I don't like Lady Gaga.

April 2, 2010
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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WriterMolly said...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm
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!!!
DancingInTheRain1011 replied...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm
i agree so much
TheBellusSociety said...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm
I agree with the writer, wholeheartedly. She is just trying to be noticed.
. said...
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.
CeAirra said...
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 app... (more »)
iluvrockandroll2 replied...
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
runner1 said...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 9:00 am
Please...Madonna has already done everything Lady Gaga is claiming to "create". She's a remake, nothing more.
chloe_garrett said...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 8:45 am
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.
ConstanceContraire replied...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 10:29 am
who are you to tell others what to write and not write about? this whole magazine was for teenagers to get there opinions out into the world!
codyabenbow This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 1:05 am
Well she wrote Just Dance when she was drunk and half her other songs......
mebuggy1 said...
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
Zebra$tripes said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm
I respect ur opinion but i feel the writer is not looking at the lyrics and background in the correct way. She comes from a place where her parents limited the way she dressed and she couldn't express herself. The outfits make her different so she can't be compared to others. She isn't telling us we're loved. She wants us to remember. If you can understand, she isn't the normal pop star. She is an empowering figure who brings an edge to the table. Tell me why other artists are appealing to you?
pandavalanche said...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm
I beg to differ with your opinion. I'm not one of those crazy Lady Gaga fans, but I admire her music and her style. I have a lot of respect for her. My reason why is because she has created a reputation that says, "I'm going to be who I want to be, and do what I want to do, heedless of the fact that you all might think I'm weird or crazy." And because she has become so famous, and has so many who adore her, it's actually quite inspiring, and I'm sure people out there feel that it's okay to be wh... (more »)
vazenitran98 said...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm
You're not hating. You're showing your true inner emotions and opinions in a very positive way. Quite amazing how someone can put the two together.
Hacker said...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Don't flame people. If you want to then go to a flame site.
RumMonkey said...
Jan. 3, 2012 at 4:34 am
I agree. If Lady Gaga were to dress in conventional blouses and actual pants she would not be as recognized as she is now.
Hacker replied...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Dude she doesn't dress like that cuz baby she was born that way
Caroline S. replied...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm
okay if there was a like button i would seriously love to hit that up right now. hahaha whoever you are youre amazing! and to the chick who wrote this article i can agree with that honestly if you listen to some of her new stuff its very religiously based and not for everyone and her costumes can get a tad innappropiate
Hacker replied...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Thanks! After i posted that I got an account :P
chloe_garrett replied...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 8:47 am
Omg I love the born this way comment hacker put. lol amazing. and rum monkey, I AGREE! :D
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