Tuesday Top Ten… reasons I would never hang up on Lady Gaga.
Say what you want about Lady Gaga – and many, many people have – but there’s something intoxicating about her. I remember the first time I heard of her, when she performed Just Dance at the NewNowNext Awards, way back when in 2008. I was hooked – I played and replayed that performance as loud as my speakers would allow, and I’m pretty sure I drove all my flatmates crazy. Oh Lady Gaga. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
1. She is the gayest thing on two legs.
Want proof? Watch one of her videos. Each one looks like a mini Pride parade or float. There are gay cops, mardi gras beads and trans dancers. It’s amazing.
2. Her shoes.
Listen, it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with shoes, to the point that my dad once described it as a fetish (there’s a word I never wanted to hear him say). To wit:
…and that’s just what she wore in Bad Romance.
3. She’s bisexual.
And not just in that lame Katy Perry way. Actually, properly B, as opposed to the way many aspiring fame-mongers clamour for the gay vote or bi-curious appeal. It’s more important than many people realise for celebrities to come out – these are role models for so many of us. And she wrote a song about it. Poker Face is an awesome song, and it gives me a bigger thrill than you know to hear people singing it and unknowingly proclaiming their own sexual fluidity.
4. She didn’t give a shit when people were clamouring about whether she was a woman, a man, trans, a hermaphrodite or anything else.
5. She doesn’t wear fur.
How many self-proclaimed mad fashionistas do that AND make a crazy-awesome statement about it? No, I’m not talking about naked Peta ads (I have a major problem with Peta’s modus operandi). I’m talking about that genius Kermit outfit.
6. She has LGBT people in, like, every video she’s ever made.
From the dancers in the Bad Romance video to the awesome butch from the Telephone video, Lady Gaga’s spreading the gay like it’s in the water.
Take a big sip, world.
7. She writes her own music.
How rare is that in today’s musical world? When so much of today’s music is performed but not created by the artists who make it famous, Lady Gaga is like a beacon, a breath of fresh air. And she writes for so many other people too. God help me, I love a talented, ambitious lady.
8. Bad Romance was on Glee!
…which maybe doesn’t count so much because there have been a trillion other songs on Glee. But listen – the costumes. are. amazing. I want my mom to make me a Gaga get-up.
9. She marches for gay rights
Apathy is a silent choker, so it’s heartening to see someone maintain a commitment to engaging in and for gay rights. It’s all well and good to say you’re supportive of equal rights for LGBT people, but it’s another thing entirely to actually do something.
Can you hear that?
10. She’s a feminist.
It pisses me off to no end to hear people say ridiculous things like ‘I’m not a feminist’ or ‘feminism annoys me’. So you can imagine how happy it makes me to know that Gaga’s a feminist. And what a one! Unashamedly in-your-face, Lady Gaga’s spoken up repeatedly about issues affecting women, from the double standards of the music industry to the ridiculous moral codes that are applied to what a woman can (or should) do. She’s a great role model. And even better? She’s not afraid to use the F word to describe herself. Fuck yeah.