Lady Gaga has taken a frustrating, disappointing amount of flack over her recent weight gain. She has ably tried to contend with her critics by doing something positive, however, hence her Body Revolution, which she spearheaded by posing unretouched in her underwear and reminding people of her lifelong struggle with eating disorders.
…Unfortunately, Gaga is no stranger to incoherent statements on subjects she’s passionate about and, in a new interview with Stylist, she rambles about the controversy, the media’s misplaced priorities and (unintentionally?) offers Adele a supremely backhanded compliment:
“I was acutely aware of some photos on the internet – my mum called me and was like, ‘Did you gain weight?’ – everybody was telling me about it, and I didn’t really care. But when I heard it was on the news, where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election – I just thought, ‘This is f*cking ridiculous.’ I mean, what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home? I thought, well I don’t really care if they think I’m fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds. Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of woman[sic]. I need to be a confident woman and just say politically active things when I can that are helpful to young people.”
Surely she realizes that people do say terrible things about Adele’s weight? And that saying Adele is “so confident”–with the implication that it’s despite her weight–isn’t exactly body positive? Hopefully she’ll clarify this whole thing via Twitter or some such; otherwise she’s got a lot of Chanel bags to send someone.
Oh, she was also asked about feminism and does that weird thing where she conflates enjoying sex to being a different kind of feminist:
“You know what’s so funny is, I actually think there’s a new feminism that is completely different and I don’t think either is better or worse. Any kind of feminist has valid views for herself about what it means to be a feminist, but, as a new-age feminist, I would say I quite like the transference of strength I feel by submitting to a man – being under him. I actually wrote a song about it on my album, it’s called GUY and it stands for Go Under You. So wearing make-up, smelling delicious and having suckable, kissable, edible things between your limbs is something I find strengthening because I know that when I pick the right guy, I can let him have it. Some women feel oppressed by make-up and clothing, and here’s to them, they have every right to feel that way as well.”
We… don’t… know. But, of what we can parse, we think that bit about “smelling delicious” is the weirdest plug for her new perfume yet.
(Stylist, photo via Wenn)