Gaga Ain't No Lady

I’m a little late on this one, I know.  Actually, what I’m about to discuss has been bothering me for a while and really reached a peak at the American Idol Finale a couple of weeks back.  I had decided to just let it go, just move on, but I can’t.  I have to “Express Myself” (note the Madonna reference) and then, hopefully, I can get on with my life.

It seems that everybody is ‘gaga’ over Lady Gaga right now.  That is no surprise.  I’ve been on the planet long enough now to recognize a marketing phenomenon when I see one.  They come, some stay, some go – free enterprise, I get all that.  I also get artistic freedom, self-expression, the value of controversy, all that.  That’s OK, that’s cool.   However, I have a couple of specific problems with Lady Gaga – not her personally (like I know her) – but with her message and how the entertainment industry has her out there.

The first goes back to American Idol.  I am really pissed with their ‘bait and switch’ tactic when they had Gaga performing on the show.  I’m watching a singing competition, s-i-n-g-i-n-g.  A program touted as a family show, good ‘ol American entertainment.  I’m no prude – really. I listen to pop music, I grew up in the 70’s, I’m comfortable with ‘suggestive lyrics’, and I know that Idol needs to be ‘current’.  But, what I didn’t sign up for when tuning into Idol is an instructional video on sex positions, which is how I would describe Gaga’s performance.  You know the one I’m talking about --- essentially, a depiction of what a threesome might look like.  How would I explain that to kids, had I been sitting there with my family?  I say again --- I didn’t tune in to Idol expecting sex education, and I don’t appreciate being put in the predicament of having to address it ‘under force’ with my kids.  When and if I discuss sex with my kids is my call, not yours Idol, thank you very much.

Now, I’ve heard many use the “Madonna excuse” for Gaga’s antics, saying that she’s just continuing the legacy of what Madonna did more than 20 years ago.  Wait a minute.  I happened to be around in the 80’s, so I know what I’m talking about, and there is a huge difference between what Madonna did and what Gaga is doing now (with the help of shows like Idol).  The first difference is there was no ‘bait and switch’ going on in Madonna’s day.  She was mostly on MTV and if you were watching that you knew exactly what you were going to get.  And, to the best of my recollection, Madonna’s extreme ‘adult maneuvers’ were saved for her concert audience, not on prime time, ‘family’ television.  That’s fine.  If you bought a ticket to a Madonna concert, again, you expected to see some pretty racy stuff (and you did).  So, I’m sorry, the Madonna excuse for Gaga is just not going to fly with me.

No less important, is my other problem with Gaga’s behavior.  (And, I might add, she is not the only one in all this, but she’s the ‘poster child’ right now.)   Actually, it goes beyond her behavior itself.  It’s the audacity of those who suggest she is furthering the feminist cause with her ‘in your face’ sexuality.  What?!  Are you kidding me?  We’ve been fighting all these years to be taken seriously as the best damn fellatio (look it up if you need to) providers we can be?!  Well, that’s just great.  That’s what I want my daughters to aspire to.  Come on now, really? That’s the best we can do?  I’m going to suggest that Gaga (and other female entertainers, who are managed by men, I might add) have done more to destroy real feminism than any man could ever do.  Can’t help myself…. I guess I was just “Born This Way”.    


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