Lady Gaga Slams ‘Hatred’ Over Dylan Mulvaney’s International Women’s Day Photo

Lady Gaga has blasted the 'hatred' over Dylan Mulvaney's International Women's Day photo.
Credit: Alamy & @dylanmulvaney/Instagram

Lady Gaga has blasted the ‘hatred’ over Dylan Mulvaney’s International Women’s Day photo.

The ‘Born This Way’ singer, 37, and the Next To Nothing star, 27, collaborated on a heartfelt International Women’s Day post – shared on Gaga’s Instagram feed.

But sadly, transphobic comments dominated the discourse of the post – and now Gaga has addressed the ‘hatred’ aimed at the TikTok star.

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Lady Gaga is undoubtedly one of the most successful women in showbiz.

The ‘Poker Face’ singer has won an Oscar for the A Star Is Born soundtrack – which she starred in too – and has branched out into acting with appearances in films including House Of Gucci and the upcoming Joker: Folie à Deux.

Relatively speaking, Dylan Mulvaney is a newer face on the celebrity scene.

The 27-year-old found TikTok fame by detailing her gender transition in 2022, with her video series ‘Days of Girlhood’ receiving over a billion views.

Dylan Mulvaney Bud Light sponsorship.
It’s not the first time Dylan Mulvaney has received cruel comments online. Credit: @dylanmulvaney/Instagram

She would then make headlines in 2023 due to her sponsorship with Bud Light.

Many transphobes took offence to the collaboration, and even called for a boycotting of the beer brand.

At the time, Mulvaney responded to the viral, right-wing hate campaign, revealing in a TikTok video that she was subjected to ‘more bullying and transphobia than I could have ever imagined’.

But this bullying and transphobia has continued, as the latest International Women’s Day drama proves…

Mulvaney took to Instagram on March 8 to post an IWD tribute photoshoot alongside the ‘Bad Romance’ singer.

Dylan Mulvaney
Lady Gaga has defended her friend Dylan Mulvaney after the TikTok star posted a photo celebrating International Women’s Day. Credit: @dylanmulvaney/Instagram

However, the comments section was quickly filled with hateful and transphobic comments, with many of them misgendering the TikTok star.

Following this onslaught, Gaga reposted the image to her own page and offered an impassioned defence of her friend, with fans loving it.

One writes: “These comments are truly horrendous, TRANS WOMAN ARE WOMAN. Therefore they should celebrate themselves as well as other woman on International Women’s Day.

“We should try to lift people up and not bring them down. Everyone needs to do better in supporting one another and if you have nothing positive to say just don’t open your mouth, what she is doing isn’t causing you ANY harm.”

Another person jokes: “I am the old white, straight guy who feels like I MUST comment on this… let me say this… I love it!!! (No old, straight, white guys were actually harmed by this post).”

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga says the ‘hatred’ towards the International Women’s Day photo has been ‘appalling’. Credit: @ladygaga/Instagram

Gaga writes in her caption: “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.

“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.”

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The American Horror Story actress adds that she hopes all women will come together to ensure that they are all ‘celebrated equally’.

She concludes the post: “May we all come together and be loving, accepting, warm, welcoming. May we all stand and honor the complexity and challenge of trans life – that we do not know, but can seek to understand and have compassion for. I love people too much to allow hatred to be referred to as ‘backlash’. People deserve better.”

Hear, hear.


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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.