Who Needs Critics? Lady Gaga Starts a Body Revolution
In true Mother Monster style, Gaga responded to her body bashers with a powerful online movement.
This past Tuesday, one woman clad only in a bright yellow bra and underwear started an online body revolution. Who is she? None other than Lady Gaga.
On September 25, Mother Monster decided to take on her body-bashing critics the Internet-savvy way: She launched a new section of her website, LittleMonsters.com, called “A Body Revolution 2013.” In it, she posted four personal photos of herself and revealed her ongoing struggle with bulimia and anorexia.
Body Revolution has quickly become a space for teenagers and adults alike to share their pictures, stories, and insecurities. From heart-wrenching struggles with eating disorders to coming out tales, thousands are participating in the conversation. Much more importantly, they offer words of support and encouragement — something Gaga’s critics never afforded her.
The movement comes on the heels of heartless remarks about her weight gain. From the Examiner’s “The Fat Lady Gaga Sings” headline to the Daily Mail’s observation that the songstress looks “much bigger than usual around her thigh and hip region,” the body bashing went viral across the Web.
It’s refreshing to find that, instead of responding to the criticism with a bout of binge drinking or a sex tape, the 26-year-old decided to transform negativity into something that has the potential to reach and help millions of struggling people. Moreover, she revealed her experiences with openness and sincerity — qualities not often found in Tinseltown.
“Watching you all create a safe space online for people to be compassionate is the greatest gift you could ever give me,” she wrote in a post on MotherMonsters.com. “My weight/loss/gain since I was [a] child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it. But YOU have… I am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am. And I am proud at any size.” You go, girl!
And if you’re in need of a few thousand more doses of inspiration, head on over to the discussion board. In a post titled “Not a fan base, but a family,” user Brandon Urbina wrote, “Even though there are some things on this site that tend to bother me, there are many things that never cease to amaze me. This whole body revolution being one of them… So, thank you for all those brave monsters, and thank you to all monsters who continue to support one another.”
Perhaps most succinctly, an anonymous user wrote, “The world really needs this. Thanks, Gaga.” Thank you, indeed.
Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.