Not gonna lie…this is funny…
Not gonna lie…this is funny…
Lady Gaga is an icon. This cannot be denied. She has an incredible following. This too, cannot be disputed. And while many other larger-than-life entertainers have fan followings that are more dedicated to them than many of them are to themselves, I rarely, if ever, have seen the breed of fans that Gaga can claim. The video above is just one of many vows of allegiance to the Mother Monster.
What’s so interesting about it is that it seems to have no other purpose than to praise and/or worship Gaga and ultimately express some level of loyalty. While many fan videos for songs are composed of colored screens with lyrics scrolling across them, or some mishmash of publicity photos poorly chopped together, this video, well, I’ll say it took me a minute to realize it wasn’t Gaga.
Clearly, some time and effort was put into it. From the set to the choreography, and even the editing of the footage was impressive to say the least. It may not be the best video I’ve ever seen, but it’s light years beyond some of the videos I’ve witnessed from “up and coming” rappers who I’m sure had bigger budgets.
That all being said, enjoy the work of Lizalo Galama and the other Dutch men and women that helped her make this video.
It is one thing for the masses of society to blindly follow celebrities and their day-to-day doings. Some people follow media moguls and corporate faces. Others take to entertainers and athletes. There is even a substantial population that will idolize anyone broadcasted on their television (side eye to the Kardashians and the 4 different programs that have been developed around them).
It is an absolutely ludicrous thing for managers of large-scale media and business to become enamored by their own BS. Specifically, I refer to the recent trend of hiring celebrity figures to not only lend their image to a certain brand or product line, but making a seat at the table for them and allowing them to impact business decisions.
When Polaroid hired Lady Gaga as a Creative Director, I was a bit taken aback. She wasn’t a spokesperson, a guest to the office, or even a performer at a corporate event. She was being brought on as a Creative Director? Interesting play. Then Intel contracted will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas as their Director of Creative Innovation and I was utterly floored. Yes, I will say that when it comes to will.i.am and his alleged musical talent I do believe it all lies in a computer and without one he would be lost. But, by no means should that be considered a basis of hiring someone into such a position in a multi-billion dollar company.
The whole situation already seemed like a widespread, blatant disregard for diligence and talent, then I hear that Lady Gaga is to begin as a columnist for V Magazine. Now, I am downright livid. Is this the new way to remain relevant as a company? Bring in those whom are already well-recognized, talented in your field or not, to have their way with your brand.
On the one hand, great ideas can come from anywhere so lending thoughts here and there to a company is frankly a great way to move business forward in the long run. On the other hand, when it comes to a craft, everyone does not possess the same talent; in this case, everyone is not a writer. Beyond her capabilities as an editorial writer, Gaga has somewhat sullied even her songwriting skills as displayed in her most recent hit “Born This Way.” Although the message of the piece is clear [as she chants it with the ham-fisted subtlety of a Tyler Perry movie], few can honestly call it a great lyrical masterpiece.
Events and thinking like this almost justify the wave of youth desiring to be famous above all else. Even those who want an actual job/career are reinforced in thinking that they need fame in order to get a decent position with a company. I am just waiting for the next reality show casting. It’s my first step toward running a car company.
My thoughts. Yours?
It seems that before his death, Alexander McQueen was on a mission to revolutionize high-fashion footwear. From the lobster shoes used in the Fall 2011 Paris show and featured in Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video, to these heel-less pieces featured, designer footwear is subject to McQueen’s point of view whether it wants to be or not. Not being a woman, I am unsure of the level of comfort these shoes offer in comparison to the typical 6-8in heel, but they do offer a level of visual intrigue that few other shoes, or shoemakers, have come up with in recent history.
Winners during last night’s 53rd annual Grammy Awards were a subject of hot debate this morning, and even throughout the ceremony in social media channels. There have been questions raised about the merit versus popularity of winners, the quality and artistry of on-stage performers, and any number of other aspects of the show.
Although everyone seemed to be expecting something epic from Lady Gaga, or even a rumored performance from Britney Spears, the artist performances overall were a bit underwhelming. There were notable moments here and there including the Aretha Franklin tribute that opened the show and the Cee-Lo/Gwenyth Paltrow duet, but the true standout performance of the night was from Rock Album of the Year winners, Muse. With a full anarchical theme that expanded to the ceiling of the venue to the far rows, the British band stole the show.
In her short time on the main stage of popular culture Lady Gaga has amassed a following that some could only dream of across a lifetime career. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m one of them because I recognize the talent behind the larger-than-life persona. That in mind, I’m a little underwhelmed by the hyped new single “Born This Way.” The song has a great message and it shows an even more overt than before support of her LGBTQIA fans, but the basic musical elements of the song are rather lacking. At least with her more computerized songs from “The Fame Monster” (So Happy I Could Die, Dance In The Dark, etc.) the electronic elements could be stripped away and there would still be a piano there playing the melody for the song. Here, it sounds like the late 80s when we first learned how to incorporate computerized instruments into records and they simply took over.
At this point, I’ll just sit back and see how the public reception of the song will be, especially after her Grammy performance tonight.