While the backlash of Lady Gaga’s SXSW performance has been relatively huge because of its grotesqueness, there’s one celebrity who is taking issue with the onstage antics for a different reason.
Following a much-talked about set where Gaga brought “vomit painter” Millie Brown on stage to…well…use the singer as her canvas, fellow artist Demi Lovato took to Twitter to air a few grievances, particularly about ‘glamorizing’ bulimia.
After some fans responded to Demi’s tweets by pointing out that Gaga had once suffered from an eating disorder herself, the “Neon Lights” singer wrote a lengthier note, explaining:
“All I’m saying is, artists in pop culture have influence on people.. Some of which are people who aren’t capable of understanding the art that is that is expressed by their idols. Young people who are struggling to figure out their identities are seriously influenced by the things they see their idols do. Whether we intend to or not, artists influence people of ALL ages and unfortunately what people see, people do. Hair, clothes and sometimes misinterpreting things, therefore using the excuse of art to engage in self-destructive behaviors. I’ve been through a sh*t ton.. More than any of you know, and I sympathize for everyone’s struggle. But people emulate what they see celebrities do or let happen. And that’s why I had to say something.. to let the people who don’t understand the art in it, that bulimia isn’t cool, and it won’t get you on stage with your favorite artist. I can’t NOT say anything because I stand up for what I believe in and speak out about mental illnesses. You’re right, nobody asked my opinion but pop culture is a huge part in leading our generation, we have to continue to strive to change the world. No hate, no shade, just love.”
Then, Demi made sure to clarify that she still considers herself to be a “little monster,” before ending the conversation.
While Lady Gaga hasn’t responded to Lovato’s tweets, she did address her controversial performance while delivering the festival’s keynote speech, stating, “Martin Luther King thought he could start a revolution without violence. Andy Warhol turned soup cans into art. Sometimes things that are really strange, really wrong, can change the world.”
“Not saying vomit will change the world,” Gaga continued. “But the idea, that moment where it’s truly what we wanted to create and do to gain respect as artists, is enough to be worth it.”
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