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Monday, 24 March 2014
Lady GaGa Urged to Cut Ties With Vomit Artist After SXSW Performance Controversy
A petition is launched to demand GaGa to stop 'glamorizing bulimia' by ending her professional relationship with Millie Brown, the artist who vomited green liquid on the star during last week's show.
vomiting stunt during her SXSW performance last week has drawn backlash
from many people, especially those who struggled with bulimia. The
controversial act has prompted them to sign a petition urging the pop star to stop "glamorizing" the eating disorder by ending her partnership with Brown.
"Lady GaGa once struggled with bulimia, but now she is glamorizing the
eating disorder," read the petition, which was posted on Care2 and
authored by Chris Wolverton. "This stunt was clearly intended to be
provocative, tasteless and to create a media buzz around Lady GaGa."
It continued, "She has pulled similar stunts in the past,
for example when she wore meat and fur garments to provoke animal
rights supporters. But in this case, she should be more sensitive,
having suffered from bulimia in the past. Hundreds of young women die from eating disorders every year, and many of her fans are at an age where women begin to develop these disorders."
The petition noted that GaGa's vomiting stunt wasn't original since
"punk acts have incorporated vomiting and other gross displays into
their performances since the early 70 at least." However, GaGa's a role
model and "glamorizing bulimia will only harm her fans, and considerably
lowers her music and her message."
The "Applause" singer is then asked "to end her professional relationship with Millie Brown and to stop using imagery that could trigger fans struggling with eating disorders."
GaGa's vomiting stunt has drawn criticism from Demi Lovato as well. The former Disney star, who had issues with eating disorder in the past,
has voiced her opinion on Twitter. She said, "As if we didn't have
enough people glamorizing eat disorders already Bottom line, it's not
'cool' or 'artsy' at all."