10 Reasons Lady Gaga is Extra Lovable

Live in Ottawa, 2011

1) Ra-ra-ra ah-ah-ah, roma-ah-ah-ah, Gaga oolala… Dang those songs are catchy. I just wanna dance!

2) She’s been playing the piano since forever and came up playing gigs. You know, like a real musician that hasn’t been plucked from obscurity, groomed by record execs, then unleashed on the world ready-made? And the Lady does not lip sync, yo.

3) Gaga is hyper aware of the celebrity machine. She plays the game, but she makes the rules; the media has no choice but to play along.

4) While she does conform to the expectation that female pop stars dress naked, she always troubles that image by employing discordant elements and manipulating the body in interesting ways: Why yes I’ll wear a thong… but my boobs will shoot fire! Sure, I’m blond and I wear lots of eyeliner… but I also have geometric face prosthetics!

5) She has an apparently genuine desire to nurture creativity in herself and in her team, the Haus of Gaga.

6) Gaga communicates a message of acceptance and inclusion to her young fans (her little monsters!).

7) Especially recently, she has been talking openly about her struggles with eating disorders. She hasn’t let the media shame her regarding her recent slight weight gain; instead, she has published photos of herself and started an online body revolution campaign in which fans post photos of their own “flawed” bodies.

The grand finale: Born This Way

8) Lady Gaga named herself after a Queen song!

9) She designed a black perfume that sprays on clear.

10) The most exciting thing about Gaga is her potential. Who knows where she’ll take things next? One thing is certain, like Madonna before her, Gaga has changed pop stardom. And unlike the Madonna of the 80s, she demonstrates a level of political consciousness in what she does. And her influence is very apparent, already. While the likes of Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj have adopted some Gaga-isms but employ them in a very cartoonish manner, others, like Rihanna, seem more genuinely interested in pushing the boundaries of their own pop star image. To someone like me who had Riot Grrrls as a teenager, this type of media/image manipulation may not seem super revolutionary. But I actually think that Gaga is what is needed now in this hyper-sexualized hyper-mediatized environment. Go go Gaga go!

Do you love Lady Gaga as much as I do?

Comments

  1. right on! \m/

  2. I like her, but I think she’s nuts—in a good way , I guess. I think there is only one or two songs that I’m not too crazy about, but the rest are hoppin’.

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