As many RC readers know, I now spend considerably more time in Omaha in a given week than I did, say, a month ago.
Yesterday morning, I asked my Facebook friends why I didn’t like Lady Gaga; unsurprisingly, the question has engendered a good deal of commentary.
I hit on this question after watching the SNL season finale, reading a very favorable New York Times piece, and recognizing that the concept behind Lady Gaga was something I ought to like but didn’t.
To be blunt, I don’t enjoy listening to Gaga’s music. She was actually quite funny in skits with Justin Timberlake on SNL, but not enjoyable to watch or listen to when she performed songs from her new album. And yet I like music that makes me think I probably ought to like her music. So, in the spirit of capturing what an old fuddy-duddy I am, I decided to create the above picture.
The most obvious example, as the picture highlights, is that I really like Queen. If Freddie Mercury makes sense to me, why doesn’t Gaga? Or, to put it differently, if I like “Radio Ga Ga,” why don’t I like Lady Gaga? Is it just that she’s completely derivative of things I already like (and have liked for a very long time) and thus I don’t need her?
Is there something more to it that I’m just not recognizing in my old age?
Having said all of this, I should note that I don’t hold the position that no one should like Lady Gaga. Indeed, I’m perfectly happy for every generation to have its Freddie Mercury. The whole Gaga thing just doesn’t make sense to me, since I already have my own Freddie Mercury — and, of course, prefer him to this one in every way.
So … on Friday, Lady Gaga posted a lengthy video on her website to encourage her fans to get involved in politics — specifically with regard to repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
Then, apparently, at least one U.S. Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, responded to her via Twitter, expressing her support and her hope to speak with the performer that day.
Gaga, apparently not available over the weekend, tweeted back, “Talk monday?” to Senators Gillibrand and Schumer.
[Full article here.]
So, this isn’t exactly Bono-level activism.
But what should we say about Lady Gaga’s foray into the political arena: good, bad, something else entirely?