1. Matt says

    I’m not a Gaga fan but she has a point. I’m so tired of paying a hefty sum to attend a live performance only to be seated behind someone who talks the entire time. Where’s the respect? Do us all a favor and stay at home.

  2. says

    @matt, that would be respect for the audience.

    Umm, why the hell does Lady Gaga or any musician deserve my respect? What the hell did they do that is so great? Music is not that hard to make and if pop has taught us anything, it’s that if you repeat a song enough it becomes liked and popular. Top all that off with an almost constant look into celebrities seedy, useless lives.

    I don’t auto-respect some chick who writes a couple of songs a year and charges the masses money for her precious art and the privilege of seeing her.

    Decorum is a totally acceptable thing to ask for, we could always use a bit more.

  3. LiamB says

    Gaga needs to take a history course if she thinks Shakespeare (or any theatrical performance) was for the elites. The notion of sitting quietly at the opera or a play, wearing you finest apparel is historically speaking, a rather recent development.

  4. MIke says

    I thought ordering “foie gras” in a restaurant these days was as acceptable as lighting up a ciggie. Well, maybe her usage is apt. She’s over. People are bored.

  5. AJ says

    So many of these comments absolutely prove the point she is trying to make. The Internet and mainstream media are such an enormous sounding board for everyone’s opinion and so much of opinion is negative. It’s not enough to choose not to like or listen to a performer, these days everyone has to have a strong opinion about everyone. Why? Just move on to something else rather than venting your negativity on people that like it. It’s just another form of bullying.

  6. Eric says

    I’m not a huge fan lately, but from a business perspective she sees what few others see: if the market is flooded with product, you have to set yourself apart. She’s a very talented musician, but the world is full of talented musicians. All of the costumes and, to a limited extent her persona, set her apart and make her stand out. Love her or hate her, but if you want to buy her product at least you’ll know it’s there.

  7. crispy says

    Interestingly, I just read the new Spin magazine cover story about Trent Reznor, and he makes the same point, albeit in far different language.

    Twitter and social media, and in particular the anonymity one is afforded online, has turned everyone into assholes.

  8. Henry Holland says

    “Twitter and social media, and in particular the anonymity one is afforded online, has turned everyone into assholes”

    “Everyone”? Nah, don’t buy that at all.

    What’s changed in the music business since I started listening to pop music (1967) is that bands/performers are expected to be “on” 24/7/365, to always be doing stuff on Facebook/Twitter etc. [old man on porch voice] In *my* day, a lot of bands/performers disappeared when they weren’t promoting an album or on tour and you didn’t burn out on them so quickly, they actually had an air of mystery.

    Now, I know more than I want to about people like Gaga, even though I’m not a fan at all, just because she’s a constant on the gay blogs I go to.

  9. crispy says

    @Henry Holland: You should read the Reznor interview. He says exactly what you described:

    “I’ve had the experience over the last few years of liking bands, and then checking what they’re up to on Tumblr or something, and immediately realizing, ‘This is you?’ F–k.’ I don’t want my personality to get in the way of what I’m trying to do musically.”

  10. Joe in Ct says

    Wow, she is so misinformed about Elizabethan theater. It was raucous and crass and the audience routinely participated in the play, shouting comments and engaging with the actors. Performers were not on pedestals. Quite the contrary. It was a low-life, low status profession, probably on par with whoring.

  11. says

    Dear Lady Gaga:

    I have liked some of your music, but overall I have found it derivative and uninteresting. If you want to be taken seriously as an artist, then work a little harder on the actual music. Sniping at your critics doesn’t make your music any better. I don’t owe you anything. Do something worth my time and I’ll listen.


  12. Gregoire says

    She’s mangling a very interesting point — everybody had become a vocal critic because the internet allows people to do so, both anonymously and otherwise.

    But I wish she wouldn’t have used classism as an example for her valid points of view on scrutiny.

  13. Graphicjack says

    I wish I could respect her, but I can’t. Part of that is due to he growing ego that’s far bigger than anyone else’s in recent memory… The other part is due to her horrible fans who trash everyone from Madonna to Katy Perry in the hopes that this will somehow “help” their cultish “mother”. In this particular comment, she states she is the highest quality artist out there, that her fans are the elite and everyone else is a plebeian… And that she deserves everyone’s respect when her own fans are the worst at vicious, disrespectful comments. She’s contributed to the very thing she’s criticizing, and she doesn’t get the irony. She has courted and discussed fame, yet she bemoans the pitfalls of it… In other words, she wants the worship, but not the criticism that comes from people who can see her for what she is. It’s too bad… She isn’t the worst pop star out there, but she’s definitely one of the most annoying.

  14. Caliban says

    Now that I think about it her “foie gras” comparison is quite apt. It feels like the media has been cramming Gaga’s pap down my throat for years now, much like what they do to geese to make foie gras. Either way it’s a lot of suffering for what is supposedly a “delicacy.”

  15. Randal Oulton says

    >> only the most highest class people in Shakespearean times would be let into the theater

    She just scored an own goal. It was exactly the opposite. High class people wouldn’t be seen dead in the Globe theatre.

  16. Meah says

    I’m not a Gaga fan either, but I have to agree with other posters about the point she’s making.

    The internet, for instance, took quite a bit of technical effort and dedication to even get on initially, was not as much a commercial misinformation disaster as it is now, and people with expertise and knowledge were hardly considered “equal” to the inane rantings of the mob…

    You can call it “classism”, but there’s a profound difference between someone that’s acquired knowledge and skill the hard way, by actually USING and APPLYING it, versus the hoards of internet slime that basically treat everything as if it is just disposable information, rendering them little more than tools for other people’s and corporations agendas.

  17. JayCrowe says

    Why does anyone support her narcissism by paying exorbitant prices for tickets? I’d rather see someone less famous, less diva-like who focuses on making good music.

  18. Sam says

    How pretencious. She’s a fake. Always thought she was a manufactured pop star. The burden of holding up to such a title is beyond her reach. The significant drug issues this past year only supports that fact.

  19. AlexN says

    As others have stated, her misinformed perception of Elizabethan theatrical audiences as upper class and her poor use of grammar should be as offensive as her overblown ego. She has no substance whatsoever. How can she make such public statements that essentially confirm she is not quite the great intellectual “artist” she fancies herself to be and still expect us to respect her for it? She is a deranged sociopath and drug addict who shouldn’t be put on the pedestal she longs for.

  20. Marc says

    And this is one more reason I love Gaga.
    What an honest and frank interview, which, because of its sensitive nature, is sure to be misconstrued. I love that she not only knows her own self-worth, she celebrates it in others too.

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