Lady Gaga is nowhere near done doing interviews about Born This Way, and holy crap did she offend us by telling Time Out London she can't bear to watch her ridiculously amazing nine-minute epic video for "Telephone" anymore. "I hate it so much," she said (via NME). "Beyoncé and I are great together. But there are so many f------ ideas in that video. All I see in that video is my brain throbbing with ideas -- and I wish I had edited myself a little bit more."
Seriously? The awesome "Telephone" video bothers you, but not that pointless abomination "Judas," which is also throbbing with ideas -- very, very bad ideas? The Jonas Åkerlund-directed "Telephone" mini-movie explored excess in itself, so all the cartoonish violence, nudge-nudge wink-wink product placements, stilted dialogue, and dancing prisoners served a larger point. "Judas," which was helmed by newbie directors Gaga and her choreographer Laurieann Gibson, reads like jibberish, a bunch of disconnected religious ideas hastily tossed together in an attempt to stir up controversy.
We've seen her lack critical distance from her art before: Case in point, "Lady Gaga's Ears Are Broken," a.k.a. the time she denied "Born This Way" sounds anything like Madonna's "Express Yourself." If that curiosity nagged you, definitely check out the long, fawning interview Stephen Fry conducted with Gaga for the Financial Times. "I genuinely love her so much," Gaga said of Madonna. "I think she is so amazing. She could never be replicated and, yes, I'm Italian, I'm from New York, and not for nothing, it's not my fault that I kind of look like her, right? So, look, if anything it's more annoying to me that people would insinuate that I don't like to be compared to her. ... She's certainly inspired my album, as did David Bowie, as did Prince, as did Michael Jackson, as did Grace Jones, and I would never take that away."
If you're keeping score, that's a compliment followed by a hallucination followed by a truth.
- Time Out London
- Lady Gaga