Lady Gaga makes debut as V magazine columnist, quotes Picasso, endorses George Foreman grill

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Lady Gaga is giving James Franco some serious competition as pop culture’s greatest multi-tasker.

She’s the creative director for Polaroid. She’s accepted an internship with Princess Eugenie’s hat-maker Philip Treacy. She’s exchanged tweets with Harry Reid about ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Oh, and she’s the biggest pop star on the planet. (She’s even ahead of me in my Star Wars reading!)

Her latest venture? Magazine columnist. The new issue of glossy mag V features a Gaga-penned manifesto on fashion, pop culture, “body modification” and artistic thievery, with more obscure references than a trivia night hosted by Quentin Tarantino and Diablo Cody. Case in point, this name-dropping gem about her early aspirations: “I would dream of being a rock star who dressed like Mark Bolan [sic], walked like Jerry Hall, and had the panache of Ginger from Casino and the mystery of Isabella Blow.”

Just reading that sentence, I experienced emotional swings from disappointment (you misspelled Marc Bolan’s name?!) to concern (wasn’t Jerry Hall’s body “modified” by Jack Nicholson’s Joker in Batman?) to elation (Gaga’s a Scorsese fan! My theory that the “Judas” video is her Last Temptation of Christ is validated!) to I-have-no-response-to-that (Blow).

Of particular interest to those still obsessing over the “Born This Way”/”Express Yourself” similarity is this passage on artistic thievery:

When Yves Saint Laurent designed the “Mondrian” day dress for fashion week Fall/Winter 1965, did he plagiarize or revolutionize? Some people would say he was unoriginal, that he traced an iconic contemporary artwork by Piet Mondrian, and stole it for his own merits. Others may argue that by referencing something so “before its time,” he influenced an entire generation in fashion that transformed the female body with a more linear sensibility, graphics, and painterly shape. We now call it “mod.” Picasso said, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” … Art gives birth to new art.

That’s a pretty astute defense, even if written with term-paper high-handedness. I mean, why exactly is Gaga chided for covering musical ground Madonna’s already tread? Let’s back up to Tarantino again for a moment. How come “Born This Way” is theft while Kill Bill or Inglourious Basterds is homage? Is it just because the paying public is familiar with Madonna but not with the Shaw Brothers’ chop-socky films that inspired Bill? Or the Josef von Sternberg films quoted in Basterds?

Anyway, though a streak of oblique defensiveness threads its way through the piece, it also has its fun moments, like this description of her old Lower East Side flat:

My studio apartment on the LES, quite similar to many of my hotel suites now (knock on wood), was covered in inspiration. Everything from vintage books and magazines I found at the Strand on 12th Street to my dad’s old Bowie posters to metal records from my best friend Lady Starlight to Aunt Merle’s hand-me-down emerald-green designer pumps were sprawled all over the floor about two feet from my bathroom and four inches from my George Foreman Grill. (Starlight was always jealous that mine had a bun warmer and hers didn’t.)

Do you think she has a future as a magazine writer? Should those of us here at EW be worried?

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Read more from EW.com:
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Lady Gaga to release fourth single, ‘Hair,’ a week before Born This Way’s release: Still anxious for the full album?
Lady Gaga releases new single ‘The Edge of Glory': Listen here
Lady Gaga debuts ‘Judas’ video: Watch it here

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  • Ben Queensley

    I can’t believe how she’s gone from being sexually attractive and voluptuous when she first became famous in 2008/2009 to being so skinny and ugly while looking wasted and like she’s rotting.

    • Stephen V

      Last week on her HBO special she looked really good. Stopping the use of a tanning bad isn’t a bad thing.

      • now what

        Lady Gaga is a garbage, just like her latest song, fashion and art.

      • Linda23

        this is lame.
        devil’s horns (her hair)?
        OMG!
        successful and high art?

        She qualifies? Zzzzz

    • Exfan

      Gaga- a tiresome copycat with no substance :(

      • R I P Gaga

        she milking her fans dry with all these singles dropping and printed promos before the album even comes out, i bet we get a re release a week after the album. Everything that I heard so far from this album doesn’t make me think this going to be the album of a generation.

      • Smarter & Able

        PLEASE GAGA,

        YOU ARE WRITING POP SONGS NOT HIGH ART!

        ANYONE WHO HAS MONEY, LEARN MUSIC, GO TO SCHOOL, ETC COULD WRITE BAD ROMANCE, JUDAS & SUCK THIS WAY!

        LAME!

  • ES

    i hope she doesnt feel like she has to explain herself when it comes to the born this way/express yourself thing.the people who chide her for it wont ever be satisfied with an explanation anyway.haters gonna hate.she makes an awesome writer. cant wait to see more of her entries.

    • HD

      I’m not a Gaga fan though I think “Bad Romance” both song and video are absolutely brilliant but I never heard Express Yourself in Born This Way. I just never got the so-called controversy!

      • R I P Gaga

        LOOKs LIKE A CHEAP PORN MOVIE DVD COVER !

    • Da Boi

      It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that her new album is a shaky start! Maybe it is not even worth buying at all. Now borrowing Picasso’s to make her feel relevant?

    • Nick T

      Exactly, ES. I laugh at the people ‘haters.’ they will never be satisfied and i pity that

  • Jared

    Wasn’t she in the news like 5 minutes ago?! Tired of seeing her face plastered everywhere.

    • Michael

      I agree. Lady Gaga has gotten very sickening after too much exposure. She definitely is getting into her drugs as much as her fame.

    • Mariah4Ever

      Gaga is trying to rip off everyone to shore up her lack of raw talent, mundane, insipid & boring performances as a musician and artist.

      • Lady Copycat Much

        Madonna wannabe!!!!

    • O-mariah

      …because she is a fugly self-absorbed ego maniac record company’s puppet.

      I feel ya.

  • MultiPass

    Good writing, actually. It’s a rare talent.

    • minx

      for a 14 year old

      • Amaree

        whose IQ below than 70 ! :(

  • True Blue

    So EW won’t let me post on Gaga articles, but trolls are free to do so?

  • True Blue

    Oh finally a comment got through.

    Anyways, I love this chick but she had become a walking constant Spinal Tap moment as of late.

    • True Blue

      * HAS.

  • Beyonce Matters

    *****If there were a God in heaven Lady Gaga would be a street performance artist in San Francisco or a Madonna impersonator at a third-rate bar in Las Vegas******

    -nail in the coffin-

  • Fed Up With Mess

    Gaga is a+ flake!

    • who cares

      Can someone make her go away quietly?

      • i care

        what is forcing you to listen, watch, read or see lady gaga?

        nobody except you.

  • COME ON EW

    IS THIS WORTH REPORTING ?!

  • GAGA is a Queen

    GAGA is queen, haters can hate…but you ALWAYS lose!

  • Fashion Librarian

    No, no, no. The Picasso quote is all wrong. At best, it’s “bad artists copy, great artists steal.” And that’s only if you can actually nail down a source. The quote Gag used was a misquote by Steve Jobs. DO YOUR HOMEWORK GAGA!

  • linksoflondonuk

    Thanks for interesting blog post. You guys are always provide information that it makes it impossible not to want to buy your next product ;I cant wait to see what you guys come up with based on all your research and data that you gather.

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