Lady Gaga and Osbourne Women Face Off in No-Win Feud
Kelly Osbourne has been taking some serious verbal abuse from some of Lady Gaga’s more ferocious monsters for some time now, and she hasn’t been too proud to let us know about it. Between retweeting vicious tweets sent to her and labeling Gaga’s little monsters the “worst fans in the world,” Kelly is not taking the abuse in silence.
After being criticized endlessly for her weight when she was younger, and dealing with vicious attacks on Twitter and other social media over the last few years, it would seem Kelly has decided to take a stand against bullying once and for all. But the irony is that whether or not she realizes it, Kelly herself engages in bullying behavior on a regular basis.
Her work on E!’s Fashion Police is a prime example. For instance, Kelly has on multiple occasions joined in with the show’s other hosts on some truly mean-spirited attacks against Christina Aguilera, specifically in regards to her recent weight gain. In one instance, Kelly went so far as to say, “Maybe she is just becoming the fat bitch she was always born to be.” Kelly followed her insult with a claim that Christina had called her fat for years, as if to say that two wrongs make a right.
Gaga herself has wound up in Kelly’s crosshairs several times over the years. In 2009, Kelly called Gaga a “butterface” and admitted that, despite being a fan of Gaga’s music, “she talks way too much and has too much attitude.” Then in 2011, Kelly accused Gaga of copying Annie Lennox with her VMA performance as Jo Calderone, tweeting, “i love lady gaga but i wish she would start giving credit where credit is due,” followed by a tweet with a link to Annie Lennox’s 1984 drag king performance at the Grammys. A few months later at the 2012 Grammy Awards, Kelly called Gaga “disrespectful” for skipping the red carpet.
Though none of these things justify sending Kelly death threats or bullying her in any way, they at least help place her ordeal in context. Seemingly annoyed by the hypocrisy, Gaga penned an open letter to Kelly on Thursday, in which she first reminded Kelly of her work with the Born This Way Foundation and then wrote, “I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path. Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people's beauty against one another.” She concluded, “While some of my fans have learning to do, most of them share the same values as I, and it's what bonds us together. And that bond is strong.” Gaga’s response was admittedly a bit holier-than-though, but she does have a point and you can’t blame her for wanting to defend herself and her fan base, particularly after spending much of last year as Madonna’s public punching bag.Continued on the next page