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Lady Gaga visits Dubai, offends everyone in the process

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Lady Gaga decided to take her tour of terror (and Tony Bennett) over to Dubai and Tel Aviv lately, and while there, she dressed in traditional garb that’s completely wrong for the country she’s in (and also that she has no business wearing anyway, according to some people). First she wore Korean clothes in Japan, and now she’s wearing what appear to me to be Indian clothes in the UAE. Does it ever end with this woman?

I get that this is Gaga’s whole schtick, to dress up like she’s part of other times/cultures/ethnic groups, and whatever. She’s not the first person to do it and she won’t be the last. However, her ignorance about the practice just seems really over-the-top. If you’re going to be a cultural appropriator, shouldn’t you  know what culture you’re actually appropriating?

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are soulmates, it seems

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Admittedly, I don’t really “get” the friendship between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. It just seems bizarre. Gaga is crazier than a craphouse rat and Bennett is a classic. Where those two meet in the middle, I’m not sure, but they’ve become absolute best of friends, hanging out together in NYC and recording a jazz album together that’ll be out later this month.

The pair covered the new Parade magazine and were interviewed inside, and while the actual interview is way too long to paste, here are some highlights.

ON HOW CELEBRITY CULTURE HAS CHANGED SINCE TONY BENNETT BECAME A STAR
LG: It’s changed a lot. Celebrity culture now is a culture of humiliation. For young people it’s cool to not care and to be rude and crass. That’s not the way to act…. We’re all being poisoned by what we watch, listen to, read. Everyone’s using the headline that’s going to get them the most clicks. They don’t care about doing the right thing. It’s all about scandal, and selling, and celebrity. When young people finally realize this is happening, there is going to be a revolution. I really hope that this album can be part of that. We say, “You can listen to timeless, beautiful music that’s honest and authentic.”

LADY GAGA ON WHETHER SHE WANTS TO START A FAMILY
LG: I thought I did, because I was feeling kind of finished with all of the chaos of my life. But then I started to spend a lot more time with Tony, and everything just became simpler, more pure, and more perfect. Now I think I’m going to take a lot more time before I have kids and settle down. I just want to sing.

ON WANTING TO GIVE UP
LG: I’m not going to say any names, but people get irrational when it comes to ­money—with how they treat you, with what they expect from you. … But if you help an artist, it doesn’t give you the right, once the artist is big, to take advantage of them. … I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead. And then I spent a lot of time with Tony. He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice. [She begins to cry.] TB: [quietly] I understand. [He holds her hand.] LG: It meant a lot to me, Tony. I don’t have many people I can relate to.

Okay, so these two are clearly soulmates. It’s weird and I don’t get it, but they seem to really love and vibe off each other, so good for them. Maybe Lady Gaga can stay in the jazz world and out of my eardrums permanently. I think that would work!

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Lady Gaga Gets Praised For Her Acting

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Lady Gaga makes a cameo in the upcoming Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For as a waitress, and director Robert Rodriguez couldn’t be happier with her performance, going so far as to say he was, “blown away.” Here’s what he told E! News about his experience working with the mother monster:

I told her she had to be in it. But we needed to find a role small enough that she could do while she was on tour. And then this one popped up.

Gaga shares her scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Rodriguez went on:

We were shooting and it was just a couple of days away. She happened to be on tour in Houston, just a couple of cities away from us in Austin. She was ready. She brought her own wigs! I said, ‘We’re not going to have time to make a wig for you.’ She showed up, we did the scene, she knocked it out of the park and then she was back on tour.

He believes Gaga has what is takes to be an actress, saying,

She would be fantastic. The camera loves her. She’s a great performer. She’s performed twice for me now and I was blown away by her discipline. She studied acting before she became a singer and you could really tell.

Sin City creator Frank Miller even added,

She totally transforms into the part she’s playing to the point that it doesn’t even feel like acting.

Okay, let’s all pause here and just say…”Really?” The little bit of Gaga’s acting I’ve seen has been on the side of atrocious. She sounds like she’s reading off of cue cards. She’s dull and flat with her acting performances, in my opinion. But maybe she steps it up a level (or six) for this movie, who knows? Here’s a still:

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I always appreciate seeing her on the “normal” side.

Who’s going to see this movie? Anyone seeing it specifically for Lady Gaga? Let’s hope her acting doesn’t piss off anymore fans, for her sake.

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