Lady Gaga Writes Kelly Osbourne Open Letter Regarding Bullying
Paws are up and claws are out in this ongoing Lady Gaga vs. Kelly Osbourne saga. It's actually Lady Gaga's little monsters that have started a bit of a battle with the 'Fashion Police' host. Things have gotten out of hand, and now Gaga has penned an open letter to Osbourne, putting a virtual arm around her and then turning the tables on her for being on a show that insults and judges people for the way they look.
That's some brilliant spin right there on Gaga's part. Checkmate. Or checkmonster.
Here's what happened.
Last year, Osbourne criticized Gaga for skipping the Grammy red carpet, which ignited a monster uprising and a torrent of criticism was then sent her way. Osbourne also suggested that Gaga was pregnant last year. So much indirect drama between the ladies.
She told Fabulous magazine (quotes via Huffington Post) that the little monsters continue to hurl insults her way. "I'm the thinnest I’ve ever been and the healthiest I’ve ever been," she said. "I get called fat all the time. A big fat w----."
The culprits are the little monsters. "Lady Gaga’s fans are the worst," she confessed. "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."
Yikes. That's not polite behavior, monsters! Especially since your Mother Monster recently launched her Body Revolution campaign, and constantly reminds you to rejoice and love yourself today.
Osbourne likes Gaga, saying "she's a good singer," but labeled the monster contingent "the worst fans in the world." Um, Kel, that's not going to do anything to get the monsters off your back. Osbourne feels that it's up to Gaga to call off the dogs, saying, "You have a responsibility to stop that."
Below is the entirety of Gaga's letter to Osbourne addressing the drama.
Open Letter to Kelly Osbourne:
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.
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