Lady Gaga defends Dylan Mulvaney after 'backlash' to International Women's Day photo: 'This is hatred'

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Singer Lady Gaga said Monday she found the response to an image of her with Dylan Mulvaney "appalling."

On Friday, Mulvaney, a transgender woman, posted an Instagram photo with Gaga to celebrate International Women’s Day, which quickly faced blowback for a biological male claiming to honor women.

Gaga remarked on the issue Monday, specifically calling out the media’s framing with the use of the word "backlash."

"It’s appalling to me that a post about National Women’s Day by Dylan Mulvaney and me would be met with such vitriol and hatred. When I see a newspaper reporting on hatred but calling it ‘backlash’ I feel it is important to clarify that hatred is hatred, and this kind of hatred is violence. ‘Backlash’ would imply that people who love or respect Dylan and me didn’t like something we did. This is not backlash. This is hatred," Gaga wrote on Instagram.

She added, "But it is not surprising given the immense work that it’s obvious we still have to do as a society to make room for transgender lives to be cherished and upheld by all of us. I feel very protective in this moment, not only of Dylan, but of the trans community who continues to lead the way with their endless grace and inspiration in the face of constant degradation, intolerance, and physical, verbal, and mental violence."

Gaga also called on people to "be loving, accepting, warm, welcoming" and to "stand and honor the complexity and challenge of trans life."... (Read more)