I love Lady Gaga. I’m not interested in her music (I’m too old for that), but I think she is hilarious. That meat dress was one giant “fuck you” to the music and fashion industries that value women by the fuckability of their body parts. And from what I’ve seen of her music videos, she’s not there to give you some soft porn on your Saturday morning.
So I saw this and just had to point and laugh: Music execs say Lady Gaga went too far at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Oh, this is going to be good.
It’s by “staff writer”, which means a journo either re-wrote someone else’s work, or was too ashamed to put their name to it. Given that it’s about the MTV awards in the US, I’m going with the former.
LADY Gaga prompted many jaws to drop during the MTV Video Music Awards when she channeled her foul-mouthed, whiskey-drinking, chain-smoking male alter ego, Jo Calderone, onstage and even in the restroom.
Oh, a lady dressed as a man is TAKING IT TOO FAR. I see. I guess when she’s dressed as a man then we don’t get glimpses of boobies. Or something. Too far man, too far.
And I don’t know about jaws dropping. If you watch the video, the crowd loved it:
During the performer’s multiple onstage appearances, she continued to find the need to reinforce that “Gaga wasn’t here tonight” and that “Calderone was accepting the award on her behalf,” though she scored wins for her music videos in the female category.
Um, “continued to find the need”? Calderone is a performance, and you don’t stop a performance just because some judgy News Ltd journo in an office in Sydney re-writing someone else’s work doesn’t get what you’re doing.
But I shouldn’t be too hard on that journo. Other dudes I’ve never heard of didn’t get it either. Like “television and music producer” Edward Paige:
“People originally embraced Gaga because in all her quirkiness was authentic in that she didn’t fit in. But stepping outside the more comfortable vixen role could hurt her. Does MTV or its throngs of little girls’ fans want a diva that looks like Ralph Macchio doing a Lenny Bruce routine? I doubt it.”
Firstly, who gives a shit what MTV wants? Gaga shouldn’t. She doesn’t need them. And secondly, why is it worse for little girls to see a woman dressed as a man than to see her dressed as a vixen? How on earth is showing girls that they don’t need to look sexy all the time worse than showing them that they do? Can you say “sexualisation of children”, Edward Paige?
“Gaga’s persistence as ‘Jo Calderone’ degraded an otherwise enjoyable VMAs, and stood in stark contrast to tasteful and classy presentations by the likes of Adele. Gaga’s performance art philosophy may excuse this, but it remains a poor execution of what, at this point, falls squarely into [a] predictably random pattern of behavior,” added Jed Smith, head of music composition company, Beta Fish.
“Predictably random”? What a doofus. And his point comparing two women with completely different styles and different styles of music is just stupid. What he means to say is that one is acting like a “proper lady” and the other is dressed in a way that he can’t beat off to.