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Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress: Art or Cruelty?

Updated on September 15, 2010
The songstress hugs Cher at 2010 VMAs.
The songstress hugs Cher at 2010 VMAs.

Pop star Lady Gaga has become synonymous with bizarre fashion choices. In her unapologetic quest for fame she has worn everything from a silver encrusted lobster headpiece to a dress fashioned from Kermit the frog clones.

Her hunger for avant-garde wearables is only appeased by throwing substantial amounts of money around. Custom designs by Giorgio Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier don`t come cheap. At times she has taken on design duties herself as was the case with the headpiece to match her slinky bridal miniskirt.

Gaga was plastered on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan earlier this month (September 10th) in a bikini made from cuts of beef. This was apparently the start of a fashion campaign designed to piss off animal rights activists and vegetarians.

Every time eyebrows are raised Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta cheers with delight. The only type of media attention is the good kind, right?

She continued with the theme when accepting the "Video of the Year" award for "Bad Romance" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. When she commented "I never thought I'd be asking Cher to hold my meat purse," the less observant noted that she was indeed wearing a get-up made from thinly-sliced slabs of meat. Her dress, hat, shoes and handbag were all made from raw cuts procured from the butcher shop.

We now arrive at the obvious question. Has Lady Gaga gone too far? Scroll down to vote or share your thoughts in the comment section.

Lady Gaga showing off her outfit.
Lady Gaga showing off her outfit.

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The Backlash

Gaga was blasted by animal rights workers for the racy Vogue shot. She wasn’t fazed and unrepentantly went ahead with a similar stunt at the MTV Video Music Awards, this time on a larger scale. Yet again activists have become angered, urging her to stop the trend of wearing cow flesh or risk losing her vegan and animal-loving followers.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, stated, “In that (music) business Lady Gaga has a hard time being 'over the top' and wearing a dress made out cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people upset by butchery than impressed by it, and that means a lot of young people will not be buying her records if she keeps it up.”

There is a possibility that the meat worn by Gaga wasn’t the genuine article. Even if this is the case, it is doubtful that it will make a difference. It is the symbolism of the slaughtering of animals that is most offensive. If an animal was indeed killed for the sake of raising eyebrows, that merely puts more gasoline on the fire.

Wearing fur was once fashionable among celebrities before the tides turned; and that was something acceptable and mainstream. Now consider the dangers of being typecast as someone who unapologetically makes a show of wearing animal products. Lady Gaga stands out and in a way that may damage her career. Gaga’s insensitivity may have greater repercussions than she realizes as pop music is as disposable as beef flanks.

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      KnowledgeSpeaks 

      7 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Wow, even if that isn't real, it still looks really gross. Especially the shoes!

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