Lady Gaga Shuts Down Piers Morgan's Mansplaining About Rape, PTSD
The pop legend and British journalist had a heated, but civil discussion on Twitter.
Earlier this month, Lady Gaga revealed that she has been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of being raped at age 19.
The pop legend says it's taken years to open up publicly about her personal life, and after revealing her struggle with mental illness last week, she's received an outpouring of love and appreciation from her fans. Apparently though, there is still one individual who questions the validity of her experiences, implying that Gaga may actually be lying in order to gain media attention. Wow.
British journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan recently took to Twitter to express his suspicions of both Lady Gaga's sexual assault and the subsequent PTSD she suffers from.
After a commenter called Morgan out for undermining those who suffer from PTSD, Morgan went on to suggest that Gaga must be lying about the event since it wasn't proven in a court of law. His reasoning? That if her claims were true, she would not have waited years to report the sexual assault.
Meanwhile, Morgan continued:
What Morgan doesn't seem to understand is how directly comments like his actually discourage victims from coming forward about their attacks, and instead contribute directly to what's known as "rape culture", or a normalization of sexual violence.
The statistics are staggering: The Huffington Post reports that for every 1,000 incidents of rape, only 344 are actually reported to police, and most perpetrators will never spend time in jail or prison. But after three days of silence, Gaga decided to confront Morgan's allegation as poignantly as she could have given the situation.
Gaga went above and beyond, not only responding to Morgan's ignorant assumptions but even offering to discuss the reasons why so many women don't report their sexual assault. She also explained how PTSD can affect everyone, including young children, and sent her well wishes to Morgan and his family for their struggles with the illness.
Surprisingly, Gaga agreed to sit down with her accuser and discuss her side of the story. However, she made it very clear that she would only do so if she received the respect she deserves.
Of course, Morgan had to get in the last word: "OK, if you're big enough to do this, I'm big enough to play fair too."
We'll have to see about that.