Talking Points: Lady Gaga's 'suicide'

16 September 2009

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Last Sunday’s MTV Awards (already memorable thanks to Kanye) have stirred up more controversy. Lady Gaga’s performance of Paparazzi on Sunday night – in which she stabbed and then hung herself (all in the name of art, obviously) – has incensed suicide-prevention group Papryus. 'This act is not cool,' said a spokesperson. 'Sensationalising and romanticising suicide is irresponsible and celebrities, who are often idolised by young people, need to be more aware of the impact that such acts can have.' The singer, who picked up the award for Best New Artist, is known for her theatrical song-and-dance routines and that’s why fans love her (Perez Hilton described her performance as ‘Visionary. Bold. Amazing,') but do you think the Lady crossed the line this time, spraying herself with fake blood and feigning her own death? She’s not the first MTV performer to play up for the crowd (Madge caused uproar in the ’80s in her Like A Virgin wedding dress, then again in 2003 when she locked lips with Britney), but when does it stop being art and become too much? You tell us…

- Amy Molloy


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