Lady Gaga Addresses Super Bowl Body Shaming Comments

Lady Gaga trained "like an athlete" for her Super Bowl performance.

Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped people from nitpicking her supposed "belly", evident after she changed into a crop top and hotpants for her epic Bad Romance finale during Sunday's halftime show.

A novelty account using the name of White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer tweeted the following:

Women also noted the snide comments from men they were watching the Super Bowl with:

Criticism usually reserved for the brave souls hiding behind the anonymity of the internet went decidedly mainstream when Stefano Gabbana - of iconic brand Dolce and Gabbana - talked down to Gaga's "real" body, before retracting his statement the next day. He originally stated "I know it's strange but finally something real, untouched!" in Italian. Today in English, he amended his Instagram caption saying: "Yesterday I criticised too but I thought about it and I was wrong!":

Lady Gaga has become aware of the cruel critique and tonight took to Instagram to address her 21 million followers with some warm words of wisdom regarding body positivity:

It's sad that a female entertainer can perform one of the biggest shows of her career and still have it reduced to something as inconsequential as her weight or body shape.

Was anyone inspecting Bruno Mars or Chris Martin's bodies after their Super Bowl performances?