GAGA’S OSCAR VOTE: Oscar de la Renta’s beef toward Cathy Horyn’s review of his runway show got even meatier Tuesday morning as Lady Gaga weighed in on Twitter in support of the designer. The pop star, who has openly criticized Horyn in the past, going so far as to single her out in the September 2011 issue of V magazine, crafted a pointed tweet to her 29.5 million followers and OscarPRGirl, otherwise known as Erika Bearman, senior vice president of public relations. “@OscarPRGirl Bravo Oscar. Only you would be so chic as to purchase an entire page in WWD, making statements like a good fashion citizen.”
This isn’t the first time Gaga has taken on Horyn. In a piece in the September 2011 issue of V magazine about “extreme critic fundamentalism,” Gaga said, “In the age of the Internet, when collections and performances are so accessible to the public and anyone can post a review on Facebook or Twitter, shouldn’t columnists and reviewers, such as Cathy Horyn, employ a more modern and forward approach to criticism, one that separates them from the average individual at home on their laptop?” The pop star continued her rant: “Why do we harp on the predictability of the infamous fashion critic? The predictability of the most notoriously harsh critics who continue writing their notoriously harsh reviews? Why give the elephant in the room a peanut if it has already snapped its trunk at you? That peanut was dead on arrival. To be fair, Ms. Horyn, the more critical question to ask is: when did the pretense of fashion become more important than its influence on a generation? Why have we decided that one person’s opinion matters more than anyone else’s?”
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