6. Jstar

    If you have watch Fashion Police Kelly is the nicest person on the show (I love me some Joan Rivers). Kelly always compliments people. What she comments on is the fashion choices as being complimentary or not…she doesn’t bash PEOPLE she comments on the fashion choices…very different than bullying

    • I like Kelly…but she does get very nasty about a few people. Not always, but when she goes there it is really awful. Her comments about Christina Aguilera were VILE, imo. It is as if she thinks of she was bullied, she can do it to others as well. She said Gaga looked pregnant on Fashion Police.

  7. Truth Hurts

    On one hand I agree with Gaga. Kelly Osbourne started this whole think but on the other hand I agree with Sharon that Lady Gaga is a hypocrite saying not saying anything to her fans. But she can control what people write in the name of Lady Gaga. The whole letter thing scream for attention but Kelly mention it a magazine does too. It come with being a celebrity that people will always say nasty thing to you by hiding behind a computer. I mean Kelly should know this by now not everybody going to like you.

  8. Ara

    Honestly I think Lady Gaga is seeking attention from the media and what better way than to start a feud get her name out there help ticket sales. I do have to say I like Sharon Osbourne’s fierce protectiveness over her kids and I agree with the others about Kelly being the nicest on Fashion Police every episode I have seen she’s been pretty fair.

  9. KJ

    I used to be such a Gaga fan but this… What is she even going on about? Kelly made an observation – that Gaga’s fans are a little loco when it comes to anyone other than Mother Monster. Somehow Gaga interprets this as shade? Gaga is the same woman that tweeted “Pop stars don’t eat.” I just, can’t deal anymore.

  10. Lauren xx

    Lady Gaga never seems to handle anything privately and always turns every little thing into some sort of platform. It’s hard for me to see anything she does as being genuine. Gaga is like the used car salesman of the celebrity world, and I automatically resist everything she is shilling.

  11. Donny

    I agree that Gaga’s letter came off as self-righteous and insincere. There’s nothing wrong with Fashion Police and clearly Gaga takes it way too seriously. Let’s not forget these stars are parading down a red carpet to show off and have their picture taken in gowns that cost thousands of dollars. Critiquing their fashion choices is harmless and it’s not bullying on any level.

    Gaga referred to celebrities as “zoo animals” as if that’s not true. They ARE zoo animals. You can look but don’t get too close and don’t touch.

    She wants Kelly to have compassion but where is hers since she wears fur? I guess compassion has limits and boundaries that she defines for herself. Well, guess what? Kelly’s allowed to define hers as well.

    • Jim

      I agree most with this. I think it is really pretty ridiculous on Gaga’s part to take this as some sort of slam. In my mind, I hear Kelly speaking smartly about her experiences with the tweets, not in some sort of teary outburst. She is commenting that they are one of the worst, and I don’t agree (Bieber’s self mutalating group has shown they are easily motivated to hurt anyone) but I can certainly see her position. Kelly is on a show that is intended to be funny. Just about every zing could be done with a wink and a “just kidding!” on that show, but that’s implied and would be silly to do. These kind of tweets are not.

  12. Amanda

    It’s ridiculous for me to take teams but I’m Camp Osbourne on this. Especially after reading Sharon Osbourne’s letter in response to Gaga’s.

    The thing with Gaga is, she seems to always think the world revolves around her and her “Little Monsters”. And she seems to think her fans are the purest, most beautiful, kindest, most magical people in the entire universe. Well they’re not. Some of them are just vile and are bullies themselves, so clearly Gaga needs to address that before attacking Kelly for calling them out. It’s not okay to ask a person, famous or otherwise, to “kill themselves”. I wouldn’t condone such behavior if I were famous and had the platform to say something about it. Gaga has, and she should address that rather than channeling so much effort in writing an open letter to Kelly which will only get her millions of “mini Gagas” to turn on Kelly even more.

  13. perdiz

    I LOVE Sharon Osbourne so I may be a little biased in my siding with the Osbourne’s. If Gaga wants it to be a year of unity why is she penning a letter telling Kelly that what she does for a living is incorrect? Gaga should stick to wearing wacky outfits to get attention instead of critiquing others, something she claims to be against.

  14. Even though I am not a fan of Gaga or really anything she does, I have to give her some props for this letter. Yes, the publicity she’s going for here is the same media-whoring that all celebs to in keeping their name above the fold, but the message is true. Kelly is unfortunately a contradiction of herself. She grew up outside the barbie mold and slimmed herself down and she looks fantastic, but then she did join a media that berates the appearances of others, so trying to stand on a soap box about being accepted is a total contradiction. However the things people have said to her are heinous and I don’t understand how humans have that little class.

  15. emily

    Kelly’s attitude on the Fashion Police is the reason I stopped watching. She was a bully, and then bragged about the famous people she knew. She ragged on Xtina’s weight and the appearance of others, then acted holier than thou. I saw her as a spoiled rich kid and had to stop watching the show because of her. Everyone can change, and if she has become more matured as people mentioned above, well then good for her, but she always rubbed me the wrong way with that attitude. And now she’s saying, “poor me.” pssh.

  16. Vicky

    Imagine if people took the time to think about and respond to issues that actually matter in the world…

  17. Nathan

    Kelly is quite the bi*ch sometimes. You can’t be that way and expect every person in to be sweet back to you. If you’re gonna give, ya gotta take.

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