gaga, ooh la la.

During my adventures in the city last night, I was surrounded by “Little Monsters” (otherwise known as Lady Gaga fanatics) who had just finished up at her Born This Way Ball as a part of her 2012. The amount of blonde-haired bows, theatrical makeup, costumes and “Gaga” merchandise floating around the streets, was unbelievable. Thankfully, there were no replicas of her meat costume from the VMAs.

It occurred to me whilst I was observing a set of girls in Gaga wear, walking through Crown Casino, that Lady Gaga is more than an artist or well-followed performer; she is a religious belief and a moral support for millions across the globe. By this, I mean, she gives passion to those who enjoy it, need it, or crave it.

Let me elaborate.

The day previous to my city dwellings, I was watching the news reporter drown himself in squeals from the crowd galavanting outside Rod Laver Arena. Not one of those fans were dressed in casual, everyday wear. Their outfits varied from Gaga’s signatures to her most outrageous. One particular teenager told the camera about his love for Lady Gaga, because of her gay pride support. Another stated she is the definition of “different”. People observe, follow and replicate the representations she puts forth in her performances.

Later that day, I was reading an article in The Herald Sun from a columnist who stated that Lady Gaga is nothing more than an attention seeker. Correct me if I am wrong, but most artists that enter the industry are hoping for some sort of attention, that’s where money comes from. I don’t think record deals and money-making schemes are handed out to those who have only themselves as their biggest fans.

Many performers fail in the industry because they don’t stand out against the overwhelming amount of  run-of-the-mill “norms” that flood the wannabe-radar in today’s age. What I mean is there are too many of the same artists shimmying, pelvic-thrusting, grinding and pouting across my television these days. Of course, some would prefer that, but I’m more of a “one-in-million” sort of consumer in the industry. I’d much rather be a spectator to an artist, such as Gaga, who is different and outrageous, than another Ke$ha claiming I’ll wake up tomorrow feeling like P Diddy.

What I admire most in Lady Gaga is her ability to use her past (whether as a form of attention seeking, or not) as her motive to be “different” and an “outcast”, despite her grief from it in her schooling. She uses her individualism and uniqueness to be set apart from the social norm of femininity, and thus, people use it for or against her. That being said, it gives her Little Monsters something to die for: creative costume parties and passion. It also gives her haters feed off: a copious amount of reasons to ridicule her.

Perhaps sometimes Lady Gaga can turn up the heat a little too far, and prance around in outfits that may be a little too controversial (Meat or Sperm, anyone?), but if she didn’t, would she even be talked about?

In one way or another, every performer is an attention seeker, whether for the good, the bad or for the general fame. With attention comes money, comes fame and comes fortune. If you dislike an attention-seeking artist, such as Lady Gaga, then why give her any attention at all? From everything I have learnt, any publicity is good publicity.

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