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Lady Gaga, Please Don’t Call Me ‘Monster’

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Lady Gaga - Born This WayWhen I was growing up I thought ‘monster’ was my name. I don’t know how long it will take me to get over the effects of these unfortunate quasi-nomination games by my unfortunate parents, but the fact remains: I don’t really want anyone calling me monster ever again, even if it is the self-proclaimed messiah, the omnipresent and omnipotent Lady Gaga, who is so eager to protect the Other. I haven’t asked her to delegate for me, the freak, and the outsider. But hold on. I didn’t get to the best part yet. I am also ‘little’.

So Lady Gaga has upset her gay fans? Really? Finally, I mean? I thought I was the slow one but hey, it takes perspective, and wisdom, to see what you have in front of you. And in the case of Lady Gaga, there is nothing but cold-blooded calculation, which is heartbreaking. She was such a visionary in those days of ‘Poker Face’ yore.

The trouble is, you see, the people you are ‘speaking’ for may start resenting you someday. After all, they have a voice of their own. I, for that matter, don’t need anyone to tell me what I should be labeled just because my sexuality is what it is (I won’t tell, keep guessing). And, frankly speaking, uplifting words about how everyone is beautiful coming from a person strategically and systematically covering up her face, sounds not only false and laughable but insulting. Not everyone is beautiful, period.

But the difference between Gaga and the other Others is that they can’t cover their faces up with paint, a Phillip Tracey hat or a smoking swarm of cigarette butts. They have to deal with that reflection in the mirror every day, because ‘little monsters’ or not, going to the office in an eggshell is a no-no, and Gaga isn’t helping anyone in any way by screaming that she was ‘born this way’ because she wasn’t. She was born some other way. The rest was manufactured.

Everything that Lady Gaga is saying lately is not just calculated, cold and manipulative; it’s boring. She takes herself so seriously, that everything about her routine, from sleeping in her clothes to waking up to do yoga is so serious it should be put into some sort of scientific manual, or framed upon a wall; the air coming from her mouth should be frozen for preservation.

It’s hard to understand what this woman thinks she is. She is clearly a talented singer and composer. But what else?

Lady Gaga teaches her fans their main religion is pop culture and their main goal in life is to be true to who they are. The me-me-me philosophy works fine with the creative bunch, the rags to riches, the from nothing to something, and the nice industrious types, so to say. How about the folks whose aspirations aren’t all that pretty? Should they also embrace who they are, even what they really strive for is, to say, hurt a child? Do they also get up to do five-minute affirmations about how wonderful they are? Where does this rhetoric stop exactly? Does Lady Gaga provide any small print in that lifestyle manual of hers for the unbelievers like me, who tend to doubt and question rather than proclaim and affirm?

When Lady Gaga wakes up in the morning, before doing the hard-hard yoga, she tells herself how wonderful she is. When I wake up in the morning I tell God how wonderful he/she/it is and how thankful I am for everything I have. And that, I guess, is the biggest difference between us. Who exactly is the monster here is neither for me, nor for her, to decide.

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  • Jonathon

    Wow for someone to not understand a positive message that some people need to hear at times then I feel as if its someone else with the insecurity problems for something like a word or a message to insult someone that is a positive message

  • Jay

    Wow, this article was really depressing! I think I’ll go listen to Gaga’s new music, and forget I ever read this nonsense! Have a nice life! 🙂

  • Jessica

    Funny, because my sexuality deviates from the “norm” and I embrace her as the voice for my generation. Her music is not only fun to dance to, but I find it to be very liberating. We haven’t seen an artist this big in years and I doubt she will be leaving the spotlight anytime soon. In addition, you misconstrued the term “little monsters”. She calls ALL of her fans her “little monsters”- straight, old, young, disabled, overweight, transgendered, black, Hispanic, and so on. You are taking this much too seriously, so I highly suggest you stay away from writing about Lady Gaga because clearly you do not understand for what and whom she stands.

  • Aaron

    Are you that sad? Lady Gaga has given everybody the confidence to be whoever we want to be. Your such a loser. She is my inspiration and by the way, if you really didnt give a damn about her, you wouldnt have written this BS article. Paws UP Monsters!

  • G

    The fact of the matter is, like her or not, rarely has a mainstream artist tried so hard to give a voice to such an under-represented minority. Even if it is all a cold, calculated sales tactic, she is onstage every night donating thousands of dollars to at risk youths, screaming at the top of her lungs to embrace your inner “monster”, and making people feel like they are NOT alone, that there is a hope and that it is ok to be different. While other manufactured pop stars may make the occasional reference to their LGBT fans, GaGa has and continues to include them as equally if not more so than any others. And, like with any artist, she is only your voice if you want her to be. If you don’t agree with the positive message of Born This Way, than don’t listen to her. She is an outlet only if you chose her to be. I just think its amazing that she is at least providing one.

  • gaga

    this article is crap