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.