Only Katy Perry could make planking controversial. At about 1:45AM ET she posted the twitpic above of herself dressed as a mermaid, ostensibly on some sort of set, in this tweet:
In less than an hour, the TwitPic’s comments were swarmed by angry Gaga fans. Remember Lady Gaga’s “Yuyi the Mermaid” character from
“Edge of Glory” her next single? How could Katy copy Gaga, these fans wonder, generally by tweeting the hashtag #KatyCopyGaga (and, not infrequently, referring to Perry as a b?ch). Pastiche is an essential part of pop iconography, and Gaga herself has been accused of much more specific and serious appropriation, but try telling that to her superfans.
Gaga is an expert at directing her fanbase, whether for self-promotion or the “Get Well” video for Clarence Clemons. This independent call to arms (call to paws?) among Little Monsters, ostensibly acting on Gaga’s behalf, is hardly different from, say, hacking Amy Winehouse’s website. Apparently, this is what happens when you (appear to) copy a singer on the Internet.
When Lady Gaga‘s music video for “Edge of Glory” premiered, we liked the stripped-back aesthetic, but we quickly found ourselves in the minority. Gaga acolytes who had been anticipating a high-concept spectacle from director Joseph Kahn, based on rumors of mermaid-Gaga (as she was costumed when she performed “The Edge of Glory” on French TV), fumed on social media until Gaga and Kahn responded directly (and for a while afterward, too). Lest her fans consider the mermaid concept scrapped, she tweeted the following:
In an interview with Taiwan’s V News on Saturday, Gaga confirmed that the concept would live on: “Yuyi is in incubation, for anyone who knows what that means.” She then added, “Yuyi may just be born in the next video.” Fans are speculating that the mermaid’s name (not mentioned until after the “Edge of Glory” video premiered) is a clue to the next single: Yu + y + i = “Yo? and I,” which is a clever bit of wordplay that could just as easily be coincidental. There is no word on who the new clip’s director will be, but we suspect Kahn didn’t get the call this time.
Gaga’s next video will have mermaids [ONTD]