Lady Gaga and The Flub February 8, 2017Posted by geoff in News.
Lady Gaga is fighting back against those who thought she had a little too much belly fat during her Super Bowl performance. She had this to say via Twitter (incriminating pictures at the link):
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
This is, as usual, much ado about nothing. You can’t pick any subject, no matter how anodyne, without somebody vehemently disagreeing. So there are always losers who will complain about a bit of excess flub. By criticizing a famous star they feel empowered and superior, never realizing that it only makes them objects of pity or scorn.
But as to Lady Gaga’s response, I don’t quite agree.
When she says that she’s proud of her body, I’m of the opinion that she has every right to be. But in general, there are praiseworthy bodies and there are . . . those other bodies. Bodies like mine, for example.
I am not proud of my body, and I don’t think people who are overweight, out of shape, etc., should be proud of theirs either. But if you’re not going to do anything about it, then don’t worry about it. Just accept that that’s where you are in life.
It’s not a matter of pride, it’s a matter of being realistic and being comfortable with that reality.
Being “proud” of your body, without regard for its actual merits, is neither mentally nor physically healthy. If pride matters to you, make something you can be proud of. But being proud of being fat is like being proud of the participant ribbon you “won” when you took last place.