Yesterday we learned that Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne were in a public– but seemingly respectable– beef over an interview Kelly did with Fabulous magazine. Kelly accused Lady Gaga‘s fans of being the worst cyber bullies ever, and Lady Gaga responded with an open letter to Kelly. I thought Gaga raised many good points about our society and how it feeds off of and breeds negativity, but I also thought she came off as a bit self-righteous in her attempts to compare herself (and all her good deeds) to Kelly O and her work on Fashion Police. Anyhoo, many of you mentioned that Kelly‘s Mom Sharon Osbourne had responded in a public letter of her own, which further proves my point that 2013 is the year of BEEF! LOL, okay no. See? There I go breeding negativity in the media! 2013 is the year of… um… open discourse about society and celebrity as we know it. There. That’s better. Not as sensational, but probably better, lol. Click inside for more!
Okay, you can go back and read Gaga‘s letter here. This is what Sharon had to say in response:
I am responding to your open letter to my daughter Kelly, and I am perplexed as to why you would go public with an open letter. Regarding this current situation; Kelly didn’t contact you, I was the one that contacted your manager today and the email is attached below for your reference. I reached out to him as Kelly’s manager and mother to ask him if you could address your “little monster” fans and stop them from writing libelous, slanderous and vile comments about my family, including death threats to Kelly. Your open letter is hypocritical and full of contradictions. And as your mother Cynthia supports you, I support my daughter Kelly. I must say your opinions on what is politically correct and acceptable totally differ from mine, but that is what makes the world so interesting…we are all different. How sweet that you have empathy for my daughter, as you feel that she has taken a less passionate path in life. You say her work on E! with the Fashion Police is “rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another.” Welcome to the real world. Example, when I saw you wear a dress made out of raw meat, I was sickened. When I see you wearing fur, and using it as a fashion statement, the fact that defenseless animals have been killed so you can get your picture in the press is abhorrent to me. Shouldn’t you be teaching your “little monster” fans to respect animals and life? I don’t feel I have to justify Kelly’s choices in life to you. By your actions to Kelly right now, you have shown me that you are nothing more than a publicly seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker. You know it would have been much more dignified of you to do this privately. I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?
You state “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.” Well this obviously is not translating well to your fans, as a large portion of them have not only been vile to Kelly, but also other celebrities such as Madonna, Adele and Rihanna. “You say a kinder, braver world” I don’t know what world you live in, but supporting disgraceful fan comments doesn’t fall under the words “kinder and braver.” It comes under the heading of bullshit.
In closing, stop wearing fur, stop looking for publicity, and stop using your fans to belittle not just Kelly but an endless stream of celebrities. A word from you would stop all the hideous, negative and vile threats from your “little monsters.” Let me know if you want to continue this debate. I’m an open playing field for you my darling.
There you have it. Sharon also posted the multiple e-mails her peoples had sent Gaga‘s peoples, asking her to say something to her fans.
As with Gaga‘s letter, there are things here that I do and do not agree with here. I agree that Gaga went above and beyond the call of duty by writing an open letter. Had that open letter focused solely on the issue of bullying that would be one thing, but the letter was clearly also an attempt to cut Kelly down a bit which really is another form of bullying. However, Sharon Osbourne is taking a similar path here, and I’m not really sure why she thinks Lady Gaga has complete and total control over her fans. “A word from you would stop all the hideous, negative and vile threats…” I completely disagree with that, unless every single one of Lady Gaga‘s fans is a friggen robot, lol.
And in her attempts to defend Kelly‘s work on E! she claims that the “real world” is all about criticism, judging people based on their looks, etc. She may be right, but it seems like that’s the point Gaga was trying to make (again, even if she was making it in an attempt to glorify herself a bit)– that there’s something wrong with that!
However, she’s definitely right about Gaga‘s hypocrisy. Before you attack someone’s morality, you better make sure you have never done some ill ish that people could point out. Let the pop star who is without sin cast the first stone!
I know we have a lot of Team Osbourne folks on here, and I’m definitely not Team Anybody right now. I do like that they are all keeping it fairly cordial (although Sharon kind of sounds like she’s ready to take this BEEF to the next level with her closing lines, lmao), and it’ll be interesting to see where this goes.
What do y’all think of Sharon‘s response? Will we be reading another open letter (from Gaga, from Kelly???) in a few days?