June 8, 2010

Gaga's Alejandro Video OR The Debut of The Machine Gun Bra


That is sort of a lot to process and I cannot wait for Ari to Pop Up Video me through it with factoids and gagasymbolism. "That snow was also used in the Sound of Music" -Ari, probably.


  1. DEFINITELY not as good as Telephone and not favorite by far. I want to know if anyone can tell me what she's trying to say here. While it is very interesting and compelling to watch, I want to know what she's trying to tell the world. Any help out there?

  2. Like I said, Ari is RESIDENT AUTHORITY on things Gaga. But I remember reading somewhere (most likely on LateNews.com) that a lot of the video is about her lusting after her gay BFFLs and not being able to have them because of how gay BFFLs work.

  3. In the words of the rapper from "Ask a Gay Dude," "What the fuck is up with Lady Gaga!? I'M NOT FEELIN' THE GAGA!"

    But seriously, why do gay people love Lady Gaga so much. To me, she appears to be sort of a tramp selling intensely sexual but totally unrelated images and bad music (I have heard a million similes for saying how hot something is, and "hotter than Mexico" is maybe the worst. Even "hotter than Nevada in the summer" would have been an upgrade).

    So my question is this: why Gaga? She seems to be terrible at music, and surely there are other places on the internet you can find shirtless buff men, no? I just don't see why we can't go back to having gay icons that are talented and not complete trash (Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman were even hookup buddies!)

  4. Vogue, Like A Prayer, Justify My Love, Evita= Madonna. This video paid homage to all of these music videos (with Vogue and Like a Prayer being the most obvious imho)

    Also, the most important question: Does Alejandro have his papers?


    I will have more for you, but I was gone for the day and only got to watch the video once...let the literary wheels turn...

    Also, thank you for using Ace of Base as your example of a pop up video because as you know, Gaga said Alejandro's composition is based off of Ace of Base, and ABBA (which is why she used the name Fernando in the song, it is one of ABBA's biggest hits and is found on the Gold Album http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_(song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQsjAbZDx-4

  5. and if anyone has seen Cabaret, the video is said to pay homage to that too (hence, the men wearing fishnets and the choreography is apparently dedicated to someone famous)

  6. Ari, Alejandro is more than simply based off of Ace of Base, it is Don't Turn Around, just with stupider lyrics. Here's a great mash-up video that basically shows they are the same song.


    Yes, there are tons of Cabaret references. She basically is Sally Bowles for part of it and all her dancers are donned in attire very similar to that of the Emcee.

    Also, Lady Gaga stated about the video: "it's a celebration and an admiration of gay love—it confesses my envy of the courage and bravery they require to be together."

    Am I the only one who finds it slightly offensive that she openly expresses her desire to live in oppression and her jealousy of the position that the gay individual is placed in our society. I'm not trying to say that I do not think that she is a great advocate for LGBT rights. She certainly has stuck up for our community in a way that few other artists have, but sometimes, especially after comments like this, I wonder how informed she is of the issues or whether or not, for lack of a better word, she is simply another "fag hag."

  7. It's almost like she's going out of her way to pander to a certain segment of the population in order to sell records and concert tickets to them!

    She is like Larry the Cable Guy for the LGBTQommunity.

  8. I would agree that Alejandro is the weakest of the newer videos she's made, but "weak" from Gaga is still way more interesting that anything coming from Christina, Britney, Ke$ha, etc. these days.

  9. Gays in military outfits. Political Message there?

    Hypersexuality in a nun's habit. Personal Message there?

    Crosses and crucifixes EVERYWHERE (including her crotch). Religious Message there?

    Featuring, at length, homoerotic images in a widely publicized music video. Social Statement there?

  10. Jack, every Ace of Base song is the same...

  11. the machine gun bra debuted in austin powers.