Looks like the open letter trend trend will continue into 2013.
Lady Gaga, no stranger to the form (while this is technically the first fashion open letter Gaga has written herself, she’s certainly gotten involved in some others), took to her website to openly address Kelly Osbourne and her work on E!’s Fashion Police, which Gaga says “breeds negativity.”
The letter was written in response to an interview with Osbourne in Fabulous Magazine, in which the Fashion Police host opens up about getting cyberbullied by Lady Gaga fans. “I’m the thinnest I’ve ever been and the healthiest I’ve ever been. I get called fat all the time. A big fat whore,” she told the magazine, adding that “Lady Gaga’s fans are the worst. They’ve said I should kill myself, that they hope I get raped. I mean it’s crazy but I’ve had this all my life and I just try and ignore it.”
Gaga, not generally supportive of fashion critics of any kind, makes the argument that her work on FP is “rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another.” She also suggests that Osbourne’s participation on the show is hypocritical: “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.”
So who’s right and who’s wrong? If we’ve learned one thing from 2012′s history of open letters, it’s that, well, they cause a lot of media attention. Other than that….
You can read the full letter here.
Update: Kelly Osbourne’s Mom and fellow television personality Sharon Osbourne has responded to Lady Gaga’s open letter with an open letter of her own. She points out that she had in fact reached to Gaga’s manager, asking that Gaga address her “little monsters and stop them from writing libelous, slanderous and vile comments about my family, including death threats to Kelly.” She calls Gaga a “a publicly [sic] seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker” and says “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.”
“Let me know if you want to continue this debate. I’m an open playing field for you my darling,” she concludes. Et tu, Gaga? You can read the full letter here.