So here it is, little monsters:
It’s my jam! I will grant you I didn’t like this one as much as “Bad Romance”, but hell, maybe that’s because I could relate to “Bad Romance” much more on a personal level. Sad, but true. But I’m not going to lie, I’m a little dissapointed.
Because I like the Bad Romance video; the little tiny bit of it that’s not a song is just some visual set-up and harpsichord music. This one has like three minutes of intro, and keeps interrupting the song with plot. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally down with the fact that there’s an elaborate dance sequence where she makes a sandwich, but the song is divvied up into chunks to make it long and plot-driven. I didn’t really like it when Michael Jackson did it, and I don’t jive to it here. Besides, at least Michael Jackson turned into a werewolf. Here it’s just Gaga and Beyonce making homoerotic come-ons to each other.
But here’s the thing I’ve noticed; this is like the third video in a row where she kills a man.
See, with “Poker Face” she didn’t kill anyone. Just danced, played some cards, had some dogs. But then came “Paparazzi”.
After a long-ass intro, he inexplicably tries to kill her. She stays with him but then poisons him.
I’m also still trying to figure out what she’s getting at by having all-black dancing manservants. Maybe I’m just reading too much into it. But seriously, they’re all black. WTF?
Then there’s “Bad Romance”:
She gets her innocence or something ripped away by a bunch of models, then gets sold off to the highest bidder. She then immolates him.
I recalled her once saying something to the tune that she’s not a feminist. I found this online, from a Norwegian journalist:
You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music ’cause I love fast cars and fucking girls, you’d call me a rock star. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I’m a female, because I make pop music, you’re judgmental, and you say that it is distracting. I’m just a rock star.
Are you also a feminist?
I’m not a feminist – I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars…
Homosaywhaaa? From where I stand, it looks to me more like you obsess over men, accept abuse by them, and then think violent thoughts about them when things don’t go your way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure she’s tough to even be in the position she’s in, and carrying herself as business-smartly as she seems to be, but love men? Maybe on some level, but it seems more to me that she has a fucked up relationship with men. Like her idea of female empowerment is taking violent revenge on them. Since feminism by definition is about seeking equality between the sexes, yeah, I guess she’s right, she ain’t no feminist.
I’m sure she knows this; she went to NYU, one of the most liberal artsy-fartsy schools in America, and even if she wasn’t in one of the liberal arts programs I’m sure she got at least a small earful on feminist theory, so she has to know a little bit more about it than the typical kneejerk “feminists are unattractive embittered man-haters who don’t shave their legs”. Come on, guys. Finding a way to empower women and respecting men are not mutually exclusive concepts (though then again I have been surrounded by a bunch of pole dancers talking about eroticism and empowerment lately, so I might be a bit biased.) My point is, if gender equality and female empowerment aren’t on your agenda, that’s fine. But let’s at least be honest with ourselves, Stefani Germanotta, you don’t have the best relationship with men, either. Maybe you don’t celebrate “American female” culture, but at least you don’t kill women!
My point, concisely; don’t diss words like “feminist” just because they have icky connotations when you clearly like the idea of (what you consider) female empowerment, and also, you kill men in your videos or objectify them sexually.
Just imagine if a male rock star/pop star killed women in each of his videos. Talk about fall-out!
That said, I still love the Gaga and sing her at karaoke every time I go. Just, ya know, I calls it like I sees it.
She went to NYU around the same time I did, and though some of my friends of friends knew her, I wasn’t at the performance side of Tisch and didn’t really talk to people there anyway, so I didn’t. That said, here’s something from her NYU days, which shows what we all might have suspected but never believed: She’s not a natural blonde!