While Lady Gaga calls the media attention she received following her 30-pound weight gain “f*cking ridiculous,” Beth Ditto, whose body has been a central part of her celebrity ever since she first rose to fame as the lead singer for Gossip, has a different point of view entirely.
The radical musician covers the December/January issue of The Advocate and inside gives a candid interview about discovering her sexuality, overcoming a childhood rife with abuse and poverty, her new memoir Coal To Diamonds and, finally, how she feels about the media’s persistent focus on her weight and size:
“’I think it’s great. I feel like it’s just like taking one for the team. I think it’s really cool that there are people like Adele on the cover of Vogue and Rolling Stone, and like I think it’s really important that people are talking about your body, because if they don’t, then you’ll never be able to break that barrier.’ She says because of her and Adele, when a 200-pound girl wants to be a singer in a band ‘it’s going to be a lot fucking easier’…’I know [some musicians] are like, ‘Oh, it’s all about the music.’ But I come from riot grrrl, where it’s not just about the music, it’s about the political message, and that’s just as important as the music to me. I don’t mind being a guinea pig.’”