Yeah I’m GaGa’d out. All I see is a woman who steals from everyone and has yet to do one damn thing that is original. Whether she is doing Elton John, Grace Jones, David Bowie or Madonna we have already seen it and it was better the first time. I can think of mash re-runs that are more entertaining. The problem with he media is that when it decides that someone is the next hot thing, or the it girl (see the over saturation of Betty White) they fixate on ze to the point of over load.
What kills me is the realization that we have not moved past the point where false rebellion means something socially. How can someone be out there and be edgy, if they are only recycling someone’s else’s act. I was starting to feel really isolated in my opinion until I read a piece that Camille Paglia wrote for the Sunday Times Magazine.
Although she presents herself as the clarion voice of all the freaks and misfits of life, there is little evidence that she ever was one. Her upbringing was comfortable and eventually affluent, and she attended the same upscale Manhattan private school as Paris and Nicky Hilton. There is a monumental disconnect between Gaga’s melodramatic self-portrayal as a lonely, rebellious, marginalised artist and the powerful corporate apparatus that bankrolled her makeover and has steamrollered her songs into heavy rotation on radio stations everywhere.
Gaga is in way over her head with her avant-garde pretensions… She wants to have it both ways – to be hip and avant-garde and yet popular and universal, a practitioner of gung-ho “show biz”. Most of her worshippers seem to have had little or no contact with such powerful performers as Tina Turner or Janis Joplin, with their huge personalities and deep wells of passion.
Generation Gaga doesn’t identify with powerful vocal styles because their own voices have atrophied: they communicate mutely via a constant stream of atomised, telegraphic text messages. Gaga’s flat affect doesn’t bother them because they’re not attuned to facial expressions.
I am not a huge Paglia fan, but that won’t stop me from agreeing with her on this one. You cannot be avant garde by constantly playing to the media, searching desperately for the next big stolen prank. She reminds of an attention seeking child desperately following along in the path others to be noticed. Ooooh burn. Make sure you spell my name correctly on the hate mail please.
I think that Lady GaGa is the perfect example of the fact that we mindlessly consume media. All of the little monsters following around and cheering GaGa have stopped thinking, if they ever had a thought of their own to begin with. Oh but she’s a great ally for XYZ and so are hundreds of others, who do so without the need for constant self promotion. I think what gets me is that people think that there is a difference between her marketing and that of say Ozzy Osbourne. Actually, you know what — I take that back, Ozzy did his own shit back in the day. My point is that if you think you are rebelling when you take on the monster label or gush over lady gaga, think again, because you are actually one of the biggest conformists ever. Swallow hard now because that is what the media is expecting you to do and Gaga does have records and tickets to sell. Nothing truly revolutionary comes out of the mainstream and any indie artist would tell you that.
Go at it in the comments folks. What do you like or despise about Lady GaGa and why?