Are you ready from some shade piled on top of some more shade?! So here’s the rundown in a nut shell… Kelly Osbourne has been on the receiving end of attacks from Lady Gaga’s obnoxious fanbase (Accurately dubbed “littler monsters”) because of criticisms that Kelly has made on her show Fashion Police on about some of Gaga’s fashion choices. And c’mon… Gaga’s kind of asking for the attention (positive & negitive) when she wears some of the outlandish and ridiculous get-ups that we’ve seen her in over the years. As a matter of fact, a huge chunk of her career & success is based on and can be attributed to the shock value of some of her “looks” and media-hype surrounding her constantly revolving (and sometimes fashionably questionable) costumes.
So Kelly was recently interviewed for Fabulous magazine in which she spoke about being on the little monsters’ “shit-list” and made the following remarks concerning the matter;
“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.
I actually think she’s a good singer but she has the worst fans in the world and you have a responsibility to stop that. I think you do anyway.”
But rather than call off her legions of
crazed hyenas spirited fans that follow her every whim or respond to Kelly privately concerning her interview, Gaga decided to write a hypocritical and somewhat condescending open letter to the Fashion Police host claiming she “cares so deeply about humanity” while knowing fully well that this would ignite even more poisonous venom from her “monsters” towards Kelly! Here is what Gaga wrote to Kelly…
While I wish you had reached out to me personally, as the head of the Born This Way foundation with my mother Cynthia we would like to respond. Everyday, through my music and public voice I choose to be positive and work towards a kinder and braver world with our community of followers. I encourage them to ignore criticism, stand up to bullies, know their own value and see that we are all the same and no one person is worth more than another. I know I’m perceived as a wild child, but in reality I am woman that deeply cares for humanity. 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. “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.
What about your body revolution? It used to make me truly sad when I would hear people talk about your weight when you were younger, as I was bullied too. To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding. Why not help others? Why not defend others who are bullied for their image and share your story?
I am pointing this out not to take a crack at your character, as we’ve met before and you’re lovely. However, I urge you to take responsibility and accountability for the example that you are setting for young people. They look up to you because you are famous, and if you treat others that way on TV, many adolescents at home on twitter assume your actions are acceptable: well if she does it, why can’t I? I cannot control my fans, and I discourage them from any negativity and violence, because that is wrong and hurtful — and I do feel baldy that your feelings were hurt. However, we can all do our part in the media to set a standard of respect, compassion, and love. I wish for you to be treated with the kindness and respect that everyone deserves.
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 and Cynthia
PS. And to any media or celebrities that happen to find this letter in their path, I hope you, too, consider the power of your voices. Lets work together and make 2013 a year of unity.
While Gaga has a few somewhat valid points in this letter that I would have taken seriously if she didn’t derive an entire career based off of high fashion and visual aesthetics, this letter sounded more like an attempt to make excuses for her fans than a genuine and heartfelt response from a “caring humanitarian” to Kelly. But the story doesn’t end here… There’s actually a happy ending! What happened next I’m sure even Gaga didn’t see coming! Kelly’s secret weapon, her mom/manager Sharon Osbourne, wrote an own open letter of her own slaying… No, ANNIHILATING the singer who’s currently struggling to sell tickets to her tour!! Take a look at Sharon’s game-ending reponse;
I am responding to your open letter to my daughter Kelly, and I am perplexed as to why you would go public with an open letter. Regarding this current situation; Kelly didn’t contact you, I was the one that contacted your manager today and the email is attached below for your reference. I reached out to him as Kelly’s manager and mother to ask him if you could address your “little monster” fans and stop them from writing libelous, slanderous and vile comments about my family, including death threats to Kelly.
Your open letter is hypocritical and full of contradictions. And as your mother Cynthia supports you, I support my daughter Kelly. I must say your opinions on what is politically correct and acceptable totally differ from mine, but that is what makes the world so interesting…we are all different. How sweet that you have empathy for my daughter, as you feel that she has taken a less passionate path in life. You say her work on E! with the Fashion Police is “rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another.” Welcome to the real world. Example, when I saw you wear a dress made out of raw meat, I was sickened. When I see you wearing fur, and using it as a fashion statement, the fact that defenseless animals have been killed so you can get your picture in the press is abhorrent to me. Shouldn’t you be teaching your “little monster” fans to respect animals and life?
I don’t feel I have to justify Kelly’s choices in life to you. By your actions to Kelly right now, you have shown me that you are nothing more than a publicly seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker. You know it would have been much more dignified of you to do this privately. I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?
You state “Everyday, through my music and public voice I choose to be positive and work towards a kinder and braver world with our community of followers.” Well this obviously is not translating well to your fans, as a large portion of them have not only been vile to Kelly, but also other celebrities such as Madonna, Adele and Rihanna. “You say a kinder, braver world” I don’t know what world you live in, but supporting disgraceful fan comments doesn’t fall under the words “kinder and braver.” It comes under the heading of bullshit.
In closing, stop wearing fur, stop looking for publicity, and stop using your fans to belittle not just Kelly but an endless stream of celebrities. A word from you would stop all the hideous, negative and vile threats from your “little monsters.” Let me know if you want to continue this debate. I’m an open playing field for you my darling.
I believe what Sharon was really trying to convoy can be summed up by an old English saying that goes a little something like this…