Another contender for Beef Of The Week here. Lady Gaga has responded to Kelly Osbourne’s criticism of her fans, but Kelly’s mum Sharon is not impressed with the response.
Osbourne Jr spoke about the online hate that has been sent in her direction over the years in an interview last year, and noted that she had received a lot of negativity from the Lady Gaga fanbase in particular (albeit mainly in response to comments she had made about Gaga on Alan Carr’s Channel 4 chat show).
Said Osbourne: “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”. But, she added, she felt Gaga herself should occasionally step in and admonish her bitchier fans. “I actually think she’s a good singer”, Osbourne said, “but she has the worst fans in the world and you have a responsibility to stop that. I think you do anyway”.
Although the interview was published last year, Gaga has only just responded, mainly because Sharon Osbourne recently reignited the debate by writing to one of Lady Gaga’s management reps asking what they were doing to stop their client’s fans taunting her daughter online.
In her open letter, posted on her website, Gaga said she sympathised but pointed to Osbourne’s involvement in the E! show ‘Fashion Police’ which, she said, was based around the kind of bitchiness and negativity that Osbourne was now complaining about.
Wrote Gaga: “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, judgement, 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. I urge you to take responsibility and accountability for the example that you are setting for young people. We can all do our part in the media to set a standard of respect, compassion, and love”.
Responding via Facebook, Osbourne Sr criticises Gaga for responding on this issue in the public domain, says her response dodges the real issues, and then bangs on a bit about Gaga wearing fur. She concludes: “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?”