Okay. I’m going to show my geezerhood status and just come out with it. GaGa. I don’t get it. I even watched a 60 Minute or Prime Time – whatever – special on her because I really wanted to know what ‘statement’ she was trying to make. I walked away shaking my head and still befuddled.
Yes – the woman can sing – honestly, she’s amazing. And yes, she writes great music – most of it’s great, anyway. But seriously, is all the ridiculous make-up, hair, outlandish comments and costuming necessary?
Again – I KNOW she considers that her art, in its totality, are essential to the message she wants to deliver, but somewhere in all the circus pageantry, the egg carriages, and the meat dresses, isn’t her message getting lost amid gaping stares and softly uttered ohmygod’s? Come to think of it – what is her message? Am I just too old to get it? Do you have to be of the ‘Proactive’ acne generation to understand? Or is there a secret handshake and so far I’ve been banned from the club?
Tonight, GaGa was the pro mentor on American Idol. (This year has been fantastic, BTW ) While she was kind and helpful, the ‘fit’ between GaGa and the country crooner, Scotty McCreery was hysterical. For example, here’s an excerpt from YaHoo news:
Gaga helped guide Scotty’s performance, telling him to do less of the side microphone slant he’s often taken on stage, and instead, to sing straight into the device.
“You gotta make love to your microphone,” Gaga told the country teen. “Pretend you’re taking a big bit out of a hotdog … or better yet, pretend it’s your girlfriend and the mic is her mouth and she’s really gonna be –bleeped – if you don’t stick your tongue down her throat.”
“I just felt like I needed to kiss my cross [and say], ‘Lord, this is not my doing,'” Scotty said in a clip after spending time with Gaga.
His performance of the song did heed some of the superstar’s advice, but Scotty too left his mark on the singer.
“You made Gaga’s yaya go la-la,” Steven Tyler commented.
Okay. So, we’ve established she’s different. Different is good… but how far is too far when you want the world to take you seriously? Clearly, she’s brilliant but does that make her extreme flamboyance eccentric or just plain goofy? Can anyone help me out here? What is she looking for? Freedom of expression? Freedom to make a spectacle? Freedom to ride ‘crazy’ all the way to the bank? Does anyone know? What is she trying to say with all of her wacky GaGaness?