"Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger" Was this an attempt at irony? Or is Lady Gaga really dieting and tweeting?
We'll admit that we're confused by her tweet. For starters, she has a bajillion Twitter followers. Okay, actually it's just over 22 million, which makes her the celebrity with the most followers in. the. world. Many of her fans are young people who struggle with low self-esteem, poor body image, and disordered eating. Lady Gaga hasn't just accidentally wound up being a role model--she's been an outspoken advocate. In the span of the last few months she has discussed her battle with bulimia at a girls' conference (where she warned that dieting was "making girls sick") and launched her Born This Way Foundation, which she calls a "movement to empower youth." These are both applause-worthy moves. So as a self-appointed ambassador of acceptance and kindness, why is Lady Gaga tweeting about being so unkind to herself?
If it was meant to be a joke, there are plenty of people who aren't finding it so funny. Proud2Bme blogger Mary Streech tweeted, "@ladygaga If you are an advocate for ED recovery like you say you are, you should be ashamed of yourself. These comments are lethal."
And other fans have been expressing their disappointment, too:
"Celebs have huge influence on people's lives. Lady Gaga tweetingis stupid even if it was meant to be ironic."
"Dearplease don't say things like ...it could make monsters think it's ok/necessary to starve themselves :("
"unfollow4 her ignorant and stupid message to her fans wow ur a role model act like 1 dont praise anorexia wtf?"
...Well done Gaga, now half of Twitter wont eat either hahaha <3"
What do you think of Lady Gaga's tweet?