Americans recently criticized and defended artist Stephanie Germanotta (Lady Gaga) for her “belly” during the the Super Bowl 51 halftime show.
This type of body shaming should not be happening.
Even though the average American woman size is increasing, that is not to say it is healthy. However, Gaga only weighs in at 117 pounds. The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds. That means that Gaga is 49.2 pounds lighter than the average American woman.
People quickly took to Twitter to express their concerns and defend their lady.
Shit if y’all think Lady GaGa has a belly then I must look like Jabba the Hutt LOL ps it’s 2017 how bout we grow up and stop body shaming:-)
— Ally☼ (@alllymarcus) February 7, 2017
What lady Gaga looks like vs what the ppl calling her fat look like.. I’d love to have her body 🙄 pic.twitter.com/U3Pu2PNBsB
— ✘O (@ItsGirlLogiic) February 7, 2017
Some Twitter users were just concerned that the entire internet literally lost their marbles over an exposed abdomen.
Trump is President, DeVos is Secretary of Education, and Lady Gaga is being ridiculed for belly fat. Can we stop the planet, I want off.
— T.J. Kelly (@tjkkelly) February 8, 2017
— Jenny Byrne (@JeniFromDABlok9) February 9, 2017
Whether it is necessary or not this internet commotion still happened and needs to be addressed. We are in a society where we are slowly starting to accept all types of bodies, but if we call women “brave” for showing their abdomen then we are saying that their “bellies” no matter the size are something to be ashamed of.
PSA calling lady gaga “brave” for performing with her “belly” is NOT a compliment& is the reason 8 mil americans have eating disorders UGH
— emmie (@emhaft) February 7, 2017
Although this influential user got her point across, that number is actually quite low compared to the actual amount of Americans with eating disorders. According to this site, in the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.
Gaga quickly took to Instagram to tell fans exactly how she felt about the negative internet back lash.
I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga
Thank you Lady Gaga for again showing the internet and the rest of the world what a true role model looks like. Responding this way to negative body image comments gives hope to the rest of the us just trying to accept our bodies and slay internet trolls one post at a time.