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I don't like Lady Gaga.

April 2, 2010
By betterhappyending BRONZE, San Ysidro, California
betterhappyending BRONZE, San Ysidro, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin." - Leonard Cohen


Blasphemy alert. I’m a sixteen year old American girl and I don’t like Lady Gaga. And no, it’s not because I don’t like her music, her costumes, or her performances. I just don’t like being manipulated.

Actually, I lied. It’s partly her music, costumes, and performances. But not so much because they’re hideous or outrageous or tiresome. But looking back at those pictures of her as a “normal” girl and seeing what and who she is now, it’s almost insulting. The fact that this girl had to change into something almost non-human to finally get noticed is unsettling, at best. She’s instead this cold, faceless force. No one noticed her when she was trying to “make it”. But then the fame machine (monster, she calls it?) seemed to eat her up and spit out an entirely new person, repackaged and revamped to “shock” us all.

And in the end, it really isn’t even that shocking. It’s almost a little pathetic (and you’ll see what I mean by insulting) when it seems that the state of the nation’s youth has degenerated so much that we need a woman in a mask and sparkling breasts to tell us that we’re all okay. Okay to be different, okay to be loved, the whole package. Because then we really aren’t, are we?

She's been quoted as saying, “I would rather die than have my fans not see me in a pair of high heels. I'd never give up my wigs and hats for anything.” I'm afraid that this mentality about possessions and image, to her millions of female fans, is dangerous. She speaks almost as if these material things are as vital to life as water is. This is the same woman who says that “I'm always saying something about art and music and fame. That's why you don't ever catch me in sweatpants.” She claims that her style and her persona is for art, and yet, it begs the question if she ever does anything for herself. She makes herself a martyr for the love of her fans. And if she is as passionate as she says she is about new frontiers in art, why are the vast majority of her lyrics about sex and money?



I'm not asking her to be anything different, not exactly. Give me a David Bowie reincarnate, an rebel in the music industry. But give me a little more complexity, a little more beauty, a little more thought than just what's on the outside. Give me another facet than just the freaky hair and makeup and clothing, because if that’s all there is, her opinion about simply being yourself is lost somewhere in the jumble of cosmetics and oversized sunglasses. But most of all, give me a break.



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on Feb. 7 2012 at 9:01 pm
DancingInTheRain1011 BRONZE, Talent, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
whoever said happyness comes with sunshine has never danced in the rain.

i agree so much

SeasonalFog said...
on Feb. 6 2012 at 12:18 am
SeasonalFog, Irvine, California
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Favorite Quote:
Omne ignotum pro magnifico.

This is a good article. I love the third paragraph. I would expand on the opening "I don't like being manipulated". You seemed to drop that point through the rest of the essay. Otherwise, I liked this.

Maybe not said...
on Feb. 5 2012 at 9:00 pm
The way Lady Gaga is. That's her being herself

Blondi1254 said...
on Feb. 5 2012 at 4:53 pm
Someone has a problem ^^

on Feb. 4 2012 at 6:08 pm
Ashley.Noel SILVER, Lugoff, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"You can't always wait for opportunity to knock; sometimes you have to knock the door off its hinges and pumble opportunity in the streets."
~ Lisa Landry, "Sister, Sister"

I agree with the author. Lady Gaga's "fashion" just comes to show kids and teens that being themselves isn't good enough. They have to change who they are and be outrageously different to maybe get someone to notice you

Blondi1254 said...
on Feb. 2 2012 at 11:55 pm
I disagree with this article. Lady Gaga is a message to all teenagers who feel "different" that it's okay to be that way. Lady Gaga may be crazy, creative, attention grabbing, and down right bizarre. But isnt there a bit of that in everyone?!

on Feb. 2 2012 at 10:51 pm
WriterMolly BRONZE, Walworth, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"If you can't put up with the worst of me, you don't deserve the best of me"

I disagree wholeheartedly with both the writer and anyone who agrees with them. Clearly, the writer has not learned anything about Gaga's background at all, for there is a clear explanation for her creative drive and lyrical meaning. All her outfits have stories behind them, as do her songs, and I think the writer is insulting the true message Gagas trying to pass. Do your research and you might understand!!!

on Feb. 2 2012 at 9:09 pm
thnk u very much for getting your point across, but i agree with you, CeAirra, lady gaga is a role model for those who are different, and because of that, she creates a beautiful perspective of this world amen

on Feb. 2 2012 at 9:08 pm
TheBellusSociety PLATINUM, North Olmsted, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." -Gilbert K. Chesterton

I agree with the writer, wholeheartedly. She is just trying to be noticed.

. said...
on Feb. 2 2012 at 7:02 pm
I disagree with your comment. There is a big difference between creative and crazy and she seems to have crossed the border into crazy. She is a bad influence on girls.

KatsK DIAMOND said...
on Feb. 2 2012 at 6:04 pm
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

Right-- like how Picasso changed the art industry and practically invented cubism and whatnot.

on Feb. 2 2012 at 4:34 pm
Lady Gaga may not be my favourite pop star, but she is a role model for both LGBTQ and straight people alike. That takes SKILLS!

CeAirra said...
on Feb. 2 2012 at 9:37 am
I have to disagree with the writer. I think lady gaga has spunk. It's her drive and willingness to be what she wants to be regardless of the stuff that gets said about her that I love. She creates both shock and excitement with her music and wardrobe. I personally love anyone who does what they want and doesn't let society pressure them. Like Adele with her weight. Screw that the society she lives in is practically skin and bones. She is what she wants to be. Big bold and beautiful. The same applies for lady gaga's music and wardrobe.:)

runner1 said...
on Feb. 2 2012 at 9:00 am
runner1, Mapleville, Rhode Island
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Please...Madonna has already done everything Lady Gaga is claiming to "create". She's a remake, nothing more.

on Feb. 2 2012 at 8:53 am
chloena_garrett GOLD, Colorado City, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

ITS METAPHORIC! GOSHHHHH.

on Feb. 2 2012 at 8:52 am
chloena_garrett GOLD, Colorado City, Texas
19 articles 13 photos 180 comments

Favorite Quote:
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Actually no. If youve ever seen a lady gaga interveiw, she just got more comfortable with the music scene and everyone looking at her and realized she can be herself without anyone judging her (maybe she didnt think about unthoughtful people like some of you up there) and she also states that she even dressed like that with fun outfits and hair and makeup when she was a little girl. AND there are pics of it. Lady gaga is just finally comfortable with herself and doesnt care anymore. Do people tell you who to be?

on Feb. 2 2012 at 8:47 am
chloena_garrett GOLD, Colorado City, Texas
19 articles 13 photos 180 comments

Favorite Quote:
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Omg I love the born this way comment hacker put. lol amazing. and rum monkey, I AGREE! :D

on Feb. 2 2012 at 8:45 am
chloena_garrett GOLD, Colorado City, Texas
19 articles 13 photos 180 comments

Favorite Quote:
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

I completely disagree. Lady gaga is a very creatve person and an inspiration to just... be yourself no matter what anyone else thinks of you. Her "crazy tiresome (blah blah blah whatever else you said) outfits" are her way of expressing herself and you need to either respect that or not write a reveiw on something that a lot of people will disagree with you completely about. Lady gaga stands for something great. IDC what you think.

on Feb. 2 2012 at 1:05 am
codyabenbow PLATINUM, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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Well she wrote Just Dance when she was drunk and half her other songs......

mebuggy1 said...
on Jan. 31 2012 at 1:46 pm
Really she was born this way. I understand this is your opinion,but have you took the time to sit their and listen to her muisic and wonder why she wrote the song


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