Leave it to the Brits to get philosophical about Gaga’s dress, while we Americans are busy being freaked out by it. BBC News asked a group of experts to weigh in on what message Gaga was delivering by draping herself in cheap steak rather than couture. The so-called experts, who came up with five possible interpretations, think the dress symbolizes the following: 1.) an “anti-fashion statement”; 2.) a “feminist statement”; 3.) a “commentary on aging and decay”; 4.) a comment on our “hypocritical attitude toward meat”; or 5.) no statement at all — the joke’s on us for thinking otherwise. Keep reading »
“Being able to stand 20 feet away from her was unreal. I couldn’t even remember my name at that moment… She speaks for all the oddballs.”
—”Jersey Shore” cast member JWoww on almost meeting Lady Gaga at the VMAs. So I guess we won’t be seeing any Haus of Gaga/Filthy Couture collaborations any time soon? Bummer. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
If you somehow missed Camille Paglia in any gender studies or cultural studies classes, here is a general (but by no means complete) run down: she’s a public intellectual who is extremely critical of mainstream feminists and accuses them of being the P.C. police; she’s pro-pornography and pro-legalized sex work; she believes masculinity and femininity are essential qualities in each of us that should be nurtured; she argues love and sex are supposed to be passionate, even violent; and she is obsessed with both “high culture” and “low culture,” particularly art and literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the pop star Madonna. To say Camille Paglia is controversial is putting it mildly; quite a few female writers dismiss her entirely as a publicity whore. Personally, I’ve read a few of her books and old Salon.com columns and find some of Paglia’s ideas interesting to think about.
Some of Paglia’s criticisms are spot-on: indeed, the woman whose birth certificate reads Stephani Germanotta was raised in New York City’s Upper West Side, attended the same private school as the Hilton sisters and attended one year of $40K-a-year NYU, and was financially supported by her parents while she launched her music career. Paglia accuses Gaga of a disingenuous identity, writing:
“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.”
[Wikipedia: Camille Paglia]
“It’s all beef. Her bodice looks like the outside of the rib. Over the shoulder looks like it does come from the shoulder. There are no expensive cuts here, no real steaks. The best you’ve got is the flank steak on top of her head. It’s the cheaper end cuts—not including her. You got about $100 of meat there… It ain’t refrigerated. It’s probably stinking bad. She’s in the lights: It’s cooking.”
—A New York butcher weighs in on the meat dress Lady Gaga wore to the VMAs. Who’s hungry? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
A dishy new biography of Lady Gaga claims she crash diets, fooled around with one of her producers, and refused to tour with Kanye West after his 2009 VMAs meltdown.
Gaga was hospitalized six times during 2009 for eating-disordered behavior, claims her former tour manager David Ciemny in Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga, by Maureen Callahan. Ciemny claims Gaga made herself “physically and mentally … sick” trying to fit into her costumes, binging on only junk food and once losing 20 lbs. right-quick to fit into a crazy get-up.
The book, which releases tomorrow, also claims not-so-surprisingly that Lady Gaga’s wackadoodle image was constructed because the music industry didn’t think she was conventionally attractive enough to garner attention. Harsh! Keep reading »