“It is a dangerous place where we put ART, but sacred where we make it.”
So like, the studio is the sacred place and the public is the dangerous place? Is she implying she’s afraid that her music is gonna get ripped to shreds again like “Born This Way” did?
Look at dat muscle definition. Someone’s been workin’ their ass off in preparation for their soon to be multi-platinum, award-winning fourth studio album.
GAGA SQUATTING DOWN
GAGA WEARING TOWERING HEELS
Here’s a small list detailing Lady Gaga’s philanthropy over the past five years.
- Donated $1,000,000 to the Hurricane Sandy recovery project.
- Raised over $1,000,000 for the Japanese people after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
- Partnered with Virgin Mobile during her Monster Ball Tour and offered free VIP tickets to her show for those who volunteered time at local homeless youth organizations. This partnership raised over $80,000 and contributed over 30,000 hours of community service for charities all across the US.
- Held and spoke at a rally that called for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
- Brought along four discharged gay service members with her to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and allowed them a chance to tell their story on one of the year’s most-watched televised events.
- Donated $5,000 to homeless LGBT youth every night of the American leg of her Born This Way Ball Tour.
- Donated $500,000 from all merchandise sales on January 27th, 2010 to victims of the Haitian earthquake.
- Had thousands of her fans call their state representatives and ask them to support the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
- Started her own anti-bullying foundation that aims to help kids with finding ways to deal with and stop bullying.
- Helped MAC raise over $200,000,000 for their AIDS Fund.
- Used her own money to fund a “Therapy Bus” that followed her tour around the United States. This “Therapy Bus”, called The Born Brave Bus, employed professional psychologists to help connect teens and young adults to resources available in their communities including behavioral and mental health services, school psychologists, mentoring, volunteer opportunities and bullying and suicide prevention resources.
- Spent over $40,000 for a ticket to a White House dinner so she could specifically talk with the President about focusing on stopping bullying in schools around the country.
- Partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation to help donate $1,000,000 to various charities.
- Privately visited and donated brand new electronics to an orphanage in India that cared for HIV+ children.
- Donated 25% of all proceeds made from her “Barney’s Workshop” in 2011 to charity.
- Performed for several charity concerts such as Children in Need and MTV Video Music Aid Japan.
- Allowed dozens of her songs to appear on charity albums that have raised millions for various organizations around the world.
- Held dozens of charity auctions where people bid on certain items and meet and greets that have raised hundreds of thousands for various charities all around the world.
- Privately contacted and offered to help a wheelchair-bound fan get in touch with her personal doctors so she could get the life-changing surgery she needed.
So yeah, maybe she is an attention whore and maybe she did wear a sari designed for her by a famous Indian designer, but those things do not negate what she’s done for millions of people. And more so than any of her contemporaries, Gaga walks the walk, talks the talk, and continuously puts her money with her mouth is in a massive way.
Some people think that it’s completely unnecessary for Gaga to be so over the top, but the truth is that when Gaga does things bigger and better than anything before, she inspires and/or basically forces the other girls to do the same, otherwise they’re ignored.
Katy Perry’s perfume launch before Gaga’s FAME.
Gaga’s FAME launch.
Katy Perry’s perfume launch after Gaga’s FAME.
People always want to act like it’s such a bad thing if their current favorite popstar takes cues from Gaga, but it’s not a bad thing at all. Because of Gaga, popstars have to do their best and they have to bring it, and in the end we all benefit from that. Bigger fashion, bigger performances, bigger videos, and now bigger perfume launches. The more, the merrier, right?
It’s all Gaga, man. That’s just a fact.
“Jesus wasnt that cool, he was always talking to the marginalized, to those who were put down by society. He spent most of his time working with them and loving them in a way they’d never been loved before.”
You know, that reminds me of a certain flamboyant female popstar who likes to sport meat.
I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
The current state of pop music is horrible. It’s cold, dead, uninviting, and “let’s put out any piece of shit song in an attempt to sell”. If there is one thing Gaga can and should do with ARTPOP, it’s to bring back the feeling of pop music from the late nineties and early two thousands. I know a lot of us like to make fun of current Britney, but 1998-2003 Britney was pop perfection. Her music, and all pop music at that time, had a very uplifting, energetic, and fun feeling to it that is completely gone from pop songs today, no matter how catchy the music is.
The thing about Madonna in her time, Britney in her time, and Gaga now, is that they all possess(ed) the ability to completely flip shit upside down. They all possess(ed) the ability to stir things up and get everyone to watch them. I mean, it says a lot about what Gaga can do when all she has to do is mention a producer on her website and every song that starts getting released sounds like rehashed, generic versions of that producer’s best music. It says a lot about what Gaga means to pop music when music turns to shit once she leaves. Gaga is literally a pop music rainbow. When she releases new music, for a few months after that, music is great because people take risks and try to do what she’s doing in their own way, but then things shift and it all turns to shit again. Do you think it’s a coincidence that the pop scene in general, from songs to videos to fashion, all became boring once Gaga left? It’s not. It’s not at all. Gaga brought back what it means to be a popstar. She brought back the things that put Britney Spears and Madonna on the map. She brought dance music back. She brought the music video back. She brought the super fan back. Everything that made pop so fun in the early two thousands, she brought back after it died and was replaced. She brought the popstar back.
Without Gaga here to keep those things in the forefront of pop culture, things begin to die and other genres of music begin to take over. Why? Because no other artist cares. No other artist lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps pop like Gaga does. People say pop is dying, and it is, but not because no one likes pop anymore, rather no one is putting in the effort. And that is where ARTPOP can come in and change all of that. She can bring it all back like she did in 2008 with “Just Dance”. She is the only one who can do it.
And you know what, that is exactly what she’s going to do.