Music Spotlight: Bad Romance

Lady Gaga explains that “Bad Romance” is about “how the entertainment industry can, in a metaphorical way, simulate human trafficking — products being sold, the woman perceived as a commodity,”

In the past, Lady Gaga had a bad romance with her identification as a feminist. (Was the pun too much?) However, she casually and effortlessly revealed her evolution during an interview with the L.A Times. 

“I’m getting the sense that you’re a little bit of a feminist, like I am, which is good,’ she said [to Ann Powers]. ‘I find that men get away with saying a lot in this business, and that women get away with saying very little . . . In my opinion, women need and want someone to look up to that they feel have the full sense of who they are, and says, ‘I’m great.”’

Earlier in 2009, Lady Gaga gave a striking interview on double standards, but when asked if she was a feminist said “No” and that she loves men, beer, and muscle cars. I’m not sure who told her being a feminist meant no beer, cars or men, but I am glad it got straightened out.  Being at the forefront of challenging gender, sexuality, and beauty standards through lyrics, music videos and performances, it is about time she pushes past stereotypes of feminism and embraces it. 

Below, Lady Gaga explains her newer views on feminism, which I think are stated beautifully. Her art has always challenged and compelled, but now her words do too. 


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