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The feud is heating up between Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne. The Fashion Police host, who has frequently dissed Gaga's appearance in the past, heard back from the singer after insulting her fans in a recent interview.
“I get called fat all the time... Lady Gaga's fans are the worst," Osbourne told Fabulous magazine. "They’ve said I should kill myself, that they hope I get raped. I actually think she’s a good singer but she has the worst fans in the world and you have a responsibility to stop that."
On Thursday, Gaga responded with a long open letter on her Little Monsters blog, saying that she works hard to model compassion for her fans -- and implying that Osbourne does the opposite.
"I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path. Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people's beauty against one another," wrote Gaga. "What about your body revolution? It used to make me truly sad when I would hear people talk about your weight when you were younger, as I was bullied too. To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding."
It was Kelly's mother Sharon Osbourne who chose to rebuff Gaga, calling her open letter "hypocritical and full of contradictions." Apparently, Sharon had tried to deal with the Little Monsters bullying situation privately, appealing to Gaga's manager to urge her followers not to send Kelly death threats.
"I don’t feel I have to justify Kelly’s choices in life to you. By your actions to Kelly right now, you have shown me that you are nothing more than a publicly seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker," Sharon wrote on Facebook. "You know it would have been much more dignified of you to do this privately. I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?"
Now, the singer has responded to Sharon's letter in a brief Facebook post of her own.
"The 'real world' can be cruel, why not try to change it into a better place?" Gaga wrote on Saturday. "I am an activist. Nobody takes adolescents seriously, I do. My letter to Kelly Osbourne was open, because her statements on cyber-bulling were public & as a youth activist I'm compelled to be involved."
As for Kelly, she seems to have removed herself from the fray (for now), tweeting, "I hope you guys realize that I don't care about any of this bulls**t! I know who I am I don't need anyone to tell me!... love to all xoxo."
Honestly, we can see both sides here. On the one hand, Lady Gaga needs to acknowledge that her fans engage in massive Twitter bullying campaigns (towards multiple celebs and one another), despite her best efforts. And if Sharon Osbourne approached her privately about the matter, it might have been less aggressive of Gaga to contact Kelly personally with her concerns, rather than calling her out online.
On the other hand, it seems like the skinner Kelly Osbourne gets, the more she delights in calling other women fat. She has called out Christina Aguilera for her weight gain, said that Ke$ha has "a bad body," and speculated that Lady Gaga is pregnant. Kelly has admitted in many interviews that she remains traumatized by all the public criticism of her weight early in her life. So why is she perpetuating that cycle?
The sad part is, these women are both daring fashionistas around the same age; they seem like they'd be friends in a parallel universe. We think Gaga should Twitter-block any of her fans caught sending death threats, and Kelly should make a pledge to stop dissing other women for their weight fluctuations. Now kiss and make up, you two!