Lady Gaga, pop star extraordinaire, worldwide phenomenon and professional weirdo, has now outraged both sides of the political aisle by wearing a machine-gun bra on stage at her concert in Vancouver. She wore two plastic assault rifles, one attached to each cup. After the Sandy Hook massacre, her act may finally be seen as offensive.
This was part of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” tour. When Lady Gaga says she was “born this way” and puts on the insulting and ludicrous attachments to her body, one wonders who is the person underneath the outfit.
Is it the person who once said, “All that ever holds somebody back, I think, is fear. For a minute I had fear. [Then] I went into the [dressing] room and shot my fear in the face …”
Or the one who said, “I want women — and men — to feel empowered by a deeper and more psychotic part of themselves. The part they’re always trying desperately to hide. I want that to become something that they cherish.”
Or the oddball who said this: “A girl’s got to use what she’s given and I’m not going to make a guy drool the way a Britney video does. So I take it to extremes. I don’t say I dress sexily on stage – what I do is so extreme. It’s meant to make guys think: ‘I don’t know if this is sexy or just weird.”
It’s not sexy. It may be weird. But above all, Lady Gaga, as Madonna before her, is in the business of shocking people with no thought of whom she may offend.
At what point does the public get fed up with these attention-grabbing actions and reject the purveyors?