GaGa over Lady GaGa

May 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Prattle

Gaga performing Glitter and Grease, courtesy nellyfus, flickr

Lady GaGa

I noticed an abundance of messages the other day decrying Lady GaGa. Apparently one of her videos has ruffled feathers. Now, there’s a call to protect our children and for revolution!

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS!!! PLEASE WATCH THE CURRENT LADY GA-GA VIDEO THEN LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN CHANGING AMERICA….FOR THE PROTECTION OF YOUR CHILDREN!!!! LEARN TO SAY NO….TAKE YOUR POWER BACK…..YOUR CHILDREN NEED TO RECEIVE THAT POWER IN GUIDING THEIR LIVES . POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS DEATH….START A REVOLUTION!!!!

Seriously? We need to protect our children from Lady GaGa? There may have been a compelling argument to protect our children from Michael Jackson (or at least those spending the night at Neverland), but the idea that we need to protect our young from the popular musicians of the day is some pretty worn out rhetoric. Besides, it’s too late. Elvis (indecent freak!) effed everybody up, as predicted by those who opposed him a few generations back. And before him, it was someone else – perhaps one of those godless commie swingers, like Benny Goodman. After him it was – oh let’s see, AC/DC, Metallica, Madonna…the list goes on and on (and on). Didn’t I leave out the entire 60s? The long-haired hippie freak bastard Beatles, Stones and well, you get the point.

Proven fact, it’s too late. Artistic expression kills – not war, not greed. It’s pesky things like the Bill of Rights and toe-tapping that destroys life as we know it. Those damned artists! How can we raise brainwashed automatons who do our bidding with all that dancing going on?

What really struck me about this call to arms was the vagueness. My request for a link to view the video in question was squelched by the head revolutionary’s refusal to provide such a disgrace. Gosh – I guess I should just assume that it’s not even fit for MY consumption. Why it’s so bad, parents shouldn’t be allowed to see it. OMG!

Shucks, I can’t even tell you the nature of the controversy. All I know is that unless we protect our children from Lady Gaga, the world as we know it will come to an end, which seems to have failed to happen this Saturday (the Rapture was scheduled for May 21st? Something like that.) Apparently Gabriel’s watch is broken. Good thing GaGa is the anti-christ! Wait – did we want the rapture or not want the rapture?

Anyway – I can tell you this: Suggesting that the youth of our planet need protection from Lady GaGa is offensive to me. I don’t even care that much for Lady GaGa and I’m offended. At best this call for arms is moronic fuddy-duddery. At worst – it’s fascism. Lady GaGa is just being Lady GaGa. If her ditties didn’t move people in some way, and her videos didn’t inspire or intrigue, no one would know who she was. It’s her artistic expression that makes her palatable, and valuable.

That said, I took a closer look, and after doing so concluded that the young lady in question is just that, a young lady. She may glam things up to Nth degree, but she also writes her own lyrics, donates to causes she believes in, and advocates on the behalf of others. The more I look, the more I see that I like.

Lady GaGa

The repression of expression is far more dangerous than the expression of ideas.

I even watched a video and read some lyrics in an attempt to learn what had these folks frothing. There was the expected attempt at shock and awe imagery, as well as some lyrics suggesting we accept ourselves and others for who we are. That has people’s PIAB? No – it can’t possibly be that.

You folks who try to repress your children’s interests, restrict their ideas, and even go so far as to support the removal of the arts from the curriculum would best heed this tidbit: you really can’t control what kids think, because they spend most of their time feeling, not thinking. Without creative outlets, children (and adults) explode. They go postal.

Music, dance, painting, drawing, writing, rapping, acting, sculpture, all of those things are necessary outlets (we can safely draw the line at tagging your Beamer – provided the kids have access to an art class). The repression of expression is far more dangerous than the expression of ideas.

If you feel an urge to protect your children from the latest pop star of the day, you may just want to have a good long look in the mirror. Or much better yet, put on a tune that you like, and tap, hum, sing, or dance along. And leave the rest of us (including your kids) to choose the tunes that move us (and them).

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