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!