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:
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.