Making mountains out of Gaga molehills

The Australian MSM can be pretty parochial when it comes to visiting celebrities. Embarrassingly so. But this Herald Sun story – being run on all News Ltd sites, of course – is a complete beat up: Lady Gaga’s Gillard gaffe in Tracy Grimshaw interview:

LADY Gaga was almost engulfed in a political storm during her interview with Tracy Grimshaw last night.

In a case of mistaken sexuality, the pop diva assumed Prime Minister Julia Gillard was a lesbian after an ambiguous question from the ACA veteran, the Herald Sun reported.

Grimshaw apparently “asked the pro-gay-marriage singer if she thought Gillard was hypocritical living with her partner in The Lodge but also banning homosexual unions”.

Firstly, the question doesn’t even make sense. How is it hypocritical to live in a heterosexual relationship if you don’t support marriage equality?

Secondly, the language of the question implies that Gillard is gay. There’s nothing “ambiguous” about that.

And thirdly, do we really expect a visiting pop star to know the sexual orientation of our Prime Minister? After all, the Dalai Lama thought the PM was male, and he meets Australian politicians a lot.

But the question was clearly playing on the Born this Way star’s mind, and she double-checked with Grimshaw once the cameras were off if the PM was in fact gay.

So, Gaga doesn’t actually think Gillard is gay – she was simply responding to the question which implied that she was. Sorry News Ltd, there’s not really a story here. Unless you want to use all of your Australian websites to insinuate that the Prime Minister is gay.

28 responses to “Making mountains out of Gaga molehills

  1. In addition to the context of the question making a pretty strong implication, my understanding is that, in American English, “partner” used in the context of romantic partner usually refers unambiguously to a same-sex partner, so by checking rather than assuming Gaga was actually being exceptionally astute.

  2. And of course the inference that you are a woman who is both powerful and unmarried (with shortish hair) therefore you must be some kind of ‘power lesbian’

  3. Ah News Ltd, sometimes I wonder if they are just mere trolls taking the piss.

  4. I love Lady Gaga. She is fucking on to it. Unlike Tracy Grimshaw, and whover writes her questions/scripts.

  5. I can’t read Boganette’s blog anymore SADFACE.

  6. I can’t believe I am about to defend Grimshaw BUT in regards to the first part of your complaint it could be argued that Gillards (and a lot of others) line about ‘protecting the sanctity of marriage means fuck all when the person making the statement isn’t married. What is she protecting?
    By the way I don’t personally give a toss if the PM is married.
    Grimshaw defended I am off to be sick. God I hate that woman, someone should make her surrender the title of journalist.

    • Ha! We have your defence in writing, kimsonof. I see your point about sanctity and fuck all. I hadn’t thought about it like that. But I wasn’t having a go at Grimshaw – sure, the question was phrased badly – but at the breathless reporting of it.

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