Demi Lovato Accuses Lady Gaga of 'Glamorizing' Eating Disorders

By McCarton Ackerman 03/18/14

The former Disney star criticized the reigning pop queen's vomit-inducing performance at SXSW.

Gaga puked on for 'art'. Photo via

Demi Lovato was less than impressed with Lady Gaga’s gross SXSW performance last week. Gaga shocked her Little Monsters last Thursday when performance artist Millie Brown forced herself to vomit on the singer during her set. Lovato, who has openly struggled with bulimia herself, took to Twitter and slammed the singer for “glamorizing” eating disorders.

"Putting the word ART in it isn't a free card to do whatever you want without consequences,” she tweeted. "Bottom line, it's not 'cool' or 'artsy' at all. Would you let someone bring a needle and shoot up on you? Addiction is addiction."

Despite criticism from some of Gaga’s fans, one of whom called Lovato an “attention whore,” she refused to back down. “It’s not ‘shade’ and it’s not hate. But someone has to come forward and say it and I’ll take the heat for it,” she wrote. “Activists don’t shut up. If no one raises their voice, how are we supposed to be heard...artists in pop culture have influence on people. Some of which are people who aren't capable of understanding the art that is expressed by their idols."

Gaga herself has not commented on the vomit-filled performance, but Brown addressed the criticism against her. She told TMZ that “there’s a clear difference between using my body to create something beautiful, to express myself and feel powerful, rather than using it to punish myself or conform to society’s standards."

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