Lady Gaga calls for crackdown on Internet abuse
- Photo: KEN KATZ/StarTraks1 of 9
- Photo: Rex USA2 of 9
- Photo: All Access Photo/Splash News3 of 9
- Photo: Premiere/Fame Flynet4 of 9
- Photo: Josephine Santos/PacificCoastNews.com5 of 9
- Photo: RSH/ZOJ/WENN6 of 9
- Photo: Josephine Santos, PacificCoastNe/PacificCoastNews.com7 of 9
- Photo: SLB/ZDS/WENN8 of 9
Pop superstar Lady Gaga has called on fans and social media bosses to crack down on Internet abuse, just days after she started a nasty online feud with a gossip blogger.
RELATED: Best TMI tweets
The singer hit headlines last week when she began a war of words with Perez Hilton after he criticized her new music on his website, branding him "sick" and accusing him of "stalking" her. Hilton subsequently claimed the Twitter.com rant prompted Gaga's legions of fans to send him a barrage of abusive messages and death threats through the website. However, Gaga has now issued a statement urging her fans not to spread hatred online.
In a message posted on the website of her Born This Way Foundation, Gaga writes, "[I am] passionate about tolerance, acceptance, and kindness, and I've made it a point early in my career to make it known that this is what I stand for as an artist. While it may be difficult at times to hear the things that people say and write about me ... Sending threats of any kind, using hateful or abusive language, and the provoking of others on the Internet is not supported by me or anything that I stand for. What I've seen transpiring is wrong and upsetting to me...
"I ask you to take a pledge with me to continue the change toward positivity, and to recognize that this behavior is wrong ... The anonymous nature of social media has made it easy for many to vent their anger by bullying others with no recourse or accountability. But this is not a healthy way to handle your emotions."
Gaga also calls for an overhaul of social networking websites to help stamp out abuse, adding, "I also ask that Twitter and other social media platforms support this effort to monitor and control abusive and threatening language, as I don't know that I am powerful enough to stop it myself. Please represent me and our community with the values we cherish and live by."
Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Heidi Klum all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.Watch Video »
Diva Double Date
Beyonce and Alicia Keys double date with their famous hubbies on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Where Are They?
See what the cast of "American Beauty" is up to today.Watch Video »
J.Lo's Mini Me
Jennifer Lopez shares an adorable photo of her look-alike daughter, plus more celebritots on social media on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Prince Harry, Jessica Alba and more stars who threw out the first pitch at baseball games.Watch Video »
Sofia Vergara poses in a revealing neon bikini while her "Modern Family" castmates hit the beach in Australia on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Like us on Facebook?
From Crowd Ignite