Lady Gaga Tells Her Fans to Stop Threatening People Online
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.19.2013
She doesn't want them doing it...
Lady Gaga has asked her fans to stop threatening people over the internet. As you may have read, Gaga and gossip blogger Perez Hilton have been at each other's virtual throats over the last few weeks, with Hilton trashing Gaga and her new single "Applause" while Gaga has accused Hilton of stalking her (Hilton said he was house hunting and ended up in her building looking at an apartment by coincidence). This sparked a nasty back and forth between them and Hilton has denied the allegations against him, claiming that Gaga's fans have sent him death threats and other verbal attacks.
Gaga wrote an open letter on her Born This Way Foundation Blog where she didn't mention Hilton by name, but told her "Little Monsters" to back off of threatening people. Gaga wrote, "Sending threats of any kind, using hateful or abusive language, and the provoking of others on the internet is not supported by me or anything that I stand for. What I've seen transpiring is wrong and upsetting to me, and I've made it very clear how I feel about equality and compassion."
She continued, "Music is about love, and is about sharing in the magic of theater. We are stronger than this. We know what we stand for, and what we stand for is bravery. I know this because what I see on the internet is not what I see at my shows."
She also asked Twitter and other social media services to help police abusive users, noting, "I don't know that I am powerful enough to stop it myself."
Hilton had noted in a statement previously, "If her fans want to send a message of support to Lady GaGa, they should buy her music." Whether the whole mess is done with or not is hard to say.