Anyone who’s even faintly familiar with Lady Gaga knows that she’s renowned for wearing extremely outlandish outfits. But does her latest eccentric getup, appearing in newsstands nationwide, make her appear to have gone a little too overboard?
Sweeping the last award of the night during MTV’s Video Music Awards, aired this past Sunday, September 12, Lady Gaga walked up on stage completely decked out in…BEEF. Gaga claimed her Video of the Year award, acceptance speech and all, wearing a dress made out of raw beef combined with a matching blood red beef headpiece resembling the shape of an uncooked, tenderized steak. Meat boots and a meat purse, which she later asked Cher to hold for her, finished off the outfit.
So what exactly possessed Gaga to sport an outfit made out of raw beef, a style that has consequently upset many vegetarian and vegan fans alike?
The meaty outfit was intended to portray to her distaste for the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
“Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth,” Gaga said during a chat on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. “However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening … If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat,” she stated.
Ellen, a vegetarian, then jokingly whipped out a bikini made out of kale and a skirt constructed of what appeared to be lettuce, and gave it to Gaga. Without hesitation, she held the meat-free outfit up in front of her.
Lady Gaga’s barbaric outfit has generated some criticism from PETA.
As posted on PETA’s blog site, “Meat is the decomposing flesh of a tormented animal who didn’t want to die, and after a few hours under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh it is and likely be crawling in maggots—not too attractive, really.”
Supposedly Eminem refused to sit next to fleshy-dressed Gaga, in which PETA claims was a good choice.
“According to Dr. Larry Franks, the chief scientific adviser for Grow Green Industries, Gaga’s flesh frock was a health hazard, since it could potentially spread E. coli bacteria, which lives in animals’ intestinal tracts and *** and frequently contaminates dead animal flesh,” stated on one of PETA’s recent blog posts.
I know I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to sit next to her, no matter how many awards she won that night. Did I like Gaga before? Well, I definitely found her amusing. Do I dislike her now? No, but I’ve certainly lost a little respect for her. There are surely other and better ways to voice your distaste for America’s gay rights laws.
What are your thoughts on Lady Gaga’s meat suit?