On the surface, this is all very good. We can all use a little body image boost now and then, and maybe some young people suffering from eating disorders (like Lady Gaga has) will get some help from this. In fact, we really DO hope that some girls get some help. That said, it’s still leaving a rotten taste in our mouths.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Everything Lady Gaga has done since she hit it big has been super calculated, with the end result being huge pay days for her and her team. She tries to be controversial or likable by waving a banner for her cause of the day and then when the fanfare dies down, she goes onto her next thing. Gay rights (remember when she basically took credit for ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?). Bullying (let’s not even get started about the ridiculously insulting “kindness sticks” she was selling at the start of this school year). Gender fluidity (her cross-dressing moment just confused everybody). And now? Body image. These are all hugely important issues, and yet she’s used every one of these to raise her own visibility and sell concert tickets without really helping any cause that much. It kind of grosses me out. Not to mention that she had rumored sexual predator and all-around creepster-dude Terry Richardson take the underwear pics she used to launch the campaign. Excuse me while I rip my hair out.
In my view, if Lady Gaga really wanted to be a positive role model for girls with body image issues, she wouldn’t be tooting her own horn so damned much. Isn’t it enough to just be the weight you are (and seriously, good for her if this is the weight she wants to be!), feel confident, and show the world that they can’t take you down? I’m just kind of sick of her climbing up on her soap box (or, er, website) and acting like she’s the hero of this issue or that issue and that she’s SO STINKIN BRAVE for addressing it when she’s absolutely not the first, nor even the most involved celebrity to be involved with any issue she’s attempted to tackle.
Here at Gurl, we love when celebs really care about a cause and get involved to make a difference-especially when they don’t make every good deed into a monster-sized publicity stunt.
What do you think? Is Lady Gaga basically a PR monster who uses causes to her advantage? Do you think her Body Revolution is awesome? Tell us in the comments!