Earlier this week some comments that Kelly Osbourne made last year about feeling verbally abused by Lady Gaga's fans, a.k.a. her Little Monsters, had the Internet buzzing — particularly since Osbourne was quoted saying that Gaga had a responsibility to try "to stop" her fans' negative behavior.
Well now, Mama Monster has responded to Osbourne via an "Open Letter" she posted on her website LittleMonsters.com on Thursday (January 10).
In the letter, which Gaga wrote on behalf of herself and her mother, Cynthia, who co-chairs their Born This Way Foundation, she admits that she has "empathy" for the "Fashion Police" host for having received criticism for her weight but at the same time asks Osbourne to think about her position on the E! show and how its criticism of others is the same kind of bullying to which Osbourne herself has been subjected.
The Letter As It Appears On LittleMonsters.com:
" '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," Gaga wrote. "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?"
The Grammy-winner went on to state that she cannot control her fans but asked Osbourne to reconsider her position and set a positive example. In 2012, Gaga had set up a "Body Revolution" campaign on LittleMonsters.com to encourage healthy body image, leading to an outpouring of internal support on the site.
"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," wrote Gaga. "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."
From Osbourne's perspective, she didn't start out criticizing Gaga as a person, just the behavior of her fans.
"I get called fat all the time. A big fat whore. Lady Gaga's fans are the worst," she told the U.K.'s Fabulous Magazine in October. "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."
Osbourne has taken public swipes at Gaga previously, speculating that the "Paparazzi" singer's much-discussed weight gain might have meant the Gaga was pregnant.
"I have no filter," she said of her negative comments. "I say what I think and that's 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."