Going Gaga over double standards in understanding death

To show you how behind I am on some of the more earthshaking news events in today's world, I just got an email from a friend expressing surprise that I hadn't said anything about an incident I'd never heard of until the email:


I am surprised that you haven't said anything about PETA's condemnation of Lady Gaga for wearing a dress made out of raw meat at the MTV award ceremony 2 days ago. That seems like your kind of story.

It sure as hell did seem like my kind of story, and I don't know how I missed it. Of course, I'm still a bit unclear on the Lady Gaga concept. I take it she's some kind of celebrity, but not actually a member of the Royal Family.

Anyway, it wasn't very hard to find the juicy story ("Lady Gaga's meat dress angers animal rights groups"), so maybe I should be ashamed of my ignorance.

...when Lady Gaga took to the stage to accept an award at last night's MTV Video Music Awards in hat, dress and boots apparently made of various cuts of raw meat, it was a touch outr;é, even for the queen of extreme.

The singer's decision was fiercely criticised by animal rights campaigners. Ingrid Newkirk, the Peta founder, said the outfit - which is thought to have been real meat, although that has not been confirmed - could have a detrimental effect on the artist's record sales.

"In her line of business, Lady Gaga has a hard time being 'over the top', and wearing a dress made from cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to elicit comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that more people are upset by butchery than are impressed by it - and that means a lot of young people will not be buying her records if she keeps it up," she said.

What I find most interesting about the story is Newkirk's definition of meat:
"Meat is the decomposing flesh of an abused animal who didn't want to die..."
How can she know whether any animal wants or does not want to die? Does she think animals understand death?

Obviously, she must think so, otherwise why the statement that the animal didn't want to die?

And if that's the case, then how does she explain PETA's well-documented animal killing campaign? Does anyone know whether the dogs and cats that PETA killed wanted to die?

In light of the picture accompanying the article, I'm also wondering why Cher wasn't also singled out for criticism -- and I don't just mean for holding Lady Gaga's meat purse.

Take a look.


Unless her outfit is fake, Cher is wearing a leather jacket along with high leather boots!

Is not leather the skin of an abused animal who didn't want to die? What's the difference?

Can it be that some cows are more willing to die than others?

posted by Eric on 09.14.10 at 05:34 PM



I'm more concerned about Lady Gaga's (a concept I would also be unclear on, if I didn't have teens in the house) BLATANT waste of meat. Granted that looks like what my mom would call "diaper steak" -- not sure what the American name for it would be -- which is mostly nerves and fat, but heck, one could make a lovely stew from it.

I'm going to sound cynical again -- weirdly, I never thought I was until the comments on my commentary on that photo essay -- but people who claim to protect animals these days really JUST want power over other people.

Sarah   ·  September 14, 2010 11:12 PM

There is so much going on in that picture.

Is Cher 7 feet tall? Is she officially a cyborg yet?

I would like to starve my mastiff for a day then set her lose on Lady Gaga with that outfit (if it was real).

Bram   ·  September 15, 2010 8:45 AM

I am pretty surprised I haven't seen more approbation of 64 year old Cher for wearing that outfit.
She would have looked good in in back in the 70s.
Now? I keep thinking of "Maxine".

Veeshir   ·  September 15, 2010 3:22 PM

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