Sunday, 12 September 2010

Lady Blah Blah: Camille Paglia on Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga: What’s Sex Got To Do With It?
By Camille Paglia

[The Digested Read]

Fans see Gaga as a breaker of taboos, but America’s foremost cultural critic argues she is a copycat who has seduced the internet generation

"Lady Gaga is the first major star of the digital age.
She's not as good as Madonna, Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Mae West, Jean Harlow, Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, Madonna, Madonna, vagina, Bob Fosse, Cher, Jane Fonda as Barbarella, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Isabella Blow, Daphne Guinness, drag queens, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lily Allen, Nelly Furtado, Elton John, Boy George, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Bette Midler, Tina Turner or Janis Joplin.
She's on a major label, she can't sing, her image is manufactured, and her fans are marooned in a global technocracy of fancy gadgets.
Did I say "vagina"?
Can it be that Gaga represents the exhausted end of the sexual revolution?
Is it the death of sex?
Will this do?"

Camille Paglia is a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the Norma Desmond and Baby Jane Hudson of academe

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