'Pop singers don't eat': Lady Gaga's tweet sparks backlash from eating disorder campaign groups
13:41 GMT, 12 April 2012
A Twitter post from Lady Gaga about her diet and exercise regime has sparked a backlash from fans and eating disorder campaign groups.
In a message to her nearly 23million followers the 26-year-old wrote: 'Just killed back
to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger
The likely innocent joke backfired, though, with The National
Eating Disorder Association responding with a tweet that read: 'Huh This is
the same person who recently implored girls to stop dieting'
Controversial tweet: Lady Gaga sent a tweet joking about her diet to her nearly 23million fans, causing the National Eating Disorder Association to respond
The organisation was referring to the fact that, in February, Gaga publicly urged young women to cultivate a
healthy body image, admitting that she had been bulimic in high school, and had been obsessed with being a 'skinny
While some of the singer's fans defended the tweet, perceiving it as a sarcastic remark seasoned with irony, the majority of responses were negative.
believe that eating disorders should never be joked about, although some
fans are applauding the transparency of her comment, saying it raises awareness of the constant struggle in popular culture for women to convey a perfect body image.
Sarcastic vs serious: Many believe that eating disorders should never be joked about, however some fans are applauding the transparency of her comment
One of her fans responded on
Twitter, writing: '@ladygaga why would you even promote a message like
that Disgusting that you'd joke about such a serious illness.
Others, though, found her comment refreshing,
showing fans that she is a 'normal' woman who had a problem, has faced
that problem, but also has a human tendency to desire foods we are told
are bad for us.
One fan wrote: 'Exercise and healthy eating is NOT an eating disorder. How about the hashtag #getoverit'
Another pop singer, Demi Lovato, highlighted the seriousness of a similar issue on Twitter in December.
An eating disorder joke was made on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up, in which a character said, 'I could just eat you guys up you know… If I ate'.
Negative responses: Some of the singer's fans defended the tweet, perceiving it as a sarcastic remark, however many were angered
Lovato tweeted: 'Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.'
Subsequently, the network apologised and the two episodes in question were pulled from the air.
Miley Cyrus has also taken to Twitter recently to address eating disorders, after she was accused herself of having a problem.
After she encouraged fans to go gluten-free for a week, many critics questioned her decision to dispense health advice, with some fans then using Twitter to question her new skinnier frame.
She wrote, 'For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It's not about weight it's about health.'
Eating disorders are certainly no joke,with the highest death rate of any mental illness.
However one could argue that silencing a serious
topic is far worse than offending a few on the way to starting
an open discourse.