Following her widely praised Super Bowl halftime performance, Lady Gaga has struck back at online critics who felt that the 30-year-old star should be embarrassed to appear on stage with what they claimed to be a “pot belly.”
While writers such as The Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon have described Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance as “a high-energy one-woman show” in which “Lady GaGa very pointedly used her own position as a cultural lightning rod to electrify a message that was pro-gay, pro-unity, pro-feminist, pro-weirdo, and pro-fabulous,” some users on Twitter were quick to fixate on the appearance of GaGa’s stomach during the show’s final dramatic sequence.
“Trendsetter Lady Gaga sets trend of women walking around with ‘over the belts’ pot belly,” wrote one Twitter troll, according to The Daily Beast.
“I just feel like #Gaga’ dough should’ve been tucked in better,” The Daily Beast reported another user wrote.
Lady Gaga, who has in the past been open about her struggles with bulimia and anorexia, took to Instagram on Wednesday morning in a post in which she acknowledged that she’d “heard [her] body is a topic of conversation.”
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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
“I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” wrote the singer-songwriter. “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.”
Read the full story at The Daily Beast.