Can a celeb appear on stage with anything less than a bikini-ready belly? That seems to be the question everyone is asking after Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show.
The pop star sure brought her A-game at one of America's most-watched TV events but unfortunately, it wasn't her aerial acrobatics or her challenging choreography or the fact that she sang live that set the Internet ablaze after her incredible 12-minute set. Instead, it was Mother Monster’s belly that had everyone talking. Never mind the 30-year-old’s fit-spirational physique. Turns out, people were offended by her belly-there muffin top.
Like these netizens who tweeted their disapproval of Gaga’s gut:
And of course, her fans, with fires in their, um, bellies wasted no time standing up for their idol:
Then, there were those who got into the deep-rooted issue of body shaming, that is prevalent in today’s pop culture:
Lady Gaga has since responded to all the body shaming. She wrote on Instagram: "I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions."
We're not worthy, Gaga. We're not worthy.