I don't like Lady Gaga.

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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gogreen1 said...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Love it. Great job.
-DreamForever- said...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm
I'm all for being different and unique, but Lady Gaga seems more fake than unique.  I like this article because it's true. I don't like her trying to be all sexy and what not.  I wish artists would just be themselves and not try to get attention through anything other than their music. 
JoPepper said...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm
I like Lady Gaga but after I read this I can sort of see your point.  I like her music but some of the lyrics are suggestive and somehow I still like her but I'm not obsessed.  If I've never knew about Lady Gaga and I read this I probably wouldn't like her though.  You are very persuasive in your writing.  Good job!!!!! :))
Jamu123 said...
May 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm
She's Brilliant she could'nt be herself and was teased for not being normal not everybody thinks the same as these normal cliches everybody has and shes trying to tell people that its ok to be different or think different or even look different and she has an AMAZING voice
JoPepper replied...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm
I agree I love her singing!!!! It's awesome!!!!!
lopez_ said...
May 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm
HC12 said...
May 18, 2011 at 3:33 am

The thing about Lady Gaga is everyone calls her 'shocking' or 'unique' but everything she's been doing has been done before. Wearing an 'interesting' outfit and reproducing the same boring, repititive pop music that has been made time and time again is not being original. And what exactly is her great message? She's telling people they can 'be different' or 'be themselves' or something I suppose? By spending, no doubt thousands of dollars on ridiculous costumes how is she being herself or bei... (more »)

FallonC. said...
May 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Though I haven't exactly made an attempt to keep informed of the celebrity world, what you wrote was definitely thought-provoking. I really enjoyed your writing style.
fyreflies said...
May 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm
We do need another David Bowie. I'm tired of these people who think they're so different, but are they really? This is why I won't allow myself, an avid musician, to go into music outside of school, because people out there want you to be things that you aren't. So, thanks, society? :P
Free- said...
May 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm
I don't like nor dislike LAdy Gaga's songs and costumes. I find her an anomoly also. She's very different, but I kind of like how different she is. I hope she can stay unique and encourage others to be unique. But sometimes it also seems like a front, and that she's going to collapse under all the stress. Only time will tell.
DaliaB said...
May 14, 2011 at 11:10 am
Some people look at Lady Gaga's "crazy" clothes, hair, and makeup and her "poppy" music.  If you look past that, and really consider her music/music videos, you can really see she's making an artistic statement.  Ex. the "Telephone" music video is a social commentary on American consumerism, "Judas" is a creative mix of biblical characters and the modern world, etc.  Plus, Gaga CAN sing.  You can't argue against that.
Mariam.J said...
May 14, 2011 at 5:34 am

Really good article. She isn't one of my favourite artists, though her music is quite entertainiment.

Singing songs which are against a certain religion is unacceptable . Judas? Seriously ?

It's kinda weird. She says you gotta be fine with who you are , but why'd she change to get noticed? She definitely wasn't 'born this way' . o.O

Hypocritical , I must say .

Really good article , once again (:

sarah4president said...
May 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm
totally agree!
starlight26 said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm
Thank you for this!!!!! Yeah, she may have had some decent songs but what you just said is what ive been trying to say for soo long! I AGREE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! :))))
hungergames_love said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm
I think you bring up some great points here. I am one of the people who thinks her costumes and antics are outrageously irritating. You want to really shock us? Dress normally.
AnotherJesusFreak said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm
I totally agree! I used to like her music at first and then she becaue this... well, you stated perfectly what she became and what she is. I think its horrible that our youth looks up to people like her.

And her new song "Judas", don't even get me started on that.
browneyedcat said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm
You know, I used to absolutely adore her. But after she released 'telephone' 'bad romance' and 'born this way' I started to see that she really is struggling to maintain her status. The songs sound the same, her performances are getting more ridiculous and her messages all mean the same thing. I completely stopped listening after her rip-off of a song called 'born this way' which was really just a remake of maddonas song. I completely agree with and am glad someone took a stand and said somethin... (more »)
LuvFearlessly13 said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm
I completely agree and you put that wonderfully. It is insulting and offensive, especially to women. She makes us looks like freaks. Like we'll give into whatever a guy wants. I think you all kniw what I'm talking about. And You can be famous WITHOUT the use of blasphemy. Honestly. It's AWFUL! And I can't stand how people are obsessed with her.
alexisaltman This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm
I love this. I don't like her either.
Britty(: said...
Apr. 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm
Maybe she wants to be different? Why do people have to be normal to be popular? Thats what the problem is. I love crazy. Its awesome. Like im sure your mom has told you since you were little , "If everyone was the same , life would be boring" Let her dress, act, and behave how she wants. Its her life, You have the right to not like her BUT you don't have the right to judge her.
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