Lady Gaga is suddenly bearing the weight of the world. Being the focus of unwanted media attention since putting on extra pounds the singer has decided to champion eating disorders the way she has gay rights.
Photographs of the pop star performing in Amsterdam Sept. 17 revealed less than flattering images of the singer – dressed in the iconic meat dress in addition to shots of her smoking pot on stage wearing a t-shirt with marijuana leaves, leather one-piece and tight fishnet stockings.
Gaga and her crew have been on damage control ever since.
But let’s not forget, the 26-year-old is a savvy one. She didn’t reach over 29 million followers on Twitter, and over 53 million likes on Facebook because she can sing well.
She taps into the passion and wallets of those who feel rejected by society, pandering to them royally.
“Don’t hide yourself in regret, Just love yourself and you’re set…. God makes no mistakes.”
Yummy! Who doesn’t want to take a spoon to those lyrics?
On Sept. 25 Gaga launched Body Revolution via Twitter posting pictures of herself wearing lingerie and looking fabulous. You can be sure the Lady has never posted pictures of herself looking anything less than camera-ready.
“Bulimia & Anorexia since I was 15,” she wrote as the singer invited fans to “celebrate your triumph over insecurities” in a global effort to encourage body acceptance and “inspire bravery.”
Less than 24 hours later the site amassed thousands of submissions from fans thanking her for empowering them. Celebrity worship in overdrive.
A fickle bunch, though. Where were all these sympathetic ears when Jessica Simpson was being publicly shamed for putting on weight or when paparazzi caught Jennifer Love Hewitt with extra junk in the trunk? Can anyone say Kirstie Alley? Or Adele?
Now that Gaga’s got curves how does she reconcile her relationship with designer Karl Lagerfeld who not only called Adele “a little too fat,” but went on to say, “No one wants to see curvy women. You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly.”
Gaga’s struggle with body issue is neither revealing nor groundbreaking news having discussed the topic over a year ago when she admitted she used to throw up as a high school student which makes the timing of the Body Revolution launch suspect.
Why launch it now if bulimia has been such a troubling issue and part of the singer’s life for so long? She does have a new line of perfume to hawk, and the ‘Born This Way Ball’ reaches North America in 2013.
As James Houran, a psychologist with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine told ABC News, “Celebrities are no longer people who have special talents and attributes… but simply marketing products.”
No one signed up to see Gaga in an ill-fitting meat costume that’s for sure and Body Revolution is a fascinating diversion. Is Gaga simply begging the question, “Do I look fat in all this attention?”