I don’t know about you but I’ve been on a natural high ever since I watched Lady Gaga perform on the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
All I want to do is sit here and talk about the extraordinary 13 minutes that Lady Gaga spent on stage. I want to praise her flawless LIVE vocals, I want to applaud her for the fearless way she FLEW onto the stage, I want to express how fierce her dancing was and I want to remind everyone how inspiring her existence is. Yet, I sit here with smoke coming out of my ears and an anger in my heart that I just cannot shake. So here we are; with me in front of my computer and the frustration in my heart ready to come out.
Earlier today I came across a headline that completely caught me off guard. I will not be posting a link to the article because that site does not deserve any more traffic (but as a human being, it is your right to look it up if you’d like) but here is a screenshot:
Lets ignore the fact that Lady Gaga is in phenomenal shape; considering that she performed for 13 straight minutes, while singing live, in high heels and she looked like a FUCKING boss on stage. How does any website find it appropriate to publish an article that is very clearly fat-shaming? Have we not accepted that bodies come in all beautiful shapes and sizes? Was your Halftime Show watching experience completely ruined because Lady Gaga chose to not hide her beautiful imperfections?
The article states: “I think if you are going to play the SuperBowl, you should make sure your body is tight. The Superbowl represents being in your best physical appearance. It was obvious tonight at the Superbowl that Lady Gaga was not in her best physical form. While I thought Lady Gaga gave a great half time show, it was distracting to see that her belly was hanging over her bottoms. It was slightly distracting.”
I think, that if you are going to play the SuperBowl you make sure that your performance is entertaining. I think you rehearse to make sure your vocals sound perfect, you ensure that your dancers know all the steps and you get on that stage and you give it your all. ALL OF WHICH LADY GAGA DID.
Is this the moment that I point out that the article was written by a woman? Is this the moment where I proclaim how ridiculous it is to shame a woman’s body and then attempt to compliment her performance, “While I thought Lady Gaga gave a great half time show …”? The body-shaming is bad enough, but you are shaming a woman who has openly discussed her struggle to accept herself. You shamed a woman who has suffered from depression, you shamed a woman who has been an example of love and inclusion from the moment the spotlight hit her career. This article, this “writer”, this entire situation is absolutely disgusting.
What about the teenagers that stumble into this article? What about the young girls that read:
“While I appreciate the fact that a female can be on television and show a little fat, it was definitely slightly distracting”
What about the girls that read that and who have more than just “a little fat”? This constant need to strive for perfection is what is slowly killing young girls. Perfection is unattainable; yet if you open a magazine, a website or any app on your phone the world is telling you that perfection is necessary. It’s not.
Lady Gaga gave us 13 minutes of love, acceptance, inclusiveness, entertainment and flawless dance moves. Her Half Time show will go down in history and I will obsessively praise her body any chance I get.