Saturday afternoon Sarah said to me, "have you see gaga's new video?"
"No!" I replied, as I searched Youtube and found the thing, then at over 6 million hits in two days alone.
As I sat back and watched this 9 and a half minute mini-film there was just one over-riding thought running through my head?
Am I just not clever enough?
I have since watched this video/short film 5+ times, and still my question remains. Am I just not clever enough? Here is where I unpack why in fact I don't think it has anything to do with intelligence, and everything to do with confusion.
Hell the to yessssss for lesbian action between gaga and a stereotypically 'butch' female. Things we don't see usually, because everybody knows lesbians are all young, pretty, slim things, running around in their underwear and having pillow fights that lead to highly unlikely same sex entanglements, that of course, the passing male is invited to join in on the action. Scenes like the one provided by gaga are more often than not the fantasy of a creative male, who, whilst titillated by the idea of two women together, can't for one second believe that this kind of encounter can exist outside of his control and direction. Women still need penars! Women are there for his pleasure. Which also means women form that weird blond bimbo clinical image dreamt up by a pre-adolescent boy who doesn't realise femininity is a construct not all women can relate to in any way, and heaven forbid the lesbian have short hair, big muscles, and prefers to wear baggy jeans over cut off bum cheek huggers.
The average person will not see a channeling of Rosler, nor will they see empowered reclaiming of the female sexuality and body; what they see is a white girl half naked bouncing around. If this is a statement of feminism, it's lost on me.
There is something in Wonderbread being the item that is ultimately used to poison the diner full of people, that overly manufactured, not very nutritional staple the loving housewife would feed her family. Yet, I just can't fully get on board with this imagery, because Gaga got paid for this product placement. You can't mock something, whilst simultaneously taking the money they are paying you for it. That is ridiculous amounts of hypocrisy.