Lady Gaga is currently under fire for a food-related issue–but this time it’s not anything like a dress made of meat. The superstar angered scores of fans earlier this week with a tweet many interpreted as dangerously supportive of eating disorders.
“Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay,” Gaga’s Twitter account read on Tuesday.
The Twittersphere response was swift and negative, with users taking particular offense to the “don’t eat” hashtag. Many tweeted such comments as “disgusted” and “so wrong” in regards to the remark.
Some fans were even more blunt: “You just blatantly endorsed anorexia to over 22 million followers,” read one tweet.
Even the National Eating Disorders Association weighed in, tweeting “Huh? This is the same person who recently implored girls to stop dieting?”
Gaga admitted to Vanity Fair in 2010 that she herself battled bulimia, citing an incident in which she forced herself to throw up a meal of fried chicken before a meeting with a record-label executive.
Since then, she’s been an advocate of healthy eating, urging girls to cultivate a positive body image. In February, she spoke at a young women’s conference in Los Angeles, imploring, “The dieting wars have got to stop. Everyone just knock it off.”