Unlike Kendrick Lamar and fern fanatics, Jack White is not really feeling Lady Gaga these days. In an interview with Esquire UK, the banjo-wielding rock star went in on Pop Stars These Days and their eagerness to cater to fans, calling only the Mother Monster our by name:
“I don’t think she lives it because it’s all artifice,” says White of Gaga. “It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite. It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want.”
Color us not-exactly-surprised. This is pretty standard Rock Star-on-Pop Star complaint. White is a rock star who plays guitar and wears a lot of black and grits his teeth when he performs, and Lady Gaga gets carried around in giant eggs and wears meat dresses and, well, is really just something else. But alas, because the quote has been picked up and spun by news outlets far and wide, and because now we are all listening, White has decided he’s got more to say.
In a backpedal-y statement posted to his record label’s website, White attributed the “tabloidesque drama baiting” to a misquote. A misquote you say, Jack? Well, sort of:
“I never said anything about her music or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question the image in front of you, but only to label it as “cool” or “weird” quickly and dispose of it. I don’t like my comments about Lady Gaga’s presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music.”
So he meant everything he said about Lady Gaga’s faux weirdness, he just didn’t mean to be starting drama with Lady Gaga, because at the end of the day, he dislikes dishonest journalists even more than he dislikes artificial pop stars:
“If you’re going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote…. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don’t stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises.”
So Lady Gaga, Jack White may have said some things about pop stars that apply to you; and journalists, be warned that Jack White is on to you. And as for how this all wrapped up? White signed off with this olive branch:
Peace to Lady Gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it’s given to help create change.”
All’s well that ends nicely, right? And if anything, the tender beef has Gaga feeling inspired. So we’re going to go ahead and have our Blunderbuss, but keep our “Bad Romance,” too.