…go gaga

...when you wish upon a star

Today I thought I’d rant about something very near and dear to my heart, the bizarre concept of celebrity.

And what better way to discuss this phenomenon than by sharing my inability to understand everyone’s fascination with Lady Gaga.

I will admit that she is clearly very talented.  I’m not a huge fan of the music she has released or the extreme theatricals she resorts to in order to keep everyone’s attention, but since seeing her on SNL I can’t deny that she clearly has some level of musical talent.

This however doesn’t seem to translate into the work she actually releases.

I don’t object to her music.  I just don’t understand it.

I suppose that I should be applauding her clear understanding of what people want to see and hear, because I feel quite alone sometimes in my not understanding the point.

She seems to be in the headlines for just about every reason out there.  Lately it’s relocating concertsprotests at her concertscancelling concerts.

This last one is her current controversy (something that seems to follow her).  After cancelling a concert last night in West Lafayette, IN, claiming illness, Gaga appeared to be in full health during her spot on Oprah this morning.  Curious.

My point here is not to question whether she was actually ill yesterday or not.  I simply wanted to take a look at the phenomenon that is celebrity, by focusing on one in particular.  What is it that makes us care so much about the lives of complete strangers?  Anyone else could be sick one night and then fine the next morning and no one would question it.

But when you’re a top-selling music artist I guess your held to higher standards in everything, including your ability to suck it up and get on with the show.

…bi-daily smile…

a musical lesson in fame

I’ll admit her songs are catchy...and props for being able to play the piano in that contraption…

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Alicia Sciore says:

    Check out this article from the LA Times…

    I think there is a lot to be said about Lady Gaga. I find her to be a physical manifestation of what thinkers like Judith Butler was talking about in discussing gender construction and identity. Although, on the surface, a lot of her outrageous costumes and lyrics may seem like a show, I believe that she might be one of the few in Hollywood who is actually purposefully challenging ideas on femininity and gender instead of submitting to them (a la Britney Spears, though I must say I am a fan).

    And why do we like it when they fuck up?

    It might be that we as a culture are be critiquing/obsessing over these stars for challenging our ideas of what it means to be a woman based on our constructed ideas of gender roles?

    Maybe Lady Gaga is just a bit more obvious about it…

    Check out Judith Butler’s “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory”.

    Click to access BtlrPerfActs.pdf


  2. Alicia Sciore says:

    at any rate… that is my fascination with her.



    1. Laura M. says:

      last semester i wrote a paper on the part public relations plays in making someone famous for being famous. i’m bringing this up because one part of the paper researched why people care about people who are famous for being famous(FFBF). research suggested that a large portion of the general public is curious by nature aka wants to know everything about everything. it would then make sense to suggest that one of the keys to FFBF’s relative fame is that they allow the general public to know even the most gruesome details of their lives. it’s like watching your favorite drama, but it’s really happening.

      i am mentioning all of this because true (by that i mean actually talented and useful) stars also invite the world into their lives to at least some degree. the celebrity you mentioned, lady gaga, is such an outlandish personality that the general public wants to know what that crazy lady (i say that with love) is going to do next.

      this is my theory!


  3. Amber says:

    For some reason it seems our culture has this “car wreck” obsession…just as they drive down the high way and see a car reck they slow down and HAVE TO see what is going on, regardless that people could be hurt possibly even dead they are facinated, it seems they can’t seem to stop wanting to see celebrities screw up. Not sure if it makes us feel better to see someone rich and famous fall from a pedestal…I will never understand WHY anyone cares about Jon & Kate plus eight…

    As a PR major I find Lady Gaga very facinating…she is very vocally talented and writes all her music which sets the bar much higher than Britney Spears like performers/so called musicians…

    She puts on this facade with out landish costumes, hair styles and rediculous accessories…during interviews she wears sunglasses…she is Lady Gaga not Stefani Germanotta. She separates who she is as a performer and her real identity and I find that interesting, she doesn’t allow too much personal information out and keeps her private self contained which makes her more interesting because of all the famous people that just give us way too much a la Lindsay Lohan and the like.

    People think she’s crazy or just striving for attention but I really do think everything she does has a purpose and that she’s a very intelligent women. She knows exactly what she is doing and knows what people want with out giving too much of her self in the process…she’s an amazing market strategist in my book.


  4. I think lady gaga is one of the most talented musician/artist of her generation today. I am not a big fan of her, I still love listening to some of her songs although I really find her weird, and her name speaks for it, we must admit, she captures the people not only with her music but with her odd style, but I also admire her for that act because she doesn’t care what others tell about her.

    On The contrary, I have to agree, if you are a big celebrity, you must not let your fans down. The show must go on as they have said, well not unless you are seriously ill.


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