Getting angry that Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball show features blood “just hours” after a mass shooting, is like getting angry that the directors of a Romeo and Juliet production didn’t change the ending because a young couple killed themselves.
In the Daily Telegraph (and picked up across all News Ltd sites): Sick Lady Gaga slammed after UK massacre. Not even ‘Sick’ Lady Gaga. Nice editorialising there, Tele. Unless she had a cold. Then that headline would be correct.
SHE’S not exactly known for her squeaky-clean image and has been no stranger to controversy during her rise to fame.
But has Lady Gaga possibly taken things too far this time?
The singer was slammed by horrified fans after she she pretended to be murdered and eaten on stage by a crazed psycho killer, just hours after the horrific shooting spree across Cumbria.
So, she’s expected to change her show because of local crime? Don’t get me wrong, the crime was horrific, but aren’t we getting just a little too precious? Pop is about fantasy, and yes, there is an element of being a role model for young people, but her image and music aren’t about being clean, powerful and normal (like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus).
Thousands of fans and parents who had taken their children to the concert at the MEN Arena in Manchester looked on in horror as the 24-year old singer, dressed in a skimpy leather basque, was ambushed from by a gothic man dressed in black, who then appeared to bite into her neck and fake blood spurted down her chest.
So, a theatrical vampire performance is akin to a man shooting 12 people and then himself? Yes, the death and blood theme is a little insensitive, but if you’re that easily offended, what are you doing at a Lady Gaga show? She’s not even out there in terms of the crazy shit I’ve seen on stage. And what are children doing there? Don’t parents say “no, you’re too young” anymore?
But check this out:
One mum who took her 14-year old daughter to the show said: “I was absolutely sickened at what I saw. We know Lady Gaga is not exactly mainstream performance for all the family but she really crossed the line this time. It was extremely tasteless to see her pretend to be attacked in such a gory way – especially in front of young children.”
Again, what the fuck are parents doing taking their young children to see Lady Gaga?
And this, from Lynn Costello of Mothers Against Violence:
“Something like this is tasteless at any time but so soon after what happened in Bradford and Cumbria it also shows a total lack of sensitivity to the families of the victims. These people seem more concerned with selling tickets.”
Well, yes. Because that’s her job.