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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CleverScreenName said...
Oct. 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm
I don't believe this. What is the definition of normal anyways? To some it could just be your girl next door going to school everyday, to others it could be finally feeling great in their own skin, expressing themselves in whatever fashion they desire. I believe that's what Lady GaGa is doing. She may be critcized for going "over the top" or "inhuman" like, but I believe it's just our society's perception of her. I believe that in her own way, this is how she feels normal. I don't think she chan... (more »)
RumMonkey replied...
Jan. 3, 2012 at 4:28 am
^Agreed. Her music isn't anything ground-breaking or extraordinary.
ThatGirlOverthere said...
Oct. 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

 Great great article! Though I disagree with some points, but still.

 You managed to express your opinin with solid arguments; and yet, you also give the reader space; your point of view is mature and not sufocating. Your language is clear and simple without ever being plain. 

 You wrote a wonderful article. Congratulations!

 oh, by the way: doesn't anyone want to comment my articles?  ;)

Naomi518 said...
Oct. 15, 2011 at 10:38 am
this is exactly what I've been thinking! I just have never been able to work it so well!
LovelyNotes said...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm

everyone takes her as this amazing person, so true and real.

but she's just so fake. 

trevorRocks said...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm
well i Love lady GaGa i love her music mostly
Mystiecub said...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm


I don't write articles like this (this is good btw, but I disagree with it) just for the fact that people will instantly jump down someone else's throat for shunning a music artist they are in favor of. It's like this article on Justin Bieber that I came across, I saw a LOT of comments saying how the haters are just jealous, blah blah blah

I suppose I should get to the point.

Lady Gaga is strange, yes, but she is unique. She can sing, she's talented, and actually DO... (more »)

lzcelloplayer said...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

This article was well written and I very much agree with your opinion. I'm not much of a fan of pop music, and I do see now a days that music isn't about music anymore, just about the attention that the media gives to people who do outrageous things. Though that's my opinion, feel free to disagree with me. 

Keep up the good writing! :D

HeavSide Forever said...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 8:17 am
I do agree with all the above comments, anyway you must consider the fact that Lady Gaga is also a human being. If Lady Gaga is your own mum (mother) and I do hope that you will hate those who hate her.....so let ignore the way she acts but consider that she is also a human being sent from god to show her own talent to all us and we must be proud of her because she able to show it rather than hiding. Anyway, the article is sound good......really like it heeee
Waka $inamon:) said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 9:24 am
Don't make fun of her! She was BORN THIS WAY!
songofsongs replied...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm
she wasn't born this way...nobody is! that song was just an excuse she used for all her critics. by saying she was 'born this way' is like telling people it's right and ok to flash your breasts in public and walk around the streets half naked. it's not ok!
Pumpkinscout said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 11:53 am
She is over the top for sure. But so are a lot of other singers, movie stars, famous people. Good fame machine analogy!
Live&&Love said...
Sept. 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm
I couldn't care less about Lady Gaga but I absolutely adore what she stands for and she is a huge inspiration to me!!
Emerald_love said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Well I agree with this article. She is taking things over the top... 
sammyjanee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Regardless of how I feel about Lady Gaga, I think this article was really, really good.  It's easy to see you did research and backed up your points.  It was refreshing to hear someone give a good reason to dislike her besides her being "weird"... I agree with everything you've said.
Liv297 said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm
I disagree with most of this article , but you prove a very good point, and this was really well written :) good work
iW0ntRunThisTime said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Okay, can I just get my opinion on the subject out before I talk about the writing? I can't help myself. So, I really didn't enjoy reading this because of the voice. The "blasphemy alert" thing? Oh, come on, it's no different to any of the other teenagers out there telling themselves they're special, they know something most people don't, they haven't been "brainwashed". And then trying to rationalize why you don't like her, when the real reason is everyone does. If you're implying peo... (more »)

FreedomIsMyVirtue said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 1:45 am
I may not be her number one fan but I love, love, love Lady Gaga. She is simply true to herself and she sings about what she likes to sing. She is just being true and she says it's good to be different, not weird. She wears "weird" outfit because it what she likes. That's all. Thank you.
andromeda13 said...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:22 am
honestly if everyone wrote an article about what celebrity they didn't like and why this website would be very boring for alot of pple. Get over it. Good artcile horible subject
pink pompom said...
Aug. 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm
NOT what i meant.... ah well...:(
Lizette said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm
I agree with what you wrote.  But also, good job on the writing!  It was very persuasive!
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