Lady Gaga has attempted to stop a simmering dispute between herself and Kelly Osbourne with an open letter to the daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne. The letter comes after a volley fired at Gaga and her fans by Osbourne and appears to seek friendship.
Gaga posted it on her littlemonsters.com, fan site and it comes after Kelly Osbourne, a host on the TV show the Fashion Police, criticized Gaga and her fans, her Little Monsters, in an interview with Fabulous, a U.K. fashion and culture magazine. While Gaga's response was arguably about reaching out, the Fame Monster also made some harsh assessments.
"I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path," Gaga wrote. "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. Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature. It glorifies you and Joan Rivers pointing in the camera, laughing, and making jokes about artists and celebrities as if we are zoo animals."
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The response has not been what Gaga might have hoped. Kelly Osbourne has ignored the letter publicly and hasn't contacted Gaga about their burgeoning feud while her mom, Sharon Osbourne, wrote on her facebook page that Gaga was "hypocritical and full of contradictions." Meanwhile, Kelly's co-host, the 79-year-old Joan Rivers, got nasty in her rebuttal, telling the New York Post that instead of worrying about the Fashion Police, Gaga should "worry about the maggots in her brain from the meat dress."
Gaga, on a self-imposed gag order when it comes to speaking directly to the media, finished her letter to Osbourne by writing that they should "work together and make 2013 a year of unity." To date, that doesn't appear to be working out.
Gaga will be releasing a new album, ARTPOP, sometime this year.