Controversy over Lady Gaga’s VMA Meat Debut

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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?

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    September 17, 2010 at 9:57 am

    She meant no disrespect? Did she spend more than two seconds thinking this through, or does absolutely everything that passes through this woman’s mind need to be executed immediately for fear someone will beat her to it? She reminds me of a hyperactive adolescent, willing to do absolutely anything to garner attention. As for me, I am wearing a dress made of Gagas for Halloween. I hope the animals appreciate my protest of one. Peace.

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    September 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I can’t find the connection between the military and raw beef. Perhaps fatigues would have made a stronger (and less disgusting) point. I’m not even a vegetarian and I think that’s gross on so many levels.

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    Vern Myers
    September 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Having made the transition from flexitarian to vegetarian after a lot of soul-searching about the environmental and animal treatment issues surrounding consumption of meat, I found her display to be beyond offensive.

    I’m generally not judgemental or dogmatic, coexisting fine with meat-eating friends, and we mutually respect each others’ life choices. But her display was way beyond any type of behavior that I can respect.

    I also strongly oppose “don’t ask, don’t tell” and strongly support equal marriage rights for ALL, and am at a total loss to understand how meat pertains to these issues.

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    marla {family fresh cooking}
    September 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Hmmmm, that is an interesting one. It is funny-I am so in tune with the food world, but so out of touch with Hollywood, music & the news. Good thing I can visit with you and learn stuff outside my immediate world. This is a great post, not sure what I think of Gaga’s outfit. I don’t think I really care, this is all meant for publicity anyway & that is what she got. I personally would not want to be wearing all that beef, stinky deal 🙂


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    September 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    So dumb. What that woman WON’T do for media attention…positive or negative. It’s sad, really. And the outfit? Disgusting. I love Ellen’s bikini made of kale and lettuce…that was great!!

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    September 19, 2010 at 6:26 am

    i kinda saw the interview with Ellen. haha….she didn’t sound very convincing to me though. (who the heck’s in charge of her PR?) i guess when your marketing is based on shock value, you have to keep raising the stakes. guess she did that :p

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    September 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I’m not a vegetarian but this still seems pretty weird. I wasn’t aware the meat was real, but then I didn’t watch the awards or read anything about it. I have no idea how that could possibly relate to don’t-ask don’t-tell

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    January 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Lady Gaga is cute, smart and courageous. She relies on beyond-edgy-outfit stunts to stay in the news and get a message good coverage. Some stunts work and others don’t. This one didn’t work, and must have been a horrible experience for her. Good try LG….. keep on truckin’ girl.

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