Talk about a sloppy cat-fight. Lady Gaga and Sharon Osbourne, and peripherally Sharon’s daughter Kelly, are tangled in an epically ridiculous and convoluted argument that threatens to make even Donald Trump seem reasonable.
The sad facts are that Gaga has zero sense of humor and Sharon is extremely hostile. In summary, this is what happened. Gaga’s fans harassed Kelly. Sharon, who is Kelly’s manager, privately contacted Gaga’s management requesting help in ending the harassment. Gaga herself responded via an open letter to Kelly on her blog site. Then Sharon responded by posting a letter to Gaga on Facebook.
It’s all pretty silly.
Let’s start at the beginning. Kelly has criticized Gaga in the past, though frankly, none of what she sad was all that bad and the worst of it was several years ago. In 2009, she told The Mirror:
“[Lady Gaga’s] a ‘Butter Face.’ She’s got everything but the face … I love Lady GaGa’s tracks but I wish she’d keep her mouth shut. She talks way too much and has too much attitude. It’s starting to make me go off her.”
Obnoxious and unkind, but whatever. More recently, in 2012, Kelly criticized Gaga for skipping the red carpet at the Grammy’s. She also publicly and incorrectly speculated that Gaga was pregnant … though she didn’t directly draw attention to notable Gaga’s weight gain, but focused on the change in her style of dressing.
“I think she is pregnant because she has been covering up this part of her body recently and I have been noticing that a lot.”
Presumably as a result of those scathing insults, some of Gaga’s fans … blatantly disregarding their Mother Monster’s calls for positivity and acceptance … were not too nice to Kelly. In October, Kelly told U.K.’s Fabulous Magazine.
“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.”
She continued by saying:
“I actually think [Gaga'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.”
Evidently Gaga never read Kelly’s interview. A few months pass. Fiercely protective and slightly batty mother/manager Sharon contacts Gaga’s management, gives an example of a nasty tweet from a Little Monster to Kelly, and requests Gaga’s assistance in putting an end to it.
“One tweet from Gaga can change this whole situation. … I’m sure she doesn’t condone her fans saying such hideously offensive things.”
Mere hours later, Gaga posts a open letter to Kelly on her blog site, which doesn’t do much more than prove how egocentric and out of touch she is. Overall, it’s difficult to argue with the sentiments expressed in Gaga’s letter, but she completely missed the point and her tone is off-putting to say the least. She begins by saying that she wishes Kelly had reached out to her personally, which is relatively absurd since she herself is penning an open letter to post on the internet. At one point, she criticizes Kelly’s TV show, Fashion Police.
“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.”
She really needs to lighten up. Someone pass her a really big joint. Kelly defended Fashion Poice in the previously mentioned Fabulous article from last October.
“We say bitchy things, but it’s really funny and everyone knows it’s all very tongue in cheek.”
Everyone with a sense of humor, that is.
This is point where Sharon bursts in. Gaga’s letter apparently pricked Sharon right in her maternal instincts and she posted her own letter to Gaga on her Facebook page.
“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.”
She does have a point. Unfortunately, Sharon couldn’t restrain her fury and went on to attack Gaga personally on issues completely distinct from those in question. If she had simply and rationally stated her case, she would have been the clear winner.
This spat is nothing short of ridiculous, particularly the public aspect of it. Gaga’s choice to post her open letter was stupid and Sharon’s choice to publicly post her retaliatory letter was also stupid, if more understandable. To her credit, Kelly has kept out of the ring entirely, charmingly tweeting:
“I hope you guys realize that I don’t care about any of this bullshit!”