Lady Gaga has a fierce legion of fans, known as her Little Monsters, who seem to coo over her every move. But the singer is now seeing the power one Twitter hashtag can have on them and the pain it can cause.
“Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay,” she tweeted earlier this week.
It’s a seemingly inane tweet until you get to the first hashtag: “Pop Singers Don’t Eat.”
Assuming this was meant to be funny (and I believe it was), it seems odd for a woman who has suffered from an eating disorder and speaks so passionately about self-acceptance to make a joke about dieting.
Others felt that way too. The National Eating Disorders Association tweeted, “Huh? This is the same person who recently implored girls to stop dieting?”
The Association’s online forum for teens, Proud2BMe, said via Twitter that there’s a high risk the hashtag could be misinterpreted by some of Gaga’s 22 million followers.
“Some of her fans — not haters — w/ eating disorders were offended,” Proud2BMe tweeted. “We heard from them. So we hope @ladygaga clarifies her mssg.”
Undoubtedly, some will feel that this is an overreaction to a tweet meant in jest.
Gaga has not responded to the tweet and likely will not, considering her self-imposed media ban.
What do you think of the tweet? Do you think Gaga’s a role model and should be cautious about the jokes she makes on Twitter? Do you think this is a mountain-molehill situation? Tell us in the comments.