Demi Lovato Calls Out Lady Gaga For Glamorizing Eating Disorders, So Let’s Get That Slow Clap Going

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When I first read about Lady Gaga getting barfed on during her SXSW performance the other night, my first thought was “of course she did”, immediately followed by concern over Gaga’s personal hygiene.  What I failed to consider–until Demi Lovato pointed it out–was that her puke art could definitely be interpreted as glamorizing eating disorders.  Which is just as gross as having someone intentionally vomit all over you in the first place.

It’s no secret that Demi Lovato has struggled with various forms of addiction in the past, and we have always loved her openness and positive attitude.  I think I just fell in love with her a little more after she called Lady Gaga out on Twitter last night:

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OMG.  Did someone famous seriously dare to address the Queen Monster in that manner?  Honestly, I’m all for it.  I think Gaga has far exceeded her shock-value status and will pretty much call anything “art” these days.  Which totally bores me.  Of course Demi got bombarded by Little Monster hate immediately after posting these, but she didn’t back down or delete her tweets like so many other celebrities do (I’m looking at you, Dave Coulier, my first D-list celebrity Twitter feud).  Instead, she explained why she feels Lady Gaga is wrong and caused me to start up a hearty slow clap:

All I’m saying is, artists in pop culture have influence on people.. Some of which are people who aren’t capable of understanding the art that is that is expressed by their idols. Young people who are struggling to figure out their identities are seriously influenced by the things they see their idols do. [...] And that’s why I had to say something.. to let the people who don’t understand the art in it, that bulimia isn’t cool, and it won’t get you on stage with your favorite artist.”


Gurrrrl, get ‘em.  Mostly because you’re absolutely right, and partly because I’m ready for Gaga to go ahead and hibernate in her egg for a good long while.  One thing that always drives me a little crazy is when celebrities lament the “role model” status, bemoaning that they “never signed up to be a role model.” Oh really?  Because those people who idolize you are the ones who pay the insane prices for your concert tickets and keep you relevant.  So like it or not, you have to accept responsibility for the image and narrative you’re putting out there.  I think Demi Lovato has done an exceptional job of just that.

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    • Eyeballs

      You should have posted the whole thing haha. Also a you tuber was sticking up for GaGa and Demi kept her cool through all his ignorant comments.

      Btw today is her 2 year sober date. And she had a concert in Chicago yesterday. Same city she went to rehab in and her warrior speech was so good yesterday. She is awesome and I couldn’t have pict a better artist to spend my extra free time on ;D

      • Haley Keller

        I saw the youtuber as well, and I really love how Demi responded. She also responded to a Lady Gaga fan the same way. I love how she handled the entire situation considering I saw quite a few people attacking her, but she stood her ground well and as respectfully as she good.

    • J_Doe5686

      With Lady Gaga everything is shock value and not a quality performance.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      I’ve said this before – anyone who whines about pop stars like Gaga and Miley (both of whom I can’t stand as people or “artists”) not being good “role models” for today’s youth are just people who have no real interest in parenting. A kid’s ONLY role model should be his or her parents – no one else. Do they have influence, like Demi says? Okay, maybe. But if parents were actually doing their job and teaching their children real values, they wouldn’t be influenced at all by anything Gaga or Cyrus do.

      That said, I don’t agree with Demi about the whole eating disorder thing, although I don’t know the stupid reason Gaga had for the puking. Im sure she’ll come out and say it was for some profound reason other than promoting eating disorders, which is something even I doubt she would ever do.

      • M_G

        “A kid’s ONLY role model should be his or her parents – no one else”. Wow, I don’t even know where to begin listing all the things that are wrong with this sentence. A kid can’t have ANY OTHER role models but parents? Not older siblings, other family members, everyday-hero types (fire fighters, police officers, military personnel, etc.), successful professionals? Only parents? And what if someone has crappy parents? Not all parents are great. Not all parents SHOULD be parents. So, what then? Tough? You’re ridiculous. Unless you keep your kids under lock and key and disconnect them from all forms of interaction with the real world, famous people ARE GOING to influence them, regardless of what morals you impart. Not to say that kids are all going to be affected in the same way, and not to say that all kids are immediately going to start copying the behavior, but I feel like we shouldn’t even have to debate this point because anyone with a basic understanding of psychology (which, evidently, you do not possess) can see why this is true.

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