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Lady Gaga Wonders Aloud Why No One Criticizes Adele For Her Weight

Lady Gaga talks about weight gain, Adele

In a recent interview, Lady Gaga talked about the media’s reaction to her apparent weight gain, and while she started nobly, she may have taken a diversion into pettiness by comparing herself to another famous singer, Adele.

Speaking to Stylist UK, Lady Gaga talked about her weight gain, which inspired her to create a “Body Revolution” movement across social media platforms to draw attention to (or rather, away from) the media’s obsession with female body image. Discussing her initial reaction to media coverage of her weight gain, Lady Gaga said:

“When I heard it was on the news — where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election – I just thought, ‘this is f—— ridiculous.’ I mean, what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home?”

Lady Gaga continued by discussing media attention paid to other celebrities who are considered “overweight,” including British crooner Adele:

“I thought, well I don’t really care if they think I’m fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds. Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it?”

Actually, Adele’s weight has received quite a lot of criticism over the years. She has been called “too fat” by designer Karl Lagerfeld, she has cancelled a US tour (allegedly) over criticism, and has given numerous interviews on the subject. So, Lady Gaga is technically wrong when she says that no one talks about Adele’s weight.

Still, Gaga was quick to compliment the “Skyfall” singer:

“She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of women. I need to be a confident woman and just say politically active things when I can that are helpful to young people.”

We’re not suggesting that Lady Gaga’s comments about Adele were intended to be malicious. But do you think they may have been accidentally petty? On the other hand, do you see where she’s coming from? Sound off!

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5 Responses to “Lady Gaga Wonders Aloud Why No One Criticizes Adele For Her Weight”

  1. Paula Lovell

    Clearly, Lady Gaga isn't aware of how much Adele has been criticized for her weight. However, Adele dresses very modestly, whereas Lady Gaga is still dressing with half her ass exposed even after a 30 pound weight gain. I'm sorry, but people are going to notice.

  2. Mary Francesca

    No, she was not trying to be petty – she was trying to convey that she, particularly, is being targeted in such a malicious way when there are other people who could potentially be targeted as well (and that is NOT IN ANY WAY to say that they should be, bu that the potential is there for everyone). Thus, the question becomes "What makes one person more worthy of criticism than another?" And, essentially, this is the point: nothing makes one person more worthy than another – precisely because people are all beautiful in their own way! I think it is ironic that someone who has fought so much for equality – in all aspects of life – was brutally targeted for her weight. The media has to get this right because the message to young people – and particularly girls – is poisonous. Either you are too fat to be respected and accepted, or too thin to be respected but accepted. The commonality in either scenario is that the talent and the person's genuine good nature get lost. And girls become diseased.

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