, Mother Monster herself, the pop culture icon whose ratio of Hatedom vs. Fandom is perhaps rivaled only by that of The Biebs
. It's about time someone shared an honest opinion.
This troper identifies primarily with hipsters. I, very well aware of my glaring pretentiousness, immerse myself in the musical classics, indie, soundtracks, prog, and alt rock. On the other hand, there is never anything wrong with a little bit of pop to mix things up a bit, and Lady Gaga is an excellent candidate.
Gaga's critics like to claim that she is an attention whore, a tool of the music industry, a "man"
, and a rip-off of other artists such as Madonna. This is most probably due to the fact that she is a contradiction of the pristine-minded Disney starlet; she is loud, eccentric, and unashamed of her very blatant sexuality. This, to no surprise, has garnered her quite a lot of controversy.
On the other hand, Lady Gaga has very real talent. It's difficult to tell just from listening to her music, which is appropriately over-processed like all respectable pop should be, but listen to any one of her live acoustic performances and you will see. Her sexuality is another thing completely, one that delves into Madonna Whore Complex
territory. However, while on the subject, there is also the issue of the other type of sexuality. People tend to forget that we are in the midst of a revolution and overlook how much Gaga has done for the LGBT community. Not only does she encourage listeners of her music to respect themselves no matter what their sexual identity or race, but she has also lobbied to stop the bullying of gay teenagers.
Lady Gaga's music is, like all pop, easy to like and extremely catchy.
I can't disrespect the woman as an individual, therefore I honestly can't find many faults in her music. Sure, some songs are better than others, and she's no John Lennon, but I believe she is notable in an era of relatively awful pop music.
In conclusion, Lady Gaga is not for everyone. But if, like this former Gaga-hater, you are musically open-minded and willing to give a tired genre another chance, please do so before making another quip about her genitalia. You might be pleasantly surprised.