US Harper’s Bazaar have run a long feature on Lady Gaga and what she is up to at the moment. Unfortunately, the interview did not go well. After sternly pressing Gaga on her decision to stick plastic horns, or, as Gaga refers to them - ‘bones’ to her face, Derek Blasberg (the writer) insists that Gaga must be aware that she is setting a dangerous precedent to her young impressionable fans with these adornments, as the teenagers might hurt themselves trying to emulate her.
We’re never QUITE sure how intelligent Gaga is, but in this case she comes out with one of her lucid pronouncements when she demolishes the interviewer’s missing- the-point-by-a-mile argument.
‘Is she worried that this new look will inspire other people to "grow" similar bones?’
‘No, I'm not concerned about that.’
He goes on – ‘one can't help but wonder if she has considered that some of her Little Monsters, as she calls her fans, may actually hurt themselves trying to emulate her transformation.’
‘I haven't hurt myself,’ she says. Then, with her darkened eyes narrowed, she continues, ‘I want you to be careful how you view this.’
‘Help me view it then.’
‘It's artistic expression . . . It's a performance-art piece. I have never, ever encouraged my fans or anyone to harm themselves, nor do I romanticize masochism.
‘I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have. I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification.’
Go Gaga! After this though, Gaga does her best to rebuild her reputation as an eccentric freaky genius as opposed to a responsible role model by claiming that the spirit of the deceased designer Alexander McQueen ‘wrote [the song] Born This Way’ while she merely channelled his ideas.
But that’s just pop stars for you.
- Naomi Attwood