There is a debate taking place online over Lady Gaga’s performance at the SXSW in Austin. Apparently, Gaga was hurled on by Millie Brown. There are two credible sides to this debate so far: 1) Lady Gaga is a performance artist who was just being creative and weird as she always likes to be. 2) That was Gaga just being an attention wh**e. There is also Demi Lovato’s idea that it was glorifying bulimia, but nobody’s buying that.
The argument can definitely be made that this is simply art. First, all you have to do to call any gesture you make art is call yourself an artist and people will give you a free pass on any crap you pull. It’s like going to a comedy club and automatically laughing at punchlines not because they are truly hilarious but because you have premeditated that situation for the express purpose of laughing at the clown up there; a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I can also see why so many will take time out of their busy schedules to insert long rants about how they are so offended at this “vile” example of desperation, a publicity stunt by an artist who, deep down, knows her music blows. It’s because there is really nothing creative about expelling fluids out of your gut. There is only the shock of being forced to watch someone puke. Especially offensive when done in the name of art.
My take is Gaga’s performance was clearly a cry for help. She is being managed by industry bullies who demand more shock, so they send out guys to rough her up to keep her in line, à la Suge Knight of Death Row Records. It’s not a truly far-fetched idea. Many artists have had to contend with industry big-wigs who keep them trapped in inescapable roles even after death. Elvis didn’t overdose because he was an addict, but because he was sick of the persona he was enslaved to be by his handlers. And yet death only helped seal his fate forever as “King of Rock & Roll.” Poor guy.
That’s why Gaga is building an army of “Little Monsters” to fight back. Unfortunately, they are not strong enough yet to stage a coup-de-tat. So they bide their time, and throw up on each other to strengthen their bonds, and pay the tribute to their over-lords until the day of her liberation.