Sharon Osbourne posted an interesting letter to Lady Gaga on her Facebook yesterday. Osbourne’s post was the latest move in a dramatic conflict that has developed between Sharon’s daughter, Kelly Osbourne, and Lady Gaga.
The bickering between the ladies started when Kelly Osbourne was interviewed by Fabulous Magazine last October. Osbourne, who has struggled with her weight for some time, discussed some of the criticism she had faced when she was overweight. She particularly mentioned fans of Lady Gaga:
“I get called fat all the time. A big fat whore. Lady Gaga’s fans are the worst. They’ve said I should kill myself, that they hope I get raped. I mean it’s crazy but I’ve had this all my life and I just try and ignore it.”
In the same article, it is pointed out that Kelly had been critical of Gaga as far back as 2009 when she criticized Gaga’s looks, including some weight she had gained at the time.
In response to the article, Lady Gaga eventually posted an open letter to Kelly on littlemonsters.com, a Gaga fan site. In the letter Gaga explains that she and her mother Cynthia, responding on behalf of her foundation, “Born This Way,” were interested in working toward a “kinder and braver world.” She further explains that she would encourage anyone to stand up to bullies, noting that she “deeply cares for humanity.”
Lady Gaga’s letter continues by offering her opinion of Kelly’s work with the Fashion Police show:
“Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another. ‘Appearance’ is the most used reason for bullying in the world. Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature … I urge you to take responsibility and accountability for the example that you are setting for young people.”
Gaga closes the letter by pointing out that she cannot possibly control the actions of her fans, although she does not encourage “negativity and violence” of any kind.
In support of her daughter, Sharon Osbourne posted an open letter to Lady Gaga on her Facebook page. She began with her confusion as to why Gaga chose to address the issue in public, in an open letter.
She pointed out that at Kelly’s mother and manager, she had attempted to reach Gaga through her manager regarding the behavior of her fans.
She continued the post by defending her daughter’s involvement with the Fashion Police show:
“You say her work on E! with the Fashion Police is ‘rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another.’ Welcome to the real world.”
Osbourne concluded the diatribe, insisting that the open letter posted by Gaga was simply another publicity stunt and an attempt to gain attention.
“By your actions to Kelly right now, you have shown me that you are nothing more than a publicly seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker. You know it would have been much more dignified of you to do this privately.”
Lady Gaga has not responded to Osbourne’s post. It is also unknown whether Kelly endorsed the letter her mother posted.