It’s highly unlikely you haven’t seen or a least heard about Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance. Alas, dancing drones, stadium dives, and a football catch that could put many players this season to shame, hasn’t kept the body shamers from criticizing the icon. During her final costume change, sporting high fashion football pads and hot pants, Twitter lit up with derogatory comments. Observantly, a high percentage of those comments came from men.
Comments ranged from, “Lady Gaga needs to do some crunches if she wants to show her flabby belly,” to pictures of a cracked open dinner roll tube. Lady Gaga’s “little monsters” were quick to defend her. It seems though, for every negative post, there was someone praising or thanking Gaga. Women far and wide tweeted in support of her “normal” body condition. One tweeted, “Shout out to lady Gaga’s stomach roll for showing girls that you don’t need to have a perfect body to absolutely kill it,” another said “Best part of the halftime show was
@ladygaga totally rocking her less than “perfect” stomach on national television. Empowering AF.”
The singer/songwriter has discussed battling an eating disorder and depression, telling Haper’s Bizaar,
I am better with food. I don’t have an eating disorder anymore.
Body shaming is a relentless form of bullying that no one is really safe from, not even your favorite celebrities. Either you’re too skinny or too heavy, and it effects all genders as well. There is currently no law that specifically relates to bullying and social media has made it easier than ever to bully. Becoming one of the biggest causes of suicides in teens. Body shaming is defined as “the practice of making critical, potentially humiliating comments about a person’s body size or weight.” In a survey from 2015, 94% of teenage girls say they have been on the receiving end of body shaming and nearly 1,000 women annually die from eating disorder complications.