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There isn't much love lost between the Osbournes and Lady Gaga. The feud between the two parties has reached a new level now that Sharon Osbourne has taken aim at the Mother Monster, calling her a "bully."
Of course, it was actually Sharon's daughter Kelly Osbourne who started the tiff. Over the years, she's made several negative comments about Gaga on E!'s Fashion Police and to the press -- including calling her a "butterface" and saying that Gaga looked pregnant after her recent weight gain. But, as always, Gaga's Little Monsters had her back -- and they lashed out at Kelly for her insensitive remarks.
But Kelly claimed Gaga's fans went too far when they started threatening her. They said I should kill myself, that they hope I get raped," she told the U.K.'s Fabulous magazine. "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. I think you do anyway.
After Lady Gaga got wind of Kelly's Fabulous interview, she responded via her website: "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. 'Appearance' is the most used reason for bullying in the world," Gaga wrote on LittleMonsters.com. "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."
Sharon Osbourne (who claims she sent a letter to Gaga's manager about the threats her fans have made towards Kelly) took some major offense with Gaga's post. She responded on Jan. 10 with her own open letter on her Facebook page -- calling the Mother Monster a "bully" and a "hypocrite."
"Your open letter is hypocritical and full of contradictions," Sharon wrote. "How sweet that you have empathy for my daughter, as you feel that she has taken a less passionate path in life. You say her work on E! with the Fashion Police is 'rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people's beauty against one another.' Welcome to the real world. Example, when I saw you wear a dress made out of raw meat, I was sickened. When I see you wearing fur, and using it as a fashion statement, the fact that defenseless animals have been killed so you can get your picture in the press is abhorrent to me. Shouldn't you be teaching your 'little monster' fans to respect animals and life?"
She continues, "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. 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?"
Osbourne concludes, "In closing, stop wearing fur, stop looking for publicity, and stop using your fans to belittle not just Kelly but an endless stream of celebrities. A word from you would stop all the hideous, negative and vile threats from your 'little monsters.' Let me know if you want to continue this debate. I'm an open playing field for you my darling."
It seems like both parties have made some good points -- though we'd like to hear how Kelly feels about her mother stepping in to fight her battles. But the real question is why they don't just contact each other directly.
We guess the moral herer is clear: When a simple email won't get you enough publicity, write an overly wordy open letter.