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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boston418 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm
RIGHT ON!  I'm passing this on.  SO well said!
PurpleFeather replied...
Oct. 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm
OMW, me too! Me and my mom have been saying this for the past year and it is such a relief to hear that we are not the only people with the ability to THINK FOR THEMSELVES left on this palnet!
TiwiniS said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 9:05 pm
I love your article and I give it 5 stars!!!!! You are a very thoughful person!!! Keep going in that direction!
Mother of two said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Girl, are you really only 16?!? You are amazing!!    Your thoughts were clear, and you are absolutely right! Kudos to you :-)
MaskedCellist This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm
this was outstanding, I totally agree, although I still think the tune is catchy, I've always had a hard time liking the songs because of why they were made and what the lyrics contain.
Catherine!! :] said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I totally agree with this article! :]

It's a good point you brought up in your article, that life isn't all about looks and materials. There's more to life than just those.

Well done!!

Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm
the support for your argument is wonderful! i couldnt agree more! How are we supposed to make it in this world? according to her it would be "put on a meat dress..."
ClauClau said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Jen920, you couldn't be more right about the things you're saying, and that's why I think making a statement in her favour is in order. I think in the beginning, When she released Poker face and all the other songs in that album, she was true to her purpose. As she liked the attention, she continued to mutate, resulting in "Telephone". I think at that point, she was already bewitched by her own purpose, becomming a fanatic to an unaccepted fact: "There will always be people that will judge yo... (more »)

NiaraStorm said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Wow! This is awesome.

And I agree with you 100% on this, because there truly is more to life than looks and none of us should look to people who only value looks.

AvengedJasonFold said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Ooh hating on a popstar... bold...

welcome to the world of a metalhead.

ngl00 said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

PS... I agree with medina d.

you should be a crtic someday and i thought it was bold that you could go aginst the peer pressure nd express your feelings. :-)


ngl00 said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

im glad somebody finally realized what she is saying in her songs!! Everyone likes her , but dont really realize the message she is trying to put out there...

Anyways, i thought your review was awesome...   :-)

clumsy_one123 said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

oh my gosh THANK YOU. i thought i was the only 16 year old girl who hated lady gaga.


and to those who say shes a great inspiration and example to other girls... inspiration to do what? sing songs with dirty lyrics and wear slutty clothes? i dont think thats the kind of "inspiration" girls need.

scoot413 said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm
I get what you're trying to tell us and i understand how u feel! But, i think what gaga's trying to do is to give off inspiration to other girls. It can go either way! great story!
Hrrr replied...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm
scoot413 replied...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm
no to be creative and let them be themselves.
thelastharpy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm
This made me smile so much! I'm glad someone finally gets it. <3
jen920 said...
Oct. 6, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I did not expect this article to get this much attention! I've read all your comments, and I very much appreciate all your feedback.

To be honest, I wrote this in haste. It's not the most well-researched or well-written article out there. Heck, I'm not even sure if I'm swayed by the writing in this piece.

But I stand by my intended purpose, which was this: I think for all her show and glitz, there isn't much substance. My concern isn't with what kind of clot... (more »)

z0mbie said...
Oct. 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm
I agree with you completely. This piece says it all...
MadisonReneeJane said...
Oct. 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm
Well, if you don't think fashion is an art form or a way of expressing yourself I could see where you're coming from. But what I don't understand is how you can say something like, "...telling us it's okay. Okay to be different, okay to be loved, the whole package." What I got from this was that you don't like how Lady Gaga had to change herself to be famous. But she obviously likes the change, because if she didn't she wouldn't be as elabroate and colorful as she is because she already has the ... (more »)
BumbleBee82 said...
Oct. 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm
ur mean i like lady gaga jk lol i dont like her
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