Lady Gaga is promoting her controversial new album “Artpop” across the U.S. Controversy surrounds the project and some say she has gone too far in efforts to blend art and pop.
During her performance at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, performance artist Millie Brown purposefully swallowed neon green paint and vomited all over Gaga to add to the artistic aspect of the show.
This didn’t go over well with the public and even some of Gaga’s fans. There is concern that Gaga’s recent performance is sending a negative message to young girls about eating disorders.
These concerns stem from the knowledge that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, as stated on the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) website.
Demi Lovato, a self-confessed Gaga fan, heard about her performance and expressed her disapproval because of its alleged “glamorization” of eating disorders. Lovato is open about her past experiences with eating disorders and posted a tweet after the performance saying: “Putting the word ART in it isn’t a free card to do whatever you want without consequences.”
Even though she disagreed with Gaga’s decision to include this in her performance, Lovato says she’s still a “Little Monster” at heart.
Gaga and Brown have defended the performance in interviews, saying that it was not intended to be about eating disorders, just art. Gaga visited the Today show and was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie about the scandal.
“ARTPOP, my new album, is about bringing art and music together and the spirit of creative rebellion. For us, that performance was art in its purest form. But we totally understand that some people won’t be into it.”
Do you agree with Gaga’s decision to include this in her latest performance? Do you think this sends the wrong message to young girls about eating disorders or is it “art” and therefore above criticism? Will this affect Gaga’s image?