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YMMV: Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, being the person she is, is open to a lot of debate, among fans and others.

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Subversive intellectual champion of gay/women's rights, manipulative artist taking advantage of those fandoms, or gullible corporate shill churning out generic unoriginal pop tunes? As often happens, the truth seems to lie somewhere in the middle.
    • Talented piano-rocker who got dropped by her label and rose from the ashes as one of the most interesting entertainers in the last couple of decades, or a disillusioned girl who's spun into a spiral of self loathing investing all of her money into performances and pushing herself dangerously past her limits on stage as a product of feeling unworthy of her success because she feels she "sold out"?
    • Is she a talented singer who created her quirky personality and fashion sense to rise above the pool of unsigned talented musicians? Or is she just a generic singer/songwriter who created the quirky personality as a desperate grab for attention? Depending on how much the person making the analysis likes her and her music, she falls somewhere between all three.
    • Is she entertaining because she's an empowering example of women's rights? Or because she's an incredibly scary Humanoid Abomination?
    • How much does she really care about universal equality, this ranges from "She's just using the outcasts (gays, misfits, anybody outside the norm) and putting them on" to "She is genuinely out to better the world, but thoroughly misunderstood in the way she chooses to do it."
    • Is her calling freaks freaks, misfits misfits and calling her gay fans "effeminate queens" considered pandering to that audience? Is that a good thing or a bad thing, is she alienating those she's trying to help fit in, or isolating them so she can use them for their money (For better or worst). Related to her character because either she's an evil genius manipulator or someone just trying to help the world be a better place...
  • Anvilicious/Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Born This Way." Is it possible to be less subtle?
    • Part of why it's so effective is that it's someone so audacious as Lady Gaga is telling the people listening "Hey, it's okay for you to Be Yourself. If people hate you for it, don't let it get to you. You're beautiful." and whatnot. On the other hand, Fred Rogers spread that same message for four decades and never once wore a meat dress.
    • "Bad Kids" also qualifies: "You're still good to me if you're a bad kid, baby."
    • Hell, the opening rant, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH THIS HORSESHIT!!" Could be counted as a brilliant Take That at the sort of people who use the Think of the Children! "arguments"...especially given her fandom.
    • The video for "G.U.Y." is a painfully obvious and almost barely symbolic Take That at people she felt betrayed her in the music industry.
  • Award Snub:
  • Awesome Music:
    • Quite a few examples.
    • "Poker Face" has become one of the top dance songs of the past decade, and possibly one of the biggest since the 1980s. Then "Bad Romance" came out and topped that. "Born This Way" has already no. 1 on the Billboard 100.
    • "The Edge of Glory" is pretty damn awesome, too.
    • Three fan favorites from "Born This Way": "Marry The Night", "Americano", and "Bloody Mary". The last one is the current subject of a campaign by fans for it to be Gaga's next single.
    • Also for fan favorites, "Scheiße" and "Heavy Metal Lover" were the top two songs suggested by her favorite fan site to be her next single (after "The Edge Of Glory").
    • Every track that showcases her piano-playing talents, like "Speechless" and "Again Again".
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The operatic opening to "Government Hooker" has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the song. It shows off her range, though.
    • Bloody Mary also has a classical opening
  • Broken Base:
    • Not extreme yet but it's getting there. It started with "Telephone" and extended to "Alejandro". Recently some fans have been saying that she is no fun anymore.
    • Since the release of the "Born This Way" single, fans seem to have been locked in an endless debate as to whether is was really as groundbreaking as Gaga promised or just a rehash of Madonna's "Express Yourself", with a subtle bit of the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me."
    • The cover for the Born This Way album. Which Gaga blamed on Nick Knight and the Haus of Gaga.
    • Fans of The Fame vs. fans of Born This Way. Fans of the former will say that Gaga is no fun anymore, while fans of the latter will dismiss The Fame as vapid and fake when compared to Born This Way.
    • "Applause" is either a fun comeback or a lame, underwhelming leftover from The Fame. Artpop has regained many of her The Fame/Monster fanbase.

  • Crosses the Line Twice: Most of what she does, except for "Telephone" which crossed it twice then looped around and crossed it twice again...repeatedly
    Butch Prison Guard 1: I told you she didn't have a dick.
    Butch Prison Guard 2: Too bad.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Most of her songs, especially those released as singles and thus subjected to more airplay.
    • Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah, ruhma-ruh-ma-ma~
    • Let's have some fun, this beat is sick, I wanna take a ride on your disco stick...
    • I'll follow you until you love me, Papa - paparazzi . . .
    • Ale-ale-jandro, ale-ale-jandro...
    • Juu-DAS! Juu-da-AH-AH!
    • HOOOOO-ooooooo-kaaaah (Yeah you're my hooker.)
    • I'm gonna marry the night... I won't give up on my life...
    • I could be your girl/Girl, girl, girl, girl, girl/But would you love me/If I ruled the world, world, world?
    • I'll dance, dance, dance/With my hands, hands, hands/Above my head, head, head/Like Jesus said.
    • Never stop again and again/Again/Again/Again again/Never stop oh
    • "Boys, boys, boys!"
  • Ensemble Darksong:
    • The Fame Monster gave us "Dance in the Dark", which was so universally loved by her fans, she actually posted on Facebook questioning whether she ought to make "Alejandro" a single or not. "Bad Kids" a la Born this Way is also getting the treatment on YouTube.
    • "Yoü And I", to the point of becoming a single!
    • "Bloody Mary", hands down. So many people on YouTube have campaigned for it to be the Lady's next single, it's insane.
      • As a testament to this sentiment, a fan made a nigh-professional fan video for Bloody Mary. Watch here
  • Epic Riff: Poker Face, Paper Gangsta, Teeth, and Bad Romance.
  • Fan Hater: Some of the Hype Aversion experienced by Gaga at certain point partially came down to this as Little Monsters don't really have the best reputation on the internet.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Lady Gaga fans versus Taylor Swift fans. Any thread discussing the former will bring up the latter as a point of debate, and vice versa. Gaga fans scoff at Taylor Swift's Tastes Like Diabetes love songs and "antifeminist undertones", while Taylor Swift fans dislike Gaga's hypersexual/controversial image and prefer their pop to be sweet. For the record, Gaga has said that she loves Taylor Swift, and Swift said the same, so the whole thing is pathetic. It's just the fans, not the personalities.
    • Also, there seems to be a rivalry between the Little Monsters and the fans of every other diva. Fans of Christina Aguilera and Madonna are particularly aggressive in their hatred. Gaga fans are nasty and elitist to these woman too. And yet again, Lady Gaga likes and respects the women (well, just respects Madonna), making the whole rivalry pointless.
    • Also, between Plague Rats of Emilie Autumn and Gaga's Little Monsters.
    • For actual friction between personalities, Katy Perry seems to have a distaste for her.
  • Faux Symbolism: Sometimes there are so many visuals in her day to day life, her music videos, her shows, her outfits, some of them seem meaningless or don't make sense or directly conflict with the idea she says they are for, see Don't Ask Don't Tell Clueless Aesop in the Music tab.
  • Fetish Retardant: Invoked. Though some have noted that she has the oddest habit of wearing makeup that makes her look like a man in drag, Lady Gaga has confirmed that she does indeed that she does this on purpose for whatever reason this may be.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Internet Backdraft: Lady Gaga's hatedom is just as passionate as Little Monsters. A few of her actions has also had some backlash:
    • Gaga has been accused repeatedly of cultural appropriation, most recently with her song "Aura", which has drawn criticism for sexualising the burqa. The fact that Gaga has worn several glitzy "burqas" and initially referred to the offending track as "Burqa" really doesn't help.
    • During Pride Month 2014 she made a poorly-worded tweet that seemingly referred to herself as a straight person who supported gay rights. Basically, this led to detractors claiming that she has lied about being bisexual for a good 5 or 6 years and piggybacked fame from the gay community.
  • Les Yay: With her makeup artist Tara Savelo. There are pictures of them kissing on the lips and laying in bed together.
    • "Sexxx Dreams" seems to be about a female friend who she had a sexual dream about. She mentions her boyfriend being out of town so maybe they could experiment?
    • She also REALLY wanted to Kiss Britney Spears on stage once...
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: She feels that ARTPOP is her best work yet, but many Little Monsters think she reached her apex in Born This Way. Some fans, and most not so ardent/fence sitting fans prefer her The Fame Monster work the most.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Mondegreen: "One second I'm a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me" (Koons being the artist Jeff Koons) from "Applause" is commonly heard as "One second I'm a kunst, then suddenly the kunst is me". Fridge Brilliance and Bilingual Bonus kicks in when one realises "kunst" is German, Dutch and Estonian for "art".
  • Narm Charm:
    • And we don't want it any other way.
    ''I want your love
    LAAV LAAV LAAV"
    • In the Bad Romance video, towards the end, we get a shot of her draped in a polar bear rug, pulling an epic pose with fire in the background. It's hilarious, jarring and it's one of the best moments in the entire video.
    • So much of "Telephone", but especially the dialogue.
      Beyoncé: You've been a very bad girl. A very, very bad, bad girl, Gaga.
    • Another "Telephone" example:
      LET'S MAKE A SANDWICH
    • The Gagacycle on the cover of Born This Way is arguably this.
    • Speaking of Born This Way, "Hair" qualifies. It's about comparing her desire for individuality with her hair. it works!
    • "Work it, Black Jesus."
    • Gaga's ham-tastic speech at the beginning of "Bad Kids."
    • "Dirty pony I, can't wait to hose you down."
    • I could be your girl/Girl, girl, girl, girl, girl/But would you love me/If I ruled the world, world, world?
    • I'll dance, dance, dance/With my hands, hands, hands/Above my head, head, head/Like Jesus said.
    • We could say a lot of her lyrics fall into this.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The Meat Dress. Years after she wore it, people still bring it up when chastising her outlandish dress.
    • Her SXSW performance of "Swine", in which guest performance artist Millie Brown chugged a bottle of neon-green-colored milk, then purged her throat and puked it all over Gaga.
    • The perceived flop of the ARTPOP era. The lead single "Applause" didn't see as much success as smash hits "Roar" and "Wrecking Ball" note . ARTPOP got rather low American debut sales for an album that was heavily promoted note  and anticipated, while Prism and Bangerz did much better. BEYONCÉ's massive success despite literally no prior promotion made before its release made ARTPOP look worse in comparison. Naturally, Gaga's haters are thriving in their opportunity to call her a flop note .
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The video for "Bad Romance".
    • The parts of the video where you notice her eyes have been unsettlingly enlarged by CGI.
    • "Paparazzi".
    • There's a reason they call it the Monster Ball.
    • The part in the "Telephone" video where her head moves... oddly. You'll know the scene when you see it.
      • Also from Telephone, the mass poisoning.
    • The whole "Alejandro" video.
    • The official cover art for Born This Way. Apparently she's a half-motorcycle, half-human hybrid hailing from the Uncanny Valley
    • From the Born This Way album: "Government Hooker" and "Bloody Mary" are a touch unsettling. The latter mainly because of the warped effects on her voice, not to mention the random screams.
    • The cover for "Bad Romance" is just incredibly creepy looking.
    • For a non-Monster could even her metal yells in her live shows and calling her own fans motherfuckers and that she'll kick their asses and they better get their guns out are very scary if you're not part of her Monster pack.
    • Three words: Judas Goldfrapp Remix.
    • Lady Gaga's head on a goose's body in the "Applause" music video.
    • Her video for "Do What U Want" was going to be this, featuring scenes of Gaga as a hospital patient being drugged by a doctor played by R.Kelly (who tells her she will "wake up pregnant" while fondling her), and featuring artwork by Terry Richardson, who has been accused multiple times of exploiting and raping his female models.
    • "Bloody Mary", especially the screams.
  • Periphery Demographic: She's actually very popular with middle aged women and mothers, probably because of her heavy Madonna influence.
  • Retroactive Recognition: She had a blink-and-you'll-miss-it background role in The Sopranos as one of AJ's friends in the scene where they destroyed the swimming pool.
  • Signature Song: "Poker Face", "Bad Romance", and "Just Dance" are probably the main contenders.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Many of her outfits. The infamous meat dress comes to mind.
  • Squick: The meat dress.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Jo Colderone, her image in You & I clip both bring out these feelings.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Born this Way" is very similar to Madonna's "Express Yourself" both in terms of sound and theme. Madonna herself decided to take a shot at this by singing the chorus of Gaga's song during her's. Gaga Lampshaded it in a Saturday Night Live sketch where she performed an alleged Cover Version of "Express Yourself" that was actually "Born This Way". Also, there's a subtle bit of the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" in there too.
  • Supposedly Rebellious Series: Tries to pass herself off artsy and original, but she's really just doing the same things pop musicians have been doing for years, just to a slight extreme.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Similarities have been found between songs of hers and songs from years past, and this is used by many of her haters as a justification for hating her.
  • True Art Is Angsty: "Brown Eyes" and "Speechless."...and her various piano based pre-Gaga demo's.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
    • She's offended quite a few people and organizations. While many are strict conservative groups, a surprising amount of race and gay right activists don't appreciate her having appointed herself their spokesperson (words taken from a magazine article). While her methods are...somewhat unorthodox, she did play a part in getting the U.S military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy reversed, but public opinion of her has been (and more than likely will be) divided for some time.
    • Her influence on DADT is open to interpretation, some think she just jumped on the band wagon, some think she caused it to change, some think it was just going to happen and she just helped it happen faster.
  • Uncanny Valley: Wears incredibly thick makeup, unusual hair, and ridiculously high shoes.
    • Try not to cringe at the horror that is Goose-Gaga in the "Applause" music video.
  • Win Back the Crowd: "Aura", a considerably more fun and less serious track, drew back many folks who had dismissed Gaga after "Born This Way" took a turn into the preachy and serious. "Artpop" also regained many fans who ditched her due to Born This Way.
    • Some of her recent costumes have been less flashy and more "normal", likely as a way to avoid alienating her more casual fans.

Music videos:

Telephone

Alejandro

Born This Way

Judas

  • Faux Symbolism: The number of Biblical/Christian allegories in the music video (and the song itself) is astounding, see Theme Naming in the Music tab.
  • Misaimed Hatedom: This song got a whole lot of flak from evangelical Christians... Even though Gaga clearly states in-song that "Jesus is my virtue" and "Judas" is used as a metaphor for the kind of people that good people should avoid.

Marry the Night


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