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Analyzing Alejandro

I know that we are young and I know that you may love me, but I just can’t be with you like this anymore….

Alejandro.

For those that couldn’t tell,  “Alejandro” is a breakup song. Don’t call my name because we’re over! Whether the break-up is with men named Alejandro, a drug addiction, an eating disorder, your girlfriend, your friend, an obsession with Lady Gaga, whoever or whatever it’s with, the honeymoon is over.

So you were probably expecting tears and heartbreak in the video right? Well obviously not because its Lady Gaga were talking about and she does things her own way (although there was a funeral to honor the death of the relationship). There is no denying that this video channels Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and “Vogue” with the religious and black and white aspects, but she is doing it on purpose. Gaga is saying to all the complainers, “Yeah I am like Madonna, so what? Visionaries are to be appreciated, not compared and disregarded.” Just like how Gaga addressed her hermaphrodite rumors in “Telephone,” she comes head on with those imitator allegations in “Alejandro.” And while I do love Madonna, Gaga has taken it to a whole new level.  Madonna was a cone but Gaga is a machine gun. Literally.

The “Alejandro” video which premiered yesterday carries a heavy meaning and is a different kind of breakup than most would expect. It’s a breakup with conforming to society’s standards.  Here Gaga is building an army. An army of gay men who know how to dance in sync, wear high heels and stockings, and have no problem or fear about that because they are surrounded by peers. Sounds a lot like our military.. oh wait, no, people still have a hard time coping with the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” But these soldiers don’t want to fight a war with explosions, they want a war for rights.

These men are strong and no longer are they going to pretend to be with women (like Gaga) or feel less adequate because of who they truly are. No longer will they be marionettes in this mind control game.  There is certainly a correlation between the soldiers and the Nazi regime, which seems to be alluding to the fact that others are trying to control us and dictate our lives in an unwelcoming way. The “Alejandro” video is saying, “Screw what the government and religion tells you is right. Do your own thing because you are beautiful.”

I’m sure that the Catholic Church and right winged pundits such as FoxNews will soon be calling for a ban of this video because of it’s rampant sexual undertones and the mockery of everything they consider holy. They went crazy over “Telephone” since they have nothing better to do and now they will be further calling for the boycott of everything Gaga because she ruffled their perfectly coiffed evil feathers.

I say, good. Great! Keep doing it Gaga! And for all the haters and naysayers- look inside yourself and find the part of you that you’re afraid to embrace. Then realize just how jealous you are of Gaga and her fans who know how to embrace themselves without fear. “Alejandro” says to break up with your fears and stand on your own. Are you strong enough?

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10 Reasons Why FoxNews Makes Me Vomit and Lady GaGa Makes Me Smile

It’s taken me two days to write this following post. For me, that is an extremely long time. But the content here has truly disturbed me to the point that I could possibly speak about it for days on end. FoxNews has yet again exhibited itself as a sickening right-winged “news” program that makes me furious that it’s still on the air. The documentary OutFoxed needs to be mandatory material in all schools for this reason. What I’m about to address comes from the perspective of an American, a human being, a woman, a student of Journalism, and of course, a Lady GaGa fan.

This snippet of “news” is far more disturbing than the Telephone music video. If you want to spare getting furious, you can read my selection of “best” quotes and commentary on them below, rather than watch this ludicrous discussion from the “Fair & Balanced” fools.

1. “Twisted sexual fantasies”

My question to Sandy Rios from The Culture Campaign is what culture do you represent? Surely not mine, or anyone else’s’ that I know. Of course this video would be too “edgy” for you because your idea of sex is that between a man and a woman that should only happen after they are married. Right? I’m so sure you abided those Biblical rules to the tee! Yet you hypocrites believe it’s acceptable to judge others. Where’s the Christianity in that?

2. “We have to wonder if she has a male member or not”

For someone who has a campaign for “culture” you surely haven’t done your homework. If you did, you would have known that the “penis” reference was in regards to rumors that spread last year that Lady GaGa is a hermaphrodite. It wasn’t placed there to ruff your feathers and disturb you. It was there to address rumors in a comical manner, but then again, you wouldn’t know comedy if it hit you over the head with a frying pan.

3. “They do a mass murder at the end”

It’s fictional. Seriously, get over it. Just like horror and action movies, the murders are fictional art. At least it’s not reality such as the wars were involved in right now. How many innocent citizens are being mass murdered daily because the President you kissed the feet of thought we had a reason to spread democracy.  At least Telephone is fiction and meant to be funny.  The only funny thing to come out of the mouths of people like you is “Palin for Vice President.”

4. “GaGa’s lesbian lovers, it’s disgusting”

Disgusting? I’m sure lesbians all over the world will take offense to that. What’s disgusting is your childish belief that two women being together is disgusting. Nothing is wrong with that. Two women or two men can love each other better than you probably love your husbands or wives. They can be better partners, friends, parents, relatives all because they know how to love and appreciate those who love them. There is nothing disgusting about homosexuals except the hatred you express over it.

5. “I would not allow my children to buy Lady GaGa cds”

Of course you wouldn’t. I’m sure they will be raised only on Church hymns and gospel music, oh wait probably not because you’re racist too. Your children will be sheltered and be taught how to hate and discriminate against others because you think you’re right. In your small minded pea-sized brain, you believe that there is something wrong with Lady GaGa music. The only thing she is “POISONING” the youth with is positive energy; telling her fans through her music and persona that it’s okay to be who you are and to follow your dreams. She’s a better parent to your children than you are.

6. “Titillate to get people’s eyeballs on the screen.”

She doesn’t need or want to get people’s eyes on the screen. You clearly are missing the message behind the person and the music. Maybe if you stopped judging the world you would have more time to embrace ideas other than what Rupert Murdoch is shoving down your throat.

7. “Some guy twittered from MTV.”

The correct term is TWEETED. “Some guy tweeted from MTV”. Get your facts and terminology straight before you open your mouth and remind us how foolish you are.

8. Bringing up sexual predators to make it seem like Telephone is pornographic and will lead to sexual molestations of children

What an unbelievable manipulation and twist of the truth! Last time I checked, pornography including a sexual act being performed. I don’t believe ONE on-screen kiss is porn. Nor is the image of a body that is covered in artistic ways with police tape. So what if she danced in a bra and underwear? Every woman has to wear them, it’s not really shocking at all. And I highly doubt that a sexual predator will have the urge to make an advance on a child after watching the adult Lady GaGa perform. Miley Cyrus, maybe. GaGa, definitely not.

9. Ban “sexual art” at the MoMa and Telephone

Banning something seems to be the mentality of your people. And yes, I will call you YOUR people the way you make those who are different from you seem alien. YOUR people like to ban books, movies, songs, art, anything that you goes against your narrow-minded view of the world in fear that YOUR community will see that you are wrong. You ban to protect your wrong thoughts. You BAN to have some sort of power, but its 2010 and you are looking like fools. YOU and YOUR people should be placed in Antarctica to live your sheltered lives together.

10. “Raped our children of their innocence”

Thank you Ms. Rios for proving your idiocy once and for all. What a horrible choice of words coming from the person who believes words and images can trigger a sexual predator. Ms. Rios, according to your beliefs, some child was just harmed because of your choice of words. How will you sleep at night!

In conclusion, these mindless bigots believe that this is a terrible video, that GaGa is a terrible human being, and that everything she addressed in the video is horrific. Well FoxNews, I want to thank you. I want to thank you for reminding me why I have such an aversion for people like YOU. To me, everything about YOUR kind is terrible. You should be banned for your biased news and desire to corrupt the world with your right winged agenda.

You shouldn’t even have the privilege to know who Lady GaGa is, what her music means, and who her fans are. I hope you know that if half the country was going to explode tomorrow that I would rather die with Lady GaGa than live with you.

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GaGa and Beyonce and Quentin Oh My!

As evident in the banner on my blog, I am a Lady GaGa fan. In fact, I liked her before she was the GaGa that mindless fools bop their heads too and think it sounds cool. As I stated in a previous post, Lady GaGa is an artist that means something. Not everyone will understand, appreciate, or agree with that but in GaGa-esque fashion, I don’t care if they don’t.

Her latest video is another fine example of why Lady GaGa is a true artist that brings so much more to the table than other pop artists. She doesn’t try to be cute by saying she kissed a girl and liked it like Katy Perry. She doesn’t use words for the sake of exploitation to seem trendy. Lady GaGa doesn’t go that route. She is in your face with her own messages and if you don’t like it, well then it’s your loss.

Not since Michael Jackson have we seen such epic music videos that are more like short films. In fact “Telephone” is roughly 3 and a half minutes less than the short film I made last year! A 9 minute music video for a song that’s only 3 minutes and 41 seconds long. And in those 9 minutes you’re taken on a real ride, in a familiar vehicle too.

Before I continue, if you have not watched the video yet, please do so here:

The “Pussy Wagon” seen in the video is the same one used in Kill Bill. Quentin Tarantino told GaGa she “had to use it” once she told him about her video idea. After all, the video does have a Tarantino feel to it. The diner scene reminded me of Pulp Fiction except there wasn’t a robbery, but a mass murder in almost Chuck Palahniuk style.

Add in a scantily clad dancing jailed in GaGa that’s bailed out by a vivacious Beyonce who has her own murderous plans and you have one unforgettable music video. From the quotable lines to the poisoned sandwiches, this video is truly something.

And to think GaGa writes her own songs, writes her own videos, appreciates her fans, and manages to entertain at the same time. When was the last time we saw that in recent pop culture? Oh right… never.

Really… who is The Recording Academy?

Who or what on Earth is the Recording Academy that selects Grammy winners?

That has been something that has baffled me since I was an outraged teenager when Britney Spears or NSYNC didn’t win awards I thought they deserved.

Clearly record sales doesn’t = victory. Or nominations, since Susan Boyle was no where to be found. Clearly having 4 consecutive #1 hit singles off a debut album doesn’t = winning either. So what does and who says so?!

Did Lady GaGa not win Album of the Year because of her personality? Was Taylor Swift a safe choice? Granted, I think Ms. Swift is very talented and deserved the win, but GaGa deserved it more! After all, The Fame was THE album of 2009 that everyone listened to in one way or another.

We all know that the most successful movies aren’t always Oscar worthy. Yet at least we know that Academy is judging the films on their story, essence, cinematography, editing, and acting. But what does the Recording Academy judge on?

Whatever it is, I think they make a major error this year.

R.I.P Brittany Murphy

At the age of 32, Murphy was taken from us too soon. A young talent that could have lightened our lives with comedic and dramatic roles that made you say, “She’s good.”

The saddest thing about Murphy’s unexpected death is that average people think it’s okay to throw around drug rumors and not let the poor girl rest in peace. Regardless of what caused her death, she was a human being and her life was valuable. No one should be saying that a normal 32 year old just doesn’t go into cardiac arrest without the help of a narcotic.

It’s upsetting because no one values the life of another anymore. It seems plausible that a combination of prescriptions could have done this, just like Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson. Clearly Hollywood doctors are giving out prescriptions like it’s oxygen these days,

No matter what occurred in the final moments, Brittany Murphy has NEVER disappointed me in a role, or a song for that matter. Girl Interrupted will always be my favorite movie and Faster Kill Pussycat a song that will always make me dance. And as someone who shares the last name as the actress, I feel like a part of me has gone with her. Maybe we were even related; and if not, Brittany you WILL be missed either way.

R.I.P Brittany Murphy
1977-2009

I Will Be

Leona Lewis is the epitome of amazing. She warms my heart and makes me cry. That’s what good music is all about. Here’s a song I’m currently listening to and thinking about. I know exactly what she means about wanting to be better for someone, and one day I WILL be all that you want. Just give me time. Like Leona, I am worth it. Because we keep bleeding, keep keep bleeding love…

Leona Lewis- I Will Be

There’s nothing I could say to you
Nothing I could ever do to make you see
What you mean to me

All the pain, the tears I cried
Still you never said goodbye and now I know
How far you’d go

I know I let you down
But it’s not like that now
This time I’ll never let you go

I will be, all that you want
And gather myself together
Cause you keep me from falling apart

All my life, I’ll be with you forever
To get you through the day
And make everything okay

I thought that I had everything
I didn’t know what life could bring
But now I see, honestly

You’re the one thing I got right
The only one I let inside
Now I can breathe, cause you’re here with me

And if I let you down
I’ll turn it all around
Cause I would never let you go

I will be, all that you want
And gather myself together
Cause you keep me from falling apart

All my life, I’ll be with you forever
To get you through the day
And make everything okay

Cause without you I can’t breathe
I’m not gonna ever, ever let you leave
You’re all I’ve got, you’re all I want
Yeah

And without you I don’t know what I’d do
I can never, ever live a day without you
Here with me, do you see,
You’re all I need

And I will be, all that you want
And gather myself together
Cause you keep me from falling apart

All my life, I’ll be with you forever
To get you through the day
And make everything okay

I will be, all that you want
And gather myself together
Cause you keep me from falling apart

And all my life, you know I’ll be with you forever
To get you through the day
And make everything okay

I WILL BE….

Just Be

I’ve been thinking about Lady Gaga all day. It all started with a dream I had last night in which she somehow gave me two diseases. I’m sure that Gaga doesn’t have any diseases, yet she’s infected my mind all day. There’s just something about her that is calling out to me and it surpasses her music.

I was a big Gaga fan before she became a mainstream pop obsession. I loved Gaga in small doses at my own time and treasured her music as a personal possession. Now I share her with the world, and she’s not even the same person she was a year ago when I “had” her.

From over the top glammed out couture to Kermit the Frog dates to rumors about being a hermaphrodite, Lady Gaga is just everywhere and on everyone’s minds in one way or another. Some think she’s psychotic and attention hungry while others think she’s a genius. But how I feel about her right now is a bit different. I just feel her.

At the conclusion of a day that was Gaga-ized, I just want to put on a wig, become someone else, and be free. That’s what Lady Gaga really is- the persona of freedom. Free to be anything you want to be.

And while I’ll never be Lady Gaga, I can be whoever I decide to be. And that’s fine with me.

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