“I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too”.

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:

A guy at my SuperBowl party said Lady Gaga should have lost those extra 5 lbs to really fit her costume tonight. It made my blood boil. I yelled across the room that she looks incredible, but I couldn't think of a clever comeback. That guy is obviously a ? but it reminded me that we have to keep helping each other remember that we are more than our weight, our looks…that we are strong and good enough AS IS. So I'm posting a pic in my swimsuit because big, small, let's raise each other up and stop letting people take our power away????????

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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!”:

Lo so che è strano, ma finalmente una cosa VERA non ritoccata….. la verita', la normalita'…. ieri criticavo anch'io questo…. ci ho pensato, mi sbagliavo!!! ❤❤❤❤ #real I know it's strange, but finally something real not retouched! The truth, reality. Yesterday I critized it too, but I though about it and I was wrong!!! #real

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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:

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. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga

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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?