People see her clad in either very little or way too much with head gear that was designed to shock and awe. She walks into the room with the confidence of a model, accented by the occasional dance movements that look more like spasms than choreography. This is a day in the life of Lady Gaga. If that made her sound like some alien she-beast from the future, one would be wondering how she has acquired millions of fans around the globe that love and adore her. This paper will demystify why people love Lady Gaga for everything that she is.
First and foremost, Lady Gaga is a singer and a songwriter. Her musical and performance style is yet to be equaled. She takes inspirations from Madonna, Britney Spears, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Queen. Don’t mistake her for just any pop singer: she is the blatant, in-your-face personification of all these artists mixed in with copious amounts of blood, booze, and possibly drugs. Her persona (or rather, personas, since there are simply too many to distinguish) is chock-full of meanings and symbolisms on so many different levels, some of which are more obvious than others.
She is all about showing and telling in everything she does. Theatricality is her life. When people watch her perform, they don’t just get a song, they get the whole show. Lady Gaga describes her Monster Ball Tour as an electro-pop opera. “The basic philosophy of the show is theatrical,” she said to MTV, “And that’s what opera is — it’s an ostentatious, over-the-top interpretation of a story. ” She also says “… it’s also done in what now is becoming my aesthetic, which is, you know, it’s part pop, part performance art, part fashion installation—so all of those things are present… . The main inspirations of Lady Gaga behind her show were film musicals like The Wizard of Oz (1939) and West Side Story (1961), science-fiction film Metropolis (1927), and the television mini-series Angels in America (2003).
The Monster Ball Tour was a huge success, with Gaga starring in what appears to be some sort of narrative. One could compare it to a musical, where she sings when the time is right, complete with costume changes and showy use of props. The article (from mtv. om)details just how grand her concert is: flashing lights, Gaga scaling scaffolding while performing one of her songs, sudden changes of scene to transition to the next number, a flaming piano, and lots of blood oozing out of chests or pouring out of fountains. The production level of her concert could rival that of Broadway. Cyndi Lauper, a Grammy Award–winning pop singer, described Lady Gaga saying, “She isn’t a pop act, she is a performance artist. She herself is the art. She is the sculpture. ” With personas so many that if considered as one person each, would populate the whole of America.
She is the living embodiment of the phrase “be whoever you want to be”. Each costume, each wig, each strange egg-like vessel she uses is just another extension of a person inside her that she wants to become. “Without my wigs, I can only be one person when I want to be so many” said Lady Gaga on Good Morning America show. Her song Born This Way reveals this message exactly, telling the outcasts of society – being the minorities in the youth – to be happy with themselves as they are. These are her fans, lovingly called “Little Monsters” to her “Mother Monster”.
It’s a much kinder, more belonging title, as against the numerous harsh words and stereotypes attached to them by other people. Gaga’s mission has always been to empower and inspire them – her fans – this is why she and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF). The foundation takes its name from the singer’s 2011 hit single and album. Lady Gaga stated in an interview, “Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment. The foundation includes a number of partners and its original funding included $1. 2 million from Lady Gaga. In case it wasn’t obvious from the previous paragraph, Lady Gaga is also an advocate of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders) rights worldwide. During the early parts of her career, she struggled to get the radio stations to play her songs. She had to convince program directors during several dinners to air her songs. Luckily, she had a fanbase already at that time which was the gay community. She said. “I’ve got so many gay fans and they’re so loyal to me and they really lifted me up.
They’ll always stand by me and I’ll always stand by them. It’s not an easy thing to create a fanbase. ” In 2009, she was invited to both the Human Rights Campaign dinner and the National Equality March at Washington. The pop star marched from her hotel to the West Lawn, shrugging off security concerns, along with the thousands of people in the rally. Once there, she then made a speech directed to the Obama administration, quite literally screaming out that the LGBT community wants to be heard, and they would not stop pushing until the administration gives what it promised.
Of course, there were doubts about the singer’s sincerity. To this she replied, before disappearing from the rally, “I will never turn my back on my friends. Today is not a one-off performance. ” HRC President Joe Solmonese said she was an obvious invite: “She pushes boundaries and brings people along”. With this, her crown as the reigning pop culture icon of the gay community was finally bestowed. Some critics accuse Lady Gaga of being a member of the occult, with “evidences” peppered through her lyrics, her fashion, and her videos.
An article on vigilantcitizen. com, for example, analyzes her video for Bad Romance, saying that it is rife with imagery pertaining how Gaga supposedly became a member of the demonic side of the music industry (reportedly run by Illuminati). Bad Romance is an anthem for being in love with your best friend, but she has also stated that both the song and music video show the dark side of the music industry. Her fondness for confusing her critics as well as imbibing everything with symbolism often lead to reactions like this.
She is a living parody of people’s expectations of her. Her attitude is simply “Oh, so I’m (blank) to you? Fine, you’ll get (blank)”. It prevents people from putting her into their expectations and molds. In 2009, when she was first thought to be a hermaphrodite, she was often called a drag queen. With this, she responded by changing her look to a more over- the- top, more dramatic, caricature of the drag queen she was accused of being. She received a lot of flak over her excessive use of auto-tune. She relies too heavily on synthesizers and vocal effects, which smooth out all her rough edges until she sounds like a Eurodance version of Madonna (“Schei?e”), Sister Sledge (“Born This Way”) or early Whitney Houston (“Fashion of His Love”). She actually uses it as part of the art. It also helps extend her persona. All in all, Lady Gaga is a person wrapped in enigma, paradoxes, and glittery spandex. She is more than your average pop star: she is a mother, a fighter, a dreamer, and a peacemaker. She stays true to herself while being all the versions of Gaga she wants to be.