Lady Gaga is calling for an end to Internet bullying on social media, but this is only a day after she started an online feud with Perez Hilton which resulted in death threats for the controversial celebrity blogger.
Lady Gaga’s new single “Applause” isn’t doing so hot, which caused Perez to excoriate her on his website. In turn, she called him “sick” and accused him of “stalking” her. Then later, Perez said that the Twitter spat caused the Little Monsters to descend on him in droves, tweeting him a ton of abusive messages, including death threats.
Of course, Lady Gaga didn’t intend for it to go that far, and has released a statement urging social media bosses and her own fans to do whatever they have to to put an end to Internet bullying.
“[I am] passionate about tolerance, acceptance, and kindness, and I’ve made it a point early in my career to make it known that this is what I stand for as an artist. While it may be difficult at times to hear the things that people say and write about me… Sending threats of any kind, using hateful or abusive language, and the provoking of others on the Internet is not supported by me or anything that I stand for. What I’ve seen transpiring is wrong and upsetting to me,” she said on her website.
“I ask you to take a pledge with me to continue the change toward positivity, and to recognize that this behavior is wrong… The anonymous nature of social media has made it easy for many to vent their anger by bullying others with no recourse or accountability. But this is not a healthy way to handle your emotions.”
She also asked the folks behind websites like Twitter and Facebook to increase how they monitor abusive language, and to control Internet bullying more directly. “I don’t know that I am powerful enough to stop it myself. Please represent me and our community with the values we cherish and live by.”
Do you think that Lady Gaga’s statement on Internet bullying is a bit hypocritical, or is it the perfect way to make amends with Perez Hilton?