The real character in Lady Gaga’s songs-A A +A
Sunday, June 10, 2012
IS SHE the real character in her songs and videos or just a picture that depicts the sinful life we have today? Is she a monster? Among her contemporaries, what makes her different? Even her fashion is striking and unusual.
We admit Lady Gaga is one of the most bankable singers of her generation. Her influence can’t be questioned; most of her songs hit the charts, young and old alike sing and memorize clearly the words of her songs.
Lady Gaga’s concert tour in Asia became controversial; some religious sectors and Christian youth groups tried to boycott or stop her show for the main reason that her official videos like “Bad Romance,” “Judas,” “I was born this way” and “Marry the night” were considered obscene, and was criticized to portray immoral acts, and that she was seemingly an abomination and most of her videos were offensive and against religious views and practices.
Some Christian believers stated her song Judas apparently mock Jesus Christ.
According to AMP, the following lines of her song “I Was Born This Way:” “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian or transgendered life, I'm on the right track, baby" unintelligible by garbling the lyric was promoting gay character and may be considered as attacking when viewed against Malaysia's social and religious observances since the issue of being gay, lesbian or bisexual is still considered as a taboo by ordinary Malaysians.
The sanctions against broadcasters that flout the rules include fines of up to £10,000. South Korean conformists said her lyrics and costumes were too provocative. Malaysia’s Conservative culture urges to fight the censorship of her songs and videos, and even Indonesia denied Lady Gaga’s concert permit.
But are these issues on her factual? Who is lady Gaga? She has been influenced by Madonna, David Bowie, Judy Garland, Grace Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Freddie Mercury, Björk, Liza Minnelli, Yoko Ono, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.
Her full name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She is both a singer and songwriter. She grew up in New York and studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private Catholic school in New York City with classmates included Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton.
She continued to attend classes in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before venturing into music. She joined with the Manhattan’s Lower East Side and in 2007 she entered a contract with Streamline records.
Akon, a recording artist, noticed Lady Gaga’s talents in singing encourage her to sign in Kon Live Distribution. The release of her album “The Fame” in 2008 beat the charts globally including international number one singles Just Dance" and "Poker Face, and then followed by the 2009” Fame Monster and the phenomenal “BadRomance,” “Telephone” and “Alejandro.”
All her albums success lead to so called 18-mont-long Monster Ball tour considered to be the highest grossing concert tour for all time. In 2011 the controversial songs such as “Born this way,” “Judas” and the “Edge of Glory “topped the charts, including her latest album “Marry The Night.” She is one of the top moneymakers, one of the bestselling music artists of all time selling worth 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide. Lady Gaga is also recognized for her charity work.
Lady Gaga has no record of criminal acts; she was even recognized for her charity works and her position of supporting and respecting gay rights. Are we to judge her wrongly? She is a creative artist and a great talent, it’s just that her songs symbolize the substantial characters and a strong, deeper interpretations.
As I watched her videos, I realized these songs depict situations like Sodom and Gomorrah, the fire scenes in her videos may represent humanity today as sinkhole of, vice, pride, violence, confusion and crime, the whirl of excitement, gambling and reveling characters stimulates passion to sin and what becomes of us, from these images and portrayals we have to realize and accept that we are sinners and we can change as God has given us our conscience to know what is right and wrong.
I’m not a Lady Gaga fan but I believe that only God has the right to condemn and judge. Convicting a person to be wicked just by her songs is painstakingly insensitive.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 11, 2012.