Lady Gaga, a fierce LGBT ally, political activist, feminist, and friend to all her fans, is now standing up for herself.
“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do,” she wrote. “I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga.”
While Gaga, who will be performing at the Grammys on Sunday with Metallica, was certainly a victim of negative body talk, supporters defended her in droves on social media.
Hey @ladygaga thanks for showing the fact that you have a real body. I'm over people body shaming. Get a life. She is perfect.
— RAELYNN (@RaeLynn) February 6, 2017
I'm annoyed & disgusted that people would comment negatively about @ladygaga's body after her Super Bowl performance. Her bod is rockin.
— Chelsea Briggs (@Chelsea_Briggs) February 8, 2017
if you have a problem with @ladygaga body, then i have a problem with you????
— Brittany Dawn (@bdawnfit) February 7, 2017
What lady Gaga looks like vs what the ppl calling her fat look like.. I'd love to have her body ???? pic.twitter.com/U3Pu2PNBsB
— ✘O (@ItsGirlLogiic) February 7, 2017
Ashley Legg, a popular fitness blogger, shared on Facebook that Gaga’s harassment “is an example of why many people are insecure about the way they look, why physical standards are set so high and why humans experience disorders like anorexia or bulimia. THIS IS NOT OK.” She continued, “People need to stop criticizing others because of their bodies. We are not objects. We are humans. We are flawed and our flaws our beautiful.”
“The rest of us think Lady Gaga is an inspirational, beautiful rockstar with an awesome body,” Erin Thomas, a news anchor in Savannah, Ga., said. “Social media has gotten out of control when it comes to fat shaming, and still, some wonder why so many people in America have problems with their body image. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Others have been inspired by Gaga to share their own stomachs.
people body shaming lady gaga better come at me and my busted can of biscuits next !!!! pic.twitter.com/mnsG4J2Bdi
— abby (@calmdownitsabby) February 8, 2017
When Gaga was similarly attacked in the past, she used the experience to help others then as well by launching a body revolution on her website.