Demi Lovato was not impressed with Lady Gaga’s vomit stunt at her SXSW performance, slamming it as a despicable stunt that glamorizes eating disorders in the name of art.
The former X Factor judge – who suffered from eating disorder (bulimia) for years – took to Twitter on Friday to speak her mind about the disgusting stunt, writing, ‘Sad… As if we didn’t have enough people glamorizing eat disorders already. 🙁 Bottom line, it’s not “cool” or “artsy” at all.’
‘Would you let someone bring a needle and shoot up on you? Addiction is addiction.’ she continued.
When some of Lady Gaga’s fans started defending the stunt on the grounds that Gaga herself suffered from eating disorder and spoke about it before the performance, Lovato contended that it still doesn’t justify her actions.
‘So it’s cool if I do a speech about self-harm and then proceed to watch someone cut themselves on my stage? No. That doesn’t make it OKAY,’ snapped Lovato. ‘Putting the word ART in it isn’t a free card to do whatever you want without consequences.’
But when some stiff-necked Gaga fans continued challenging her for her stance on Gaga, Demi sent out an important message that is worth reading:
All I’m saying is, artists in pop culture have influence on people.. Some of which are people who aren’t capable of understanding the art that is that is expressed by their idols. Young people who are struggling to figure out their identities are seriously influenced by the things they see their idols do. Whether we intend to or not, artists influence people of ALL ages and unfortunately what people see, people do. Hair, clothes and sometimes misinterpreting things, therefore using the excuse of art to engage in self-destructive behaviors. I’ve been through a sh*t ton.. More than any of you know, and I sympathize for everyone’s struggle. But people emulate what they see celebrities do or let happen. And that’s why I had to say something.. to let the people who don’t understand the art in it, that bulimia isn’t cool, and it won’t get you on stage with your favorite artist. I can’t NOT say anything because I stand up for what I believe in and speak out about mental illnesses. You’re right, nobody asked my opinion but pop culture is a huge part in leading our generation, we have to continue to strive to change the world. No hate, no shade, just love.
She also wrote directly to Gaga, saying, ‘you’re SO talented, if not one of the most talented in our industry PERIOD. Dope [the song] is INCREDIBLE.. but you don’t have to do that.’
Hope she saw that.