Baby She Was Born this Way

I’m going to warn you now.  This post isn’t about manicures, drink specials, fall fashion, or anything like that.  This is a rant.  I’m upset and I want to publicly let everyone know about it.  So now, I’m going to get on my little soapbox and put it all out there…

Leave Lady Gaga alone.  What is it with everyone talking about her weight gain?  Does it personally affect you?  I highly doubt it.  I don’t understand why I’m hearing about it every day on my way to work, I don’t know why it’s a headline on CNN.com; I just don’t get it.  It’s not news.  And it’s sad that everyone thinks it is.

Women gain weight; men gain weight.  Chances are, in you’re lifetime you’ll gain weight.  Do you want everyone to be bringing it up to you?  No.  Perhaps because you realize it isn’t any of their business?  Just because she’s in the public eye doesn’t justify people criticizing her weight gain.

Tuesday, Lady Gaga faced her harshest critics head-on (although she shouldn’t even have to) by posting this picture (and others) with captions on her blog, littlemonsters.com.

“Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.”

This caption just goes to show that you don’t know what people are going through.  You don’t know their internal struggles.  Treat everyone like they’re going through the worst time of their lives.  Make them feel good–not worse.  It’s sad that Lady Gaga felt the need to post those pictures and comment on her weight.  Really, it’s sad that anyone even talks about weight in the first place.

So really people, how do you feel?  Are you happy you talked sh** about someone with an eating disorder?  Did it really make a difference in your life?  Did it make you feel better about yourself?

And what about you, “news” outlets?  Are you happy you took up space on your pages to discuss the jean size of Lady Gaga?  Wouldn’t that have been space better spent on say, the presidential election?

Lady Gaga (the ever-inspiring woman that she is) has turned this negative press into something positive.  She’s launched a Body Revolution campaign and invites her little monsters to post pictures of themselves on her blog and encourages them to “Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws.'”

I encourage you to check out the pictures.  The truly are inspiring and brave.  The captions may make you sad, but it will inspire you and encourage you to be accepting of not only yourself, but others.  So next time you want to chime in with the haters just remember: the people you’re talking about are going through their own struggles, and it’s not your job to make their lives worse…but you can make it better.

~J

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One Response to Baby She Was Born this Way

  1. ErikaAnn says:

    What a GREAT post, Jenna! I haven’t even seen the pictures yet on her site, but I couldn’t agree more. You go, Lady Gaga!!

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