[lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] sure knows how to emphasize the “gag” in Gaga. Her schtick, ”gag” garment last night was a putrid, gag-inducing meat gown designed by Franc Fernandez. People speculated that there was no way Lady Gaga could have been covered from head-to-toe in raw meat for several reasons including weight, stench, and wearability. Others say it was definitely real. What’s the true meat behind Gaga’s message?
[pullquote quote="If we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat." credit="Lady Gaga"]
When Lady Gaga came onstage in her “meat” dress, both USA Today and Reuters came out with reports that Gaga’s dress was made out of a synthetic material that an electrical engineer might make. It was also seen as sort of message about both freedom of expression and Lady Gaga’s claim on technology, innovation, and future-forward creativity.
Franc Fernandez, Lady Gaga’s meat dress designer, is saying all those faux-meat reports are false. Fernandez told MTV, “The dress is indeed real meat from my family butcher.”
Fernandez even posted pictures of the whole creation process on his blog.
The tongue-in-cheek butcher paper as background is a pretty hilarious touch.
Of course, Lady Gaga is saying exactly what we predicted when she decided to don a meat bikini for Vogue Hommes Japan:
Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening … If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat.
The sentiment is decent (if entirely boring and predictable), but the execution is less artistic than it is disgusting.
Another problem is that we are not shocked at all. We think if Lady Gaga is trying to get a message across she should forego the gross out factor and not always be provocative. People are going to stop caring about her message if she always looks crazy.
And we don’t care what the obsessed Lady Gaga fans say; if your feet are swathed in raw meat and butcher twine, you look crazy.