Lady Gaga, Kelly Osbourne, and Sharon Osbourne are three very outspoken women in the entertainment industry, and they’ve all just decided to take their feud over bullying and body image very public.
Here’s what happened.
Back in October of last year, Obsourne stopped by British television show Alan Carr: Chatty Man and discussed whether or not Lady Gaga’s weight gain at the time had anything to do with the pop star’s alleged pregnancy. Gaga’s Little Monsters, didn’t like Osbourne’s remarks, and one particular fan with the Twitter handle LilMonsterMaren even went as far as to write a blog post titled “Kelly Osbourne needs to kill herself”. The blog post has since been deleted, but the original tweet is still on Twitter, as are similar messages about other singers like Taylor Swift and Madonna.
Later that month, Kelly was interviewed by British mag Faboulous, and talked about her own weight loss and how Lady Gaga’s fans were extremely mean after she made those pregnancy remarks:
“I’m the thinnest I’ve ever been and the healthiest I’ve ever been. The totally insane thing is that I’m a UK size four to six and people still say I’m fat. I get called fat all the time. A big fat whore. 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…. I actually think she’s a good singer but she has the worst fans in the world and you have a responsibility to stop that. I think you do anyway.”
Kelly’s momager Sharon thought the same, and decided to email Gaga’s manager Vince, asking him to put a stop the LilMonsterMaren’s online bullying. Vince had replied that he’d handle the situation, but Gaga took the matter into her own hands with an open letter to Kelly on her website. Gaga kinda sorta apologized to Kelly on behalf of her fans, but also pointed out that Kelly’s gig on Fashion Police “breeds negativity”:
“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 [sic] that your feelings were hurt.”
As nice as Gaga’s letter was, this only riled up Sharon some more, who blasted the singer on her Facebook for taking the feud public via an open letter, wearing fur, and using her “fans to belittle not just Kelly but an endless stream of celebrities”. Kelly herself also took to social media, but instead of making the situation worse, she just told everyone to shut up:
I hope you guys realize that I don’t care about any of this bullshit! I know who I am I don’t need anyone to tell me!… love to all xoxo
— Kelly Osbourne (@MissKellyO) January 11, 2013
Basically, instead of tackling online bullying together, Gaga and the Osbournes have made themselves look silly and petty. Stay tuned for Gaga’s inevitable tweet about Kelly tomorrow.