Some might argue that since Lady Gaga is not as “traditionally attractive” as the pop tarts before her — like Britney Spears or The Pussycat Dolls — the sole purpose for her adopting an “avant-garde” look was so that we’d be too distracted by her elaborate costumes to pay attention to anything else. And that, some might claim, chronologically made sense for her to then paint herself as an outcast, claiming that she was finally freeing her inner spirit or whatever. And that’s what lead her to singing the praises of self-empowerment, telling all her Little Monsters they were “born this way.”
Hey, ain’t nothing wrong with spreading the good word of confidence and self-acceptance. But it’s a tad suspect when other pop stars — namely Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj (and Ke$ha and Taylor Swift) — are attributed with joining the parade. When does “being yourself” go from being a healthy message to a co-opted method for selling records?
No, we definitely shouldn’t resist the chance for a strong and crucial message of self-love to the kids who need to hear it, but maybe, like, without the whipped cream shooting from the boobs or giving Eminem the okay to use the word “faggot” in your song (Katy and Nicki, respectively)?
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