Lady Gaga Got Chubby. It’s news. I have to say that I am not against women in the industry putting on weight and looking more like what they are naturally meant to look like. I love thick Christina, in fact I think that now she looks like herself, you know the self that she would look like were she not a pop star. When I see Dirty Christina, there is something about her skinny form that doesn’t look right, not in the fact that she was “too thin” but it just just doesn’t look natural. Her cherubic cheeks look right (do you know what I mean) now t’ruth be told I do think that she could go a size up in her clothes though (she could give a Azzedine Alaia dress stretch marks) but that’s just a matter of taste. I think her body looks healthy and womanly. So Gaga getting chunky doesn’t bother me.
What does is that fact that media outlets have not only picked it up (as we knew they would) but it’s the way they are reporting it, calling her “Meaty” a reference not only to her weight but her costuming, some out and out called her fat, as if that in and of itself is an insult. That’s not cool, but neither is using something as serious and widespread as the Body image issue to self promote. This is what I question about her ‘A Body Revolution 2013’ – a project that aims “to celebrate ‘perceived flaws'”. It forms part of her larger Born This Way Foundation, which seeks to celebrate individuality and empower youth. It’s a great idea, and a relevant and necessary on however Ms. Lady Gaga The Revolution has already been televised, and printed, and sent over the radio airwaves, and over the internet.
True I am not a Gaga fan though I think that she is authentically talented, for me all the theatrics and what I perceive to be marketing ploys and antics obfuscates her talent. She does give good sound bite, and says all the right things (which makes me leery) mostly I just always feel like she’s up to something. I feel that she is disingenuous, and often seems to contradict herself, i.e. one moment she is saying that the media focuses too much on women’s bodies, and yet she runs around the streets half dressed.
As to her present antics, (because I think the photos she posted to launch her Body Revolution 2013 were antics) I think that is you are going to be the face and body of the cause you might want to rethink some of the things you present:
Gaga said in February 2011:
“I am on the drunk diet. I like to drink whiskey and stuff while I am working.
“But the deal is I’ve got to work out every day, and I work out hungover if I am hungover.”
Earlier this year for implying she starves herself to say slim, tweeting:
“Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger. Pop singers don’t eat. I was born this way.”
*Sister if you were born naturally curvy then not eating to be thinner goes against your whole philosophy…no? Further more the statement (probably made quite spur of the moment and glibly) might well tell young aspiring performers that you don’t get to be a star by…eating….And where that may well be true, it’s not something to encourage especially when you are starting a “movement”.
Just this Month in Amsterdam during a concert she smoked a spliff and talked about loving to take a toke. She was quoted as telling The Sun newspaper::
“I want you to know it has totally changed my life and I’ve really cut down on drinking. It has been a totally spiritual experience for me with my music,” she says of smoking.
Am I nit picking but is that just trading one vice for another (page Dr. Drew)
Today I join the BODY REVOLUTION.
To Inspire Bravery.
and BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION
My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: “to inspire bravery.” This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your “perceived flaws,” as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.
In a portion of her open letter to her fans she remarks:
“My weight/loss/gain since i was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it. But YOU have. My boyfriend prefers me curvier, when i eat and am healthy and not so worried about my looks, I’m happy. Happier then I’ve ever been. i am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am. And I am proud at any size. And i love you, and want you to be proud in any form you may take as well. Please don’t look for kindness in critics, go where you know the gold is. Here, in out hearts. Love, Gaga.”