Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mirror Mirror Everywhere...

Death on death,

Lady Gaga is a manufactured personality, and a recent one at that. Photos of Stefani Germanotta just a few years ago show a bubbly brunette with a glowing complexion. The Gaga of world fame, however, with her heavy wigs and giant sunglasses (rudely worn during interviews) looks either simperingly doll-like or ghoulish, without a trace of spontaneity. Every public appearance, even absurdly at airports where most celebrities want to pass incognito, has been lavishly scripted in advance with a flamboyant outfit and bizarre hairdo assembled by an invisible company of elves.

Furthermore, despite showing acres of pallid flesh in the fetish-bondage garb of urban prostitution, Gaga isn’t sexy at all – she’s like a gangly marionette or plasticised android. How could a figure so calculated and artificial, so clinical and strangely antiseptic, so stripped of genuine eroticism have become the icon of her generation? Can it be that Gaga represents the exhausted end of the sexual revolution? In Gaga’s manic miming of persona after persona, over-conceptualised and claustrophobic, we may have reached the limit of an era…


The article (all of it at the link) was written by Camille Paglia.

That's ironic enough, but she goes on to contrast today's soulless entertainment to Madonna and Janis Joplin.

The problem, of course, is that if there had been no Madonna and Janis Joplin there would have been no GaGa.

And on another note, Ms. Paglia has also described here the current President and his admirers as well as Beck/Palin and their admirers.

That was addressed here.