Archive for June, 2010

The Lady Gaga Effect?

June 22, 2010

I just have to comment about this growing effect that I have noticed in conjunction with the most recent Lady Gaga incidents.

Lady Gaga goes to a Mets game , gets mad because there are photographers there ( uummm understandable it is a Mets game thus the paparazzi would be present ), gets pissed off, makes a scene, strips down to her undies and displays her middle finger.

Next,  her behavior continues on as she causes a commotion at a Yankees game. If you ask me as a Behavior Analyst, Lady Gaga has alot of attention seeking behaviors.

However, she wrote a song about the paparazzi. I guess Lady Gaga does not want the paparazzi to love her any more???

I grew up while Madonna was developing though I did not like her at all.  A real female rock singer who is much more talented in my opinion is Pat Benatar. Though Lady Gaga at times is mimicking Madonna’s foot steps. They both resorted to extremes in videos, at concert performances and now in public.

Ever since Lady Gaga has come to the music scene I have noticed other female singers  changing their behavior and pushing more towards the extreme as well – Christine Aguilera, Pink, Katy Perry etc. Aren’t they skilled singers? All of a sudden they are performing at music award shows flying in the air, performing at concerts and on videos wearing practically no clothes and resorting to very high sexual content. It is almost as if they are all competing for who can be the most daring.

Music is made for the sensory mode of hearing. What happened to sticking to the artistry of creating and performing music to enjoy rather than it being shocking escapades?

What is this all teaching our younger generations? Personally and professionally, I don’t think it is good.

I remember when MTV first came on cable tv. I had to go over to a friends house to watch and it was really cool. The music videos of the late 80’s compared to today’s content have really gotten blatant.

It was interesting to note that others are wondering what is up with Lady Gaga too. Such as ;

“This woman is a jerk. I ( dislike ) her,” Jerry Seinfeld said on WFAN radio Monday night, although he conceded she is talented. “I don’t know why she’s doing this stuff. I don’t know what these young people think or how they promote their careers. I’m not one of these all-publicity-is-good people. People talk about you need exposure — you could die of exposure.”

Seinfeld told WFAN host Steve Somers he’s had enough of Lady Gaga, but that he wishes her the best — though he was quick to tack on, “You take one ‘A’ off of that and you’ve got ‘gag.'”  “You give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we’re living in now?”

I really think this is sad that Lady Gaga, who by the way I think is MORE musically talented than Madonna, has to resort to such dramatic lengths. She IS musically talented and creative, she is a former Julliard student.

Many are interested in her music alone, not her drama. I wish Lady Gaga would realize this.

To prove my point, I have been watching America’s Got Talent and loved this particular performance by Alice Tan Ridley.

Now did Alice have to resort to drama?  NO

Alice just simply showcased her classy, singing talent!  Notice how the crowd and judges reacted to her singing in a very positive manner. Now she is a good role model for all generations – young and old.

Alice, you got my VOTE 100 %. Hope you win and your dreams come true. Thank you for sharing your talents with everyone.