Dominique Walker, 19, whose 11-year-old brother Carl hanged himself in 2009 because school bullies taunted him with anti-gay slurs, wants the bickering stars “to be more responsible and set an example.”
“They have to realize that they are both really powerful and can start a firestorm on social media with their millions of fans with just one comment,” Dominique told Celebuzz.
As reported by Celebuzz, the two superstars are involved in a bitter internet stand-off after Sharon Osbourne came to her daughter’s defense writing a critical open letter on her Facebook page that was prompted when the singer’s fans became abusive towards the Fashion Police co-host.
The Osbourne matriarch demanded that Gaga instruct her millions of followers, known as “Little Monsters,” to stop sending death threats and threatening messages to Kelly after she had commented on the singer’s weight, saying “I think she’s pregnant” on a UK talk show.
Gaga responded with a post on her LittleMonsters.com blog criticizing her work on E!, which further stoked the protests against Kelly.
But Dominique, who’s a sophomore at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, believes that both women are sending mixed messages to their fans and potentially alienating young people who are being bullied.
“I actually like both Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne, but my family knows how difficult it can be to lose somebody you love through bullying after my brother’s death in 2009, ” she said.
“We miss Carl each day and the saddest part was that we did not get to see him fulfill his potential as he was really smart and ambitious,” she added. “Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne have tremendous power and that comes with a lot of responsibility as they are actually role models for a lot of people via social media.
“They have both had their own issues over the years and I just hope that they can put their differences aside and send out positive and educational messages to young people instead.”
Their infamous dispute dates back to 2009 after Osbourne reportedly called Gaga a “butterface” and at last year’s Grammy Awards she deemed her “disrespectful” for not walking the red carpet.
And in October she slammed the Mother Monster’s fans in an interview withFabulous Magazine by saying: “Lady Gaga’s fans are the worst — they’ve said I should kill myself, that they hope I get raped. I mean it’s crazy, but I’ve had this all my life and I just try and ignore it.”
Lady Gaga established The Born This Way Foundation with her mother Cynthia Germanotta in 2011 to fight bullying and to create a “braver, kinder world” for youths.
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