Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show last Sunday night had everything you could want in 13-packed minutes of entertainment.
There were top 40 pop hits, a beautiful ballad, intricate dance numbers, theatrical costumes, a light show using hundreds of extras, a light show using drones (that was cool), an impressive football catch, and one of the greatest musicians of all time jumping off the roof of a stadium, providing a beautifully executed giffable moment. Pre-recorded or not, that was amazing.
What Gaga’s performance also had was trolls.
The pop star’s talent and accomplishments quickly fell by the wayside as a number of internet trolls took Sunday night’s performance as an opportunity to ridicule Gaga’s body and send the message that hard work and talent mean nothing if you’re not skinny.
Taking issue with Gaga’s stomach and her decision to wear a crop top, internet trolls quickly began filling up Twitter feeds with posts about Gaga’s ‘flabby belly.’
Besides the fact that Lady Gaga is a professional dancer and a woman who would be considered fit and petite in just about every society, hateful comments like these promote the message that looks are what determine a person’s worth. Even more alarming is the effect these messages can have on Gaga’s millions of young fans who don’t share the same small dress size as Gaga.
An anti-bullying advocate, Gaga didn’t let the comments go unanswered. The singer posted a message on her Instagram page this morning, writing “I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions.”
I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga
The message wasn’t lost on fans, who responded with with love and pride:
@slojo910“As a mother of two I am proud to be a fan. Thank you for being a role model to both of my children. Bravo, job well done!”
@cierarenia “Seriously? She killed the halftime show at one of the most memorable super bowl games ever, yet some want to focus on her body?! This, this is what’s wrong with our society.”
@camo_couger18“You are an inspiration to everyone, not just women. Recently got onboard with your music and can’t believe what I’ve been missing!! Thank you for being you😘”
@louise_hodge “What on earth is wrong with people?? As a woman who has recently given birth I’m outraged that people feel they can comment on our bodies! We should all love ourselves and respect each other! 💖”
@suiebee “Thanks Gaga girl for giving us all a “Hallelujah Belly Moment.” Let’s hear it for the girls with normal tummies 🎉 I thought it was fabulous that you kept it real. You R O C K!”
@elverstonez “Amazing in and out. Always proud of gaga and ensuring others are proud of themselves even when they want to hate!”
@kaciere “You’re stunning! A person has no right to define another. It’s amazing when women accept their bodies, no matter their size. So, world, stop the petty judgements!”
@lindseyr1432 “This country needs to stop body shaming women. @ladygaga you looked AMAZING, you sounded amazing and you are amazing. Thank you for being an inspiration to women all over the world ❤❤❤”
Keep being an amazing role model, Lady Gaga!