We admit it, we have no idea whether or not to side with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — on the one hand, he is a renegade fighter for free speech; on the other, he’s released a lot of documents that some say have compromised national security; on the other, other hand, he’s been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition on rape and assault charges. But interestingly, the Australian hacker now has a couple of high-profile supporters: M.I.A. and Lady Gaga, Atlantic Wire points out. The former tweeted at Gaga on Sunday:
And apparently, Gaga took her up on the invitation, donning a very witchy getup and snapping the above photo with Assange. It’s interesting to see the Mother Monster take a stand on something like this, straying from her usual messages about bullying and gay rights. But you may recall she has an indirect connection to WikiLeaks — U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning reportedly used CD-Rs labeled “Lady Gaga” to download the classified diplomatic cables he handed over to the site.
Mother Monster has a new title: Twitter Queen! Lady Gaga has busted social media records today by earning her 25 millionth follower on Twitter, making her the most followed person in the entire world. Her closest competition comes from Justin Bieber, who trails by more than 2.5 million. “#25milliontweetymonsters wow! I’m officially feeling like the luckiest girl in the world today,” the music megastar tweeted this morning.
But hang on a second. There are 7 billion people in the world. What the hell are the rest of you 6.75 billion doing!? Join Twitter and follow her! Need a reason? OK, you asked for it! We’ve assembled the 25 best things we’ve learned about the pop goddess since following her on Twitter. Check ‘em out in the gallery below. Enjoy!
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Ahhh, the badasses. You know them — the cool girls, the ones with edge, who leave your mouth open in awe every time they walk by. They’re the ones who don’t give an eff what you think about them, and that’s what makes them so damn cool. Even better, they look totally hot when showing off a little skin. But who will take home the gold — Lady Gaga, Michelle Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart or Megan Fox?
We aren’t saying Lady Gaga thinks she’s the new pop culture Messiah; we’re just saying if Jesus returns this Saturday like we’ve been hearing he will, he might be put out by how much the “Hair” singer is biting his steez. In her interview with The Guardian, Lady Gaga’s religious controversy only gets more fuel for the fire; in fact, the singer even describes Lady Gaga concerts as “pop cultural church,” explaining “I never intended for the Monster Ball to be a religious experience, it just became one.” We’ve heard this story before. Actually, some people call it the greatest story ever told!
Seeing as how Gaga’s “Judas” single was given to her by God and/or the ghost of Alexander McQueen, it makes sense that she’d be in tune with her spiritual side.” Don’t say I hate institutionalised religion,” Gaga tells the reporter. “Rather than saying I hate those things, which I do not, what I’m saying is that perhaps there is a way of opening more doors, rather than closing so many.” Though later Gaga adds, “I felt, and I still feel, that I was sent to this planet from my planet, Planet Goat, to create a ruckus.” So….Jesus’ reputation as the #1 divo is probably safe for now.
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You know who doesn’t get enough love from the world of haute couture? Cerberus, the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hades in Greek mythology. Lucky Lady Gaga’s V Magazine cover is finally giving credit where credit is due. Mother Monster not only fronts the magazine’s new Asian issue, she also writes her own article on fashion, in which she claims: “I myself can look at almost any hemline, silhouette, beadwork or heel architecture and tell you very precisely who designed it first, what French painter they stole it from, how many designers reinvented it after them and what cultural and musical movement parented the birth, death and resurrection of that particular trend.” If anyone throughout all of history has ever used a tri-headed dog as part of their Asian-inspired look, then we really need to stop shopping at Target and pay attention.
Of course, if an homage to the legendary hound isn’t enough to get your fashion motor running (running so hard and so fast away from the V photo shoot), you can also turn to Lady Gaga’s penis shoes for inspiration. Gaga’s American Idol appearance was intended to inspire the final contestants to greatness, but the Lucite phalluses she wore on her boots might also birth a whole generation of wiener shoes. We’re sure all of the hell beasts would be pleased.
[Photo: V Magazine]
Lady Gaga turned 25 yesterday, and in true Gaga fashion she celebrated her first quarter-century on stage, in front of thousands of people, covered in fake blood. Gaga’s backup dancers surprised her with a birthday cake (which also looked like it was covered in fake blood) at the end of her show last night. Gaga followed the performance, which was at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with a night of drinking and tacos at La Cita restaurant where she partied with Adam Lambert, Kate Hudson, and her boyfriend, Luc Carl.
For a few more pics of her on-stage birthday serenade, check out our Lady GaGallery below.
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It’s one thing to ban song lyrics because it they’re offensive, but it’s another to ban something because it promotes tolerance and acceptance, which is what Malaysia is doing to Lady Gaga. Gaga’s song “Born This Way” features the lyrics “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby,” which broadcasters in Malaysia have decided to garble on the air because the government there forbids “offensive content.” Yes, playing songs about accepting those people with a lifestyle different to your own is considered offensive and can be illegal in Malaysia. Hey, America, can the left and the right get on the same page for once and applaud the fact that, regardless of your stance on the issue, at least that doesn’t happen here?
AMP Radio Networks in Malaysia said in a statement that “The particular lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances, ” and that “The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as a ‘taboo’ by general Malaysians,” hence the precautionary measure. Gay rights activists in the country criticized the move for “perpetuating ignorance and hate,” and we’re just waiting to see how Gaga herself responds. Given her pro-LGBT track record, she can’t be thrilled.
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Lady Gaga has pulled out of a deal with Target in which the retailer would offer an exclusive, deluxe edition of the upcoming Born This Way album in May. Target recently was criticized by some for making political donations to anti-gay politicians, and when the deal was first announced, Gaga said “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past. …Our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.”
The deal fell through when “[Gaga] and Target didn’t see eye to eye on Target’s policy of political donations and how they affect the LGBT community,” a source told The Advocate. Well now we’re torn. We love that Gaga stands up for her principles no matter what, but if Target doesn’t bend on their policies, where else will we buy our Choxie?
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We’d always imagined Lady Gaga’s first time was on the back of a dragon made of glitter and flames, so we were epically disappointed that Lady Gaga says losing her virginity was terrible. “I didn’t lose my virginity until I was 17. But I have to say even then I wasn’t ready and it was an absolutely terrible experience,” the singer admitted. “It wasn’t good at all. I have never not had safe sex, I have always asked a guy to be tested and to use protection, which was always my rule. Otherwise you’re playing Russian Roulette.” See, Russian Roulette was exactly how we thought Gaga would start a romantic evening with a gentleman caller. We have so much to learn.
“I never actually enjoyed sex until two years ago,” Gaga, who debuts her new song “Judas” at the Thierry Mugler fashion show Wednesday, admitted. “It was a proper monogamous relationship in which I felt free enough to trust and I had enough self love. Sex is the ultimate expression of vulnerability and for me it was important to know that it was a proper relationship so it was sex as a source of love and nothing else.” We don’t know if Gaga’s boyfriend Luc Carl is the relationship in question, but either way we imagine a lot of eyeliner-smeared trysting on a pile of sweaty bandannas and foam rubber monster claws. We wouldn’t want to imagine it any other way.
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In case you don’t live in the tri-state area, it’s roughly 30 degrees outside in New York, 20 with the wind chill, and everything is covered with a fine layer of snow. The perfect weather to take off your pants, slip on your demon nails and go for a brisk stroll in your hoof boots. Lady Gaga filmed her Monster Ball Tour special in the Lower East Side today, where the singer worked it out for the HBO production crew complete with two-tone beehive and spiked gloves. Or as everyone else on the Lower East Side calls it, “business casual.”
We’re starting a new rumor right now: Lady Gaga has had her skin replaced with wet suit material. Seriously, how else can you explain it? Any other person on the planet would have lobster legs and tears streaming down their face in these pictures. If Gaga had that, she would just play it off like it was part of the McQueen collection for Summer 2011. And we’d probably believe her.
[Photo: Splash News Online]