While a large majority of Super Bowl watchers were busy praising Lady Gaga for her hits-packed, costume-filled, and stunt-heavy halftime performance, others were just looking for imperfections. And some think they’ve found one in her figure.
A few of Gaga’s social media followers have pointed out an imperceptible “pot belly” on the singer.
One fat-shamer compared her beautiful body to dough. Another said she had “flabby abs,” while a third wrote, “Whoever designed Lady Gaga’s final outfit shouldn’t have let her expose her belly. It wasn’t flattering. #SuperBowl #PepsiHalftime.”
Picture of lady Gaga's stomach pic.twitter.com/32lQ0U18tk
— Chaunce the Rapper (@ChonceDeLeon) February 6, 2017
— PoliticsGhost???? (@PoliticsGhost) February 6, 2017
Of course, many fans came to her defense, calling her “pot belly” beautiful, and praising her “normal-person stomach.” One girl thanked the “Born This Way” singer for giving her confidence in her own body.
For me, the star of the halftime show was Lady Gaga's normal-person stomach.
— Rachel Osier Lindley (@RachelOLindley) February 6, 2017
Lady Gaga and I have the same stomach and I've never felt more inspired/confident #gaga
— charlotte (@charzannrose) February 6, 2017
Another commenter pointed out that this kind of criticism is what causes many women to have body issues.
Guys making fun of Lady Gaga's "muffin top" is the reason why girls have so many body image issues
— Alexa Morgan (@alexamorgan_) February 6, 2017
The fact that Lady Gaga is confident in her own skin (enough to perform in basically a bikini in front of millions) is all the more inspiring considering she has struggled with eating disorders in the past.
After being similarly targeted in the past for her weight, she launched a body revolution on her website in order to encourage self-acceptance amongst her fans and others. “Proud at any size, because the inside is what really counts,” she shared on Twitter. “Plus, it’s all how you pose! Just ask the supermodels!”