Lady GaGa Urged to Cut Ties With Vomit Artist After SXSW Performance Controversy
Lady GaGa's vomiting stunt during her SXSW performance last week has drawn backlash from many people, especially those who struggled with bulimia. The controversial act has prompted them to sign a petition urging the pop star to stop "glamorizing" the eating disorder by ending her partnership with Brown.
"Lady GaGa once struggled with bulimia, but now she is glamorizing the eating disorder," read the petition, which was posted on Care2 and authored by Chris Wolverton. "This stunt was clearly intended to be provocative, tasteless and to create a media buzz around Lady GaGa."
It continued, "She has pulled similar stunts in the past, for example when she wore meat and fur garments to provoke animal rights supporters. But in this case, she should be more sensitive, having suffered from bulimia in the past. Hundreds of young women die from eating disorders every year, and many of her fans are at an age where women begin to develop these disorders."
The petition noted that GaGa's vomiting stunt wasn't original since "punk acts have incorporated vomiting and other gross displays into their performances since the early 70 at least." However, GaGa's a role model and "glamorizing bulimia will only harm her fans, and considerably lowers her music and her message."
The "Applause" singer is then asked "to end her professional relationship with Millie Brown and to stop using imagery that could trigger fans struggling with eating disorders."
GaGa's vomiting stunt has drawn criticism from Demi Lovato as well. The former Disney star, who had issues with eating disorder in the past, has voiced her opinion on Twitter. She said, "As if we didn't have enough people glamorizing eat disorders already Bottom line, it's not 'cool' or 'artsy' at all."
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