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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jemi said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 11:56 am
I am not a teenager but I totally think that Lady Gaga is the most horrible role model out there today. She needs to put some clothes on, get up off the floor, learn to sing and start thinking about all the young ones that are watching her. What message is she sending to those kids ?How sleezy, think of only yourself folks, dress up like a freak  to get attention. How about being your true self not some phony piece of meat. Most of all the woman or whatever she is CAN'T SING!!!!!!. Loved yo... (more »)
Haley141516 replied...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 2:35 am
Well not to be rude or anything, but who are you to say if someone can't sing! In my honest opinion i think she can sing, i really don't like gaga to much but seriously dont be rude. Also it's not her fault if children watch it, it's the parents fault they should be watching their children. And i bet you wouldnt have the guts to say all they rude and hurtful words in your post to Gaga herself, now would you i didnt think so. Well GOOD-DAY MISS!
jemi replied...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm
I sure would say them to her if I had the opportunity. I really think she is very sad.
FreedomIsMyVirtue replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 1:49 am
Lady Gaga can sing. Go watch her live. She can sing and she sings better with her piano. She is just being true to her and doing what is fun for her. She is an entertainer, not a Barbie doll so don't expect her to be oh-so goody-goody. And if people are intelligent, they will know this. And if children are intelligent, they will choose who they will imitate. It's not Gaga's fault if they imitate her or not.
Bnanaman312 replied...
Sept. 15, 2011 at 10:37 am
Lady Gaga is a really good singer and that's what I think. She may be a little weird but I still think she is a good singer and a pretty cool person
soldout said...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm
OK, seriously. The Public. reply if u totally agree with this article. These days the fame and fortune are getting into the heads of celebs and turning them into aliens just to be accepted. But its nobody's benefit. And our social beliefs are getting screwed up. Someone tell me they get it!
blacksteve replied...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Face it the mindless sheep of this country will buy anything, believe anything as long as it's marketed on MTV. Why do u think so many people like jersey shore?
soldout replied...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

lol ;)

I don't know, to be honest. I guess jersey shore is fame-fueled too and these days fame-fuelers grab more peoples attention then the "Unpopular" talented ones

Blah_blah_blah said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm
I hate it when people post negative comments on a perfectly well written article like this.  If you don't like the writers opinion then why did you read it.  The title very CLEARLY sys "I Don't Like Lady Gaga" ...also   I must include that I've seen enough rude comments on youtube   this is NOT youtube  it is Teenink  so I think we should carry ourselves as dignified and talented writers  NOT negative individuals.  E... (more »)
freeflow23 said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm
FYI to all the people who commented before me, I don't think the author of this cares whether you like Lady Gaga or not. She just wants to know if she's a good writer. (And for the record she is.)
CSHCSH This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 4:22 am
I definetely agree.
Bookworm1998 replied...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm
i agree with u 100% i definately liked the last line of her article -great finish
HannSawyer15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm
Couldn't agree with you more!
savetheplanet said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm
You have a good point, and I don't agree with everything she does.  But I do have to point out that most artists have some issues.  Maybe the best art comes from people who aren't entirely normal and can see the world differently than you do.  So I can agree with you up to a point, half her songs are innappropriate and she's outlandish.  But she uses her body as part of her art and I can respect that.  And to be honest about her innappropriate songs, they're not near as ... (more »)
Lola_Black replied...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm
I agree with you completely. Lady Gaga's extreme costumes are just part of the art! And as long as she is encouraging us all to love ourselves, she is definately a role model in my book.
savetheplanet replied...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm
:D Yah love yourselves people!
RoweenaKanj said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm
I completely agree! Great writing. :D
sweetdollsarah said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 10:59 am
Sure Lady Gaga is out there, but if you think about it isn't she teaching us all that we are all a little out there in our own quricky ways and that yes like me, you can be a total fashion obsessed girl who loves heels and dresses and stays up on the trends, but I can still be my crazy quirky self. And thats what Lady Gaga is all about. You can be someone who no one thinks will ever change you can be someone who is so out there that it seems impossible to reach you, but in true fact we are all j... (more »)
savetheplanet replied...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Completely true sweetdollsarah, I mean come on who goes out of the house looking like they just crawled out of bed?  Maybe you don't wear makeup are anything like that but you still brush your hair and try to wear something nice don't you?  Don't get me wrong, sometimes I think that Lady Gaga goes overboard.  I mean, a meat dress? That's just gross and a waste of food.  But for the most part I think she does ridiculous outfits and crazy things to show that she can embrace the... (more »)
cretalakaira This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm
I completely agree with you. Thank you for not hating on Gaga like so many other people have. She teaches us to be ourselves like she has. 
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