Adele Calls Out Pop Stars For Selling Sex + Setting Unreal Body Image Standards!

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Adele doesn’t sound that moved by the likes of Lady Gaga and her pop peers stripping down onstage. Check out that side eye! | Source:

We weren’t that impressed with Lady Gaga and her “Body Revolution 2013,” and it doesn’t sound like Adele is, either. Just days after Lady Gaga posed for her Little Monsters in her skivvies to open up a discussion about eating disorders, Adele spoke out against pop stars who pretty much strip and gyrate their way to the top.

It’s not just the idea of selling sex that bugs her, though. Adele is also kind of annoyed at the false image it sends to fans, many of whom have their own body image issues, because it’s a really unrealistic portrayal of how real people look and behave. “I’ve seen them up close and they don’t even look like that,” she said in a new interview. “Exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look. I don’t find it encouraging.”

Adele was able to pretty much just sing her way to success, so she’s sort of proof that all the spectacle isn’t that necessary if your songs are good enough–and that her own body image hasn’t suffered just because she faced pressure from the media to look a certain way to fit in with her pop peers. “I just stand there and sing,” she points out. “I’m not worried that I’m a ‘plus size’ and so much bigger than other artists. No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself.” Amen, sister!

We’re not saying that stars like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, or Katy Perry aren’t mega-talented, and Adele isn’t saying that, either. But she is pointing out–and is living proof–that you don’t have to show the goods to sell your musical goods. Fellow starlets like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson also drive this point home. If you can write and sing well, you don’t need a spectacle, simulated sex, or false heroism to be popular. And according to Adele, it’s probably best for you to avoid it anyway, if only to save your own sanity.

“I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down,” Adele told the U.K. edition of Vogue last year. “And I don’t want that in my life. I have insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” Uh, how simple yet brilliant is that? Hang out and work with people who build you up instead of knocking you down and you will have so many fewer hangups. Perhaps if Lady Gaga nixed Terry Richardson from her phone book, she’d have a lot less to worry about.

Adele, like Lady Gaga, has come under a lot of scrutiny for her weight, but she didn’t necessarily provoke it the way Gaga did. (Remember that whole “pop stars don’t eat” tweet?) While we don’t condone criticizing anyone’s weight under any circumstances, if you make your size and your body a focal point of your career, other people will run their mouths about it, for better or worse. If you exploit yourself, people will talk about you. If Lady Gaga really wants the world to stop talking about her size (for the record, we think she looks great), a safe bet is to keep singing–which she does remarkably well–and stop talking about it herself. (But we don’t think she’ll do that–because if Lady Gaga is being quiet, she’s not getting attention.)

Are you on Team Adele or do you think Lady Gaga and her cohorts are just being smart at marketing themselves? Do you think Adele or Lady Gaga has a better idea of a healthy body image? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Naomi

    Adele needs to understand that when gaga say “pop stars don’t eat” and her body revolution has mainly referring to her severe Bulimia issues she’s had for years and how she’s gotten over it and grown. She’s not necessarily talking about fat or anything but bulimia is still associated with it. I’m sure that tweet also had nothing to do with Adele because last time I check she’s not a pop star. Also gaga does not sell sex like madonna and MOST pop stars do like how madonna sold a sex book…

  • Anthony

    There’s no way to “strip” and “gyrate” to the top… otherwise every stripper and porn star would be selling records. Adele is at an unhealthy weight and she should really work on that. This article is offensive and unintelligent.

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  • Michael David

    P.S. Jessica Sager “finds vegetables offensive?” That’s SUCH a healthy thing to tell your readers!

  • Michael David

    This article is horrible and unfair. Lady Gaga is free, sexually and musically. Adele gyrating would look ridiculous and therefore she can’t bank on it. That’s fine, no one’s judging her for that. Just like no one should judge Gaga or Rihanna or Katy Perry for being sexy. It’s pitiful that people are so distracted by the gyrating that they don’t understand the real artistry. The bitterness is such a transparent reflection of jealousy – finding an excuse to be judgmental.

    • avi

      You are so sick like gaga that you can’t believe there are deep modest people in the world like adele and no, its not because weight problem. It is just a part of a whole deeper, purer way of life and a person that is enough sensitive to fell it, will see that adele is all saying deepness, standing against, bringing a pure artistic massage,
      instead of just flowing in the Prostitutes swill of gaga.

  • knoxgirl321

    What about Lady Gaga’s “Lovegame”? “Don’t think too hard, this beat is sick. I want to take a ride on your disco stick!”

    How is that not sexual…?

  • Amy Jackson

    Let each entertainer express themselves in their own style, look in the mirrow, who do you see , U, that’s right work on U!!!

  • Collie

    Adele is a pretentious bitch, sorry. Gaga isn’t even selling sex.

  • Mila

    Her career is only based on her being plus-sized because people make a big deal out of her being plus-sized. If no one brought attention to her size then neither would she.

  • Megan

    Sex sells, suck it up.

    • moppatop

      I think it’s not the point that sex sells, what Adele is saying is that sex shouldn’t sell and the audience that Lady Gaga is targetting is wrong. Would you like to post half naked pictures of yourself all over the internet for everyone to see? I’m not saying people shouldn’t feel comfortable enough to take pictures of themselves, but maybe it gives out the wrong kind of example to younger people. So I’m definitley Team Adele!

  • Samantha

    A portion of Adele’s career is based on her being plus-sized, which is not any better than Lady Gaga’s “body revolution.” Lady Gaga is a perpetrator of exploiting hot button issues to sell herself, and Adele focuses on more on the music than Gaga, but it’s also silly to say that Adele is not doing much of the same thing. Her image is built on “I’m plus-size, I smoke, so what?” There’s constantly articles on entertainment sites about how she criticized a skinny pop star or something.

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      • Adam

        Believe it or not, Gaga doesn’t sell “sex” in the way Britney, Rihanna, Madonna and many of the others have done over the years. Does she show her body? Yes, but it’s not to titillate sexually. It’s to be raw and free.

        She is simply not a sex symbol, and I’m sure she’d be the first to agree with that statement. Put her up against Britney, Rihanna, Madonna (back in the day), Janet, etc and ask guys to pick the sexiest, and it’s NOT going to be Gaga. Her schtick is rawness, and ironically, realness – kind of in a twisted, mondern-day pop Dolly Parton kind of way. Crazy fun exterior that you can’t take your eyes off of, but real soul and talent beneath.

        The woman can sing with the best of ’em, write music like there’s no tomorrow and perform better than just about anyone out there today. On top of that, her ability to enact social change is unparalleled by any celebrity in the last decade. Anyone who doesn’t see all this simply isn’t paying attention.

        • Nikki

          Best reply to this article! Well done!