Lady Gaga got sucked into a feud with D-lister extraordinaire Kelly Osborne. In a recent UK Magazine article Osborne is quoted as saying:
“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.”
Of course that’s terrible of Gaga’s Little Monsters. But the Little Monsters acerbic response stems from a theory Ms. Osborne floated to UK Newspaper in 2009 about Gaga’s outlandish style:
“She’s a Butter Face. She has everything but the face. She reminds me of Peaches Geldof. I love Lady Gaga’s tracks but I just 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.”
Now we see had this little tussle got started. Mother Monster has a soft spot for her fans not taking too kindly when someone attacks them. In response Gaga wrote an open letter to Ms. Osborne on littlemonsters.com chastising her for her role on E!’s Fashion Police.
Gaga says in her letter:
“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.”
I have only seen a few episodes of the Fashion Police, but I kind of get the gist of what Gaga is saying. But I would have to say there is a big difference between Joan Rivers and Kelly Osborne.
Joan Rivers is a comedian that flirts with the line between what is funny and what is down right mean. In order for Ms. Rivers to entertain us she has to be on that line. Joan did a funny set on Jimmy Fallon that bordered on mean but I laughed my ass off. It included a stab at Christina Aguilera. The set up was Joan thought Christina was coming over to her table at restaurant to chastise her for things she said on Fashion Police,
But instead this happens, according to Joan:
“So, I’m in a restaurant, I’m in Spagos with Melissa (my daughter), we’re eating dinner and fatso is along the way, she comes lumbering over to my table with that no-neck look, she comes over and says, ‘You gonna finish that?’”
Check out the rest of the appearance:
It’s funny. I love Christina but the joke is funny. And that’s the difference between Joan Rivers and Kelly. Kelly is like a mean girl who got thin when she quips “I was never that fat” referring to Christina Aguilera or when she calls Lady Gaga a butter-face (slang term for a women with a hot body and ugly face.)
Kelly’s giving an opinion not joke. Her opinions are baseless, she only famous because of her father is Ozzy Osborne. I’m not sure what accomplishments she had in her life. She doesn’t have a degree in fashion, in fact she doesn’t even have a High School Diploma–she’s a drop out. So I don’t really get why people pay or even listen the her mindless and uninformed opinions.
While a joke might hurt, it’s for the most part a joke. The reality is fat jokes are a bit passé now, it’s better when a comedian can elevate their humor beyond that (as Joan does), but, if I’m being honest, fat jokes are fun to hear every now and then. Now if I was But it might Christina I would have tweeted back:
I might be curvy, but at least my saggy tits don’t have road rash from dragging on the ground. #TimeForBoobLift.
It was nice of @JoanRives to donate her body to the City of New York–Scientist think disposing her body in the subway will solve NYC rat problem #TooMuchBotox.
I have to be nice to @JoanRivers she the only comedian that has a part the country named after her: Silicone Vally.
Giving Joan a taste of her own medicine doesn’t hurt either.
Another consideration is who is the joke directed at. Is it a celebrity or an average person. Taking pot shots at someone when their high-up on the totem pole is completely different than poking fun at an over-weight mom with two jobs and kids to support. So I don’t really find fault with the premise of The Fashion Police, if you enter the entertainment industry you need to have thick skin. And for the most part they are making fun of extremely good-looking and very rich people–so I find it hard to lose any sleep for the red-carpet fashion victims.
I do appreciate the work Gaga is doing against anti-bullying, but I don’t really feel Fashion Police is a breeding ground for future bullies. After all the show is demographic is middle-aged women and gay guys–not exactly the average profile of your school-yard bully.