Sunday 17 December 2017

Lady Gaga’s meaty outfit is an acquired taste

Lady Gaga wearing a controversial meat dress. She managed to offend vegetarians, animal rights' campaigners and food safety obsessives
Lady Gaga wearing a controversial meat dress. She managed to offend vegetarians, animal rights' campaigners and food safety obsessives

Nekesa Mumbi Moody in Los Angeles

IT'S the first dress with a sell-by date -- Lady Gaga shocked and amused the fashion world yesterday when she wore an outfit apparently made of raw meat to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in LA.

The diva picked up a total of eight gongs on the night, most for her song 'Bad Romance'.

The meat dress was just one of three outrageous costumes dreamed up for the evening by Gaga, who has made a name as much for her crazy fashions as for her music.

She arrived in a spectacular outfit by the late Alexander McQueen: a Victorian-inspired gown and a Mohawk feather headdress atop a long white wig, with monstrous stilettos that made her look like she was on stilts.

Later, she changed into a black dress so overflowing she needed help to get onstage.

Cher -- an over-the-top diva from a different era -- gave Gaga her best-video award and noted she had been raising eyebrows when Lady Gaga "was still baby Gaga".

Gaga was teary-eyed during her victories, and after the show, she told Ellen DeGeneres: "Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian, because as you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations. For me this evening, if we don't stand up for what we believe in and fight for our rights pretty soon, we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones. And, I am not a piece of meat."

Her fashion sense was criticised by animal rights group PETA.

"Someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people who are upset by butchery than who are impressed by it -- and that means a lot of young people will not be buying her records if she keeps this stuff up," PETA said in a statement.

The New York singer's antics outshone everyone else on the night, including peace offerings between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

Their separate, but equally emotional, performances seemed to provide resolution to the incident at last year's VMAs.

This year's Swift-West drama was a sequel to 2009's unscripted debacle in which West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech to proclaim that her trophy should have gone to Beyonce. The incident left Swift with hurt feelings, but West was the one who was seriously damaged from an intense backlash that took both a personal and professional toll.

As this year's VMAs drew closer, the buzz of a possible Swift-West showdown grew daily. Both were nominated for awards (which they lost), both were expected to perform and each has an album coming out this fall.

West increased the potential of fireworks with a recent rant on Twitter in which he again apologised to Swift and talked about how he had suffered emotionally and economically. Then on Saturday, it emerged that Swift would be singing a song about last year's most talked-about moment.

But instead of skewering West in song as Swift has done to others, she offered an olive branch with her song 'Innocent', written earlier this year and due to appear on her new album: "Every one of us has messed up, too . . . I hope you remember today is never too late to be brand new."

The 20-year-old's poignant and powerful ode -- which was introduced with a video montage that referenced last year's ceremony -- sympathised with West's difficult time in the spotlight and his own admissions that his ego has often gotten in his way.

West's song, which was preceded by scattered boos from the audience, didn't seem to address last year's incident, but talked about the obnoxious behaviour that has too often overshadowed his musical talent.

With all that pathos, no other celebrities could really compete.

There were few other highlights, despite performances by Usher, Eminem and Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Linkin Park, and appearances by Nicki Minaj and the cast of MTV's 'Jersey Shore'.

Host Chelsea Handler gave the show its traditional bawdiness, though her jokes often fell flat. She did have a few zingers, most of them vulgar.

A pre-taped portion of her opening featured the host getting spanked multiple times by show participants in a backstage hallway before running into the recently freed Lindsay Lohan. "Have you been drinking?" Lohan demanded from Handler.

Later, on stage, Handler implored the all-star audience to get wild. But it was a relatively tame night. Perhaps, given West's antics last year, the stars had learned a lesson.

Irish Independent

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