Lady Gaga — it was so wrong for you to have a woman practicing bulimia in the name of art throw up on you during your SXSW performance on March 13.
Lady Gaga — don’t you think you’re sending the wrong message to vulnerable young women with eating issues by allowing a performance artist to vomit on you while you were singing your hit song “Swine” on stage at the SXSW festival?
Lady Gaga’s SXSW Performance — Shame On You For Encouraging Bulimia
Lady Gaga, I usually love your artistic, off-beat performances — but you took it way too far this time. I was shocked — and not in a good way — when you invited a skinny, scantily clad artist on stage to stick her fingers down her throat and puke up neon green milk all over you as you continued drumming and singing.
Performance artist Millie Brown‘s “vomit painting” may have been intended as a unique display of “creative rebellion,” but in fact, it was a dangerous and insensitive act that could be harmful to many, many people. Glamorizing bulimic art is totally irresponsible, and you of all people should know that, as someone who has suffered from an eating disorder yourself.
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, you opened up to Harper’s Bazaar in February about your former battle with bulimia, saying, “I am better with food. I don’t have an eating disorder anymore.”
We are genuinely glad that you’ve conquered your demon — but that doesn’t mean that other young men and women out there aren’t still suffering from the very same disorder that you were able to overcome. You have always been a champion of troubled young people, and so many fans look up to you. Is this really the message you want to send them — that “on-demand” vomiting is artistic and worthy of applause?
Lady Gaga — The Side Effects Of On-Demand Vomiting Are Extremely Serious
Lady Gaga — the side effects of on-demand vomiting are just the same and just as harmful as those induced by real-life bulimia. Repeated vomiting can lead to long-term health issues, including tooth decay, toothaches, swollen gums, gingivitis, and erosion of tooth enamel, according to WebMD. It can also cause inflammation or tears of the esophagus.
Other serious health problems caused by bulimia are osteoporosis; electrolyte imbalances and changes in the metabolism that can lead to heart problems such as arrhythmia and even death; dehydration, which can lead to weakness, fainting or kidney damage; and even suicide risk. And those are just some of the negative, lasting effects bulimia can have on your body.
Lady Gaga, we know that you can find a better way to express your creativity that doesn’t encourage bulimia.
Don’t you agree, HollywoodLifers? Was Lady Gaga out of line for glamorizing bulimic art? Let me know.
— Tierney McAfee