Watching the Grammy's this past Sunday, I was brought to new heights of disgust. Besides Justin Bieber and his high-pitched warbling and Gwyneth Paltrow running around wit Muppets, Lady Gaga made it her special mission for the night to upstage everyone with her boring and hackneyed antics. Before the show, she showed up in an egg with "servants" around her that looked like they was created to be a clones of David Bowie, but without the obvious talent for androgynous dressing:
During the show, she was birthed from her egg and proceeded to sing her song Born This Way. She was wearing a two-piece tan outfit that looked as if it came off the clearance rack at the Quick-and-Go Clothing store:
She said that her "hair color was a washed-out rose color . . . It was meant to be a hair expression, an afterbirth." That's classy, isn't it? She eventually won her Grammy's for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Artist. The fans salivated and ate up that hammy (or should I say eggy?) display. I did not.
Gaga, whose really name is Stefani Germanotta, has grown to great fame as an artist these past few years, and I have been around to see the mass chaos she has created and the fame she has accrued. Her albums, like Born This Way and The Fame Monster, have sold millions of copies worldwide, making her a very wealthy woman. Her first studio album, The Fame, debuted in 2008 and that was the tipping point for her stardom to shoot off.
But, in addition to music, Gaga is famous for being "well-recognized for her outré sense of style as a recording
artist, in fashion, in performance and in her music videos." It all started in High School, as it does for many artists. In an interview, she described her academic life in high school as "very dedicated, very
studious, very disciplined" but also "a bit insecure" as she told in an
interview, "I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative
or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn't fit in, and I
felt like a freak." After High School she went to New York's Tisch School of the Arts.
After that, history writes itself. She has become a force to be reckoned with in the music business, all because of her freak-show tendencies and ability to pander to the public by writing superfluous song after song after song while continuing to hone her weird style and inane sense of "pushing the envelope."
She continually produces sub-par music but "peps" it up with stage shows that are both gaudy and mildly offensive. It's not artistic merit. It's a freak-show performance. She feeds off of the shock that she continually ekes out of the populous of the world. She's quite the decorated succubus.
All of my friends have fallen under her spell. But I, the always level-headed journalist, have not fallen onto the Gaga bandwagon. I find her music repetitive, her personality awkward and her performance second-rate at best. She may be trained to play piano perfectly, but that doesn't necessarily mean that her vision is going to work. You can play and sing what you have written perfectly, without a flaw, but if the source material is not good to begin with, the performance will be about as convincing as Nancy Pelosi's Botox allegation denials.
She is simply an awkward performer. You feel that, as she is performing, she might faint from exhaustion (or is it faint because of the noxious fumes of self-worth she is emitting?) or lose control of whatever bit of fragile psyche she still has left. I don't see what people see is so appealing about her art.
Yes, she pushes the envelope. Yes, she can play piano. But is that really enough to warrant her popularity? Is it enough to push her into the pantheon of stardom? In this writer's opinion, no it is not.
I'm not saying she shouldn't perform, I'm saying she should not be as popular as she is now. She is simply pandering to the masses and giving them a freak-show every time she steps out into public eye. Her and her talent are kind of like the Loch Ness Monster: you appear to see it often, but usually it's just a trick of the shadows.
We should take a long hard look at "Lady" Gaga and see her for what she really is: a shill for money, almost like an 18th Century Freak-Show exhibit. She's even worse off than the Elephant Man. At least the Elephant Man had a soul. She is willing to push whatever envelope, including shilling for Gay Rights, to make a dollar and to be seen and examined in the news. She feeds off of the ill-placed "love" people have for her. She feeds on the adoration of the misguided masses. If you are a Gaga fan, I please ask you to re-examine your priorities.
Unless Gaga changes her ways, and proves to us that she is more than a freak, she will have a better time having longevity in the music business.
Because, as we all know, a freak-show can only last so long (*cough* Jersey Shore *cough*) and Gaga's time is just about up!