9 Ways Lady Gaga Shocked At SXSW: From Katy Perry To.. Err.. Vomit

17 March 2014 by


Oh Lady Gaga, you do know how to get us talking. The singer both performed and spoke at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas last week and managed to cause quite a stir.

The ARTPOP-er took to the stage on Thursday night to perform an hour-long set to a crowd of 2000 competition winners. Rather than - yannow - simply wearing a cool outfit and showing off her vocal talent, she rode a bucking bronco shaped like a pig, was mounted on a human-sized spit roast and then was vomited on.

That's right. Her buddy - a performance artist called Millie Brown who specialises in throwing up - put her fingers down her throat and spewed green paint all over Gaga. The singer then continued her performance without even having a wipe down.


The controversial show wasn't the only time Gaga got tongues wagging at SXSW, she also said some rather interesting things during her talk on Friday covering sponsors, being yourself and Katy Perry.

Here are her 9 most shocking moments from the festival.

1. When she said she's nothing like Katy Perry

'I don't know what the f***-all I have to do with Katy Perry,' she said during her talk 'Our music is so completely different. I couldn't be more different, really. I really don't fit in pop music in a way, but I came through it and I'd like to think I changed it in some way so you can feel like you don't have to fit into a mold.'

2. When she told fans to stop taking pictures at her gig

'Do me a favor and don't take my f****** picture,' she demanded. 'Put your phone down. The best thing about South By is I see so many people just feeling music. Close your eyes, f*** your cell phone, f*** your friends instead!'


3. And revealed she hadn't showered

'I've been having such a good time, I didn't even shower!' she exclaimed.

4. When she wasn't too happy about playing 'Applause'

'And now, because we were told we really have to, we're gonna play a song called 'Applause',' she said as she began her encore.

5. When she was vomited on..

‘I won’t play by your fucking rules, this is our world!’ she yelled before letting Millie sprew neon green paint down her apron.

FYI - Don't watch the following video if you're squeamish... 

6. And upset Demi Lovato 

The Disney-alum who was checked into rehab for bulimia and who's previously spoken out about the impact of eating disorders took to Twitter to complain about Gaga's performance.

'Sad... As if we didn't have enough people glamorizing eat disorders already. Bottom line, it's not "cool" or "artsy" at all,' she tweeted. 'Putting the word ART in it isn't a free card to do whatever you want without consequences. All I'm saying is, artists in pop culture have influence on people.'

Lady Gaga naked

[Little Monsters]

7. When she shared a naked picture of herself washing off the vomit

'I loved every moment with you Austin,' she posted. 'Last nights show healed my soul. Creative Rebellion is ARTPOP. Release yourself from every expectation. Be free,' she wrote to her fans.'

8. And then spoke about the vom-experience

'I've known Millie [Brown] for I think like five years now and we've actually collaborated before . . .,' she said in her talk. 'She was just in town and so we thought we would collaborate again," Gaga explained of their collaboration during her keynote speech. "It was just exciting to see people talk about performance art on the internet. We really just did it because we believe in the performance and we believe in what it meant to the song.'


9. When she revealed she was bankrupt at the height of her fame

We got a first glimpse of Gaga's new documentary as the music week of the festival drew to a close. In it Gaga reveals she spent all her money on her first tour. 

'I had $3 million dollars in the bank to my name and I threw it all in to make my stage,' the 27-year-old says in a clip. 'So I was bankrupt during the show.'

'I remember I went home and I was with my dad and he said, 'I don't understand. 'Bad Romance' is out. You are all over the radio. Everyone is talking about you and you don't have a pot to piss in.' I said, 'Just let me do this. Let me just put it on the stage because I think if I can do this I can get Arthur Fogel's attention.' And I did.'


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