Dear Kelly and Sharon Osbourne: it’s not bullying, it’s your jobs
SHARON Osbourne says Lady GaGa is a bully:
“I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kell. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?”
Kelly is Kelly Osbourne, the woman who used to look like a button mushroom but who now resembles pretty much every other inked, proud-to-be-skinny celebrity on the magic box. The apparent bullying is that a few dickheads who follow GaGa on Twitter have tweeted a few nasty things about Kelly.
It’s not bullying, though, is it. Bullying is what happens in the playground. These are grown women whose job it is to be noticed. Kelly called Dannii Minogue the “devil“. She tweeted to the minor Minogue who had complained in print that she had been bullied by Pixie-voiced Sharon: “wa wa wa you poor middle aged victum (sic).”
Sharon Osbourne threw a glass of water over Louis Walsh after he threatened to quit the X Factor show over alleged “bullying” by fellow judges including Osbourne and Simon Cowell back in series 2.
This is Sharon, who called Susan Boyle the “hairy arsehole”. Boyle never complained of having been bullied by the reality telly harridan. But Dannii did, writing in her memoirs:
“When I sat next to Sharon each Saturday, having seen her publicly destroy me on yet another television show, I felt as if I was back at primary school, when I was forced to sit next to the school bully, Fat Billy.”
So, Sharon has written an open letter to bullying Gaga. And Gaga has written an open letter to bullying Kelly:
I encourage them to ignore criticism, stand up to bullies, know their own value and see that we are all the same and no one person is worth more than another…I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path. Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another. “Appearance” is the most used reason for bullying in the world….To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding. Why not help others? Why not defend others who are bullied for their image and share your story?
It’s the word bullying, isn’t it. None of this is bullying. Bullying is what happens in the playground. This is look-at-me criticism amongst people who choose – madly – to share many aspects of their private lives with the great unwashed (“Ozzy wants to f*** like a rabbit”). Anyone stupid /vain/ mad enough to make their and their family’s private lives public property should expect to be criticised. These women are all powerful, rich and successful. They are not being bullied. This is what modern celebrity looks like: a bun fight for identity and a lust to become a tabloid ubiquity. And the laziest way to get there is to cast yourself as a victim.
It’s not bullying, Sharon and Kelly. It’s your work.