Demi Lovato Calls Out Lady Gaga for Vomit “ART”

We expect Lady Gaga to do some bizarre things while performing, but many were taken by surprise when Lady G had “vomit painter” Millie Brown throw up on her during her show at SXSW. Brown put her fingers down her throat and preceded to barf green paint onto a scantily clad, drum beating Gaga. (I will spare you the video)

Pop singer and X Factor judge Demi Lovato took to Twitter in a series of Tweets to call out Lady Gaga for the action, which she thought glorified bulimia:

“Sad…. As if we didn’t have enough people glamorizing [eating] disorders already. 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.”

Lady Gaga fans tweeted back to defend her, but Demi held her ground saying:

“Putting the word ART in it isn’t a free card to do whatever you want without consequences.”

“All I’m saying is, artists in pop culture have influence on people… Young people who are struggling to figure out their identities are seriously influenced by the things they see their idols do. Whether we intend to or no, artists influence people of all ages and unfortunately what people see, people do.”

“And that’s why I had to say something … Bulimia isn’t cool, and it won’t get you on stage with your favorite artist. I can’t not say anything because I stand up for what I believe in and speak out about mental illness.”

Lovato knows what she is talking about when she talks about eating disorders and mental illness. She has been very open about her treatment and recovery from an eating disorder.

Brown defended herself on TMZ, saying:

 “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 and conform to society’s standards.”


Which side of this debate do you stand on?

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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