Piers Morgan and Lady Gaga got involved in a serious Twitter discussion this week after the incendiary TV personality questioned the pop star’s post-traumatic stress disorder and rape claims.
Gaga revealed she suffers from PTSD during an interview on the “Today” show last week, nearly two years after first opening up about being raped at age 19.
Evidently, Morgan has his doubts about her experiences. Following the mental health revelation, the British journalist tweeted his skepticism regarding Gaga’s claims. He also brought Madonna, who has discussed her own rape, into the mix.
In one tweet, Morgan responds directly to a Twitter user who said he was “ignoring the fact Gaga has PTSD because she was raped.”
His messages are a glaring example of rape culture, an environment that discourages women from coming forward with stories of sexual abuse for fear they will not be taken seriously. The numbers help tell that tragic story. For every 1,000 incidents of rape, only 344 are reported to police, and of the rapes that are reported, the majority of perpetrators will never go to jail or prison, according to RAINN. Still, people like Morgan continue to suggest that not reporting rape may be a sign of dishonesty.