Don't put the words 'this is a disaster' in the video by mattsteinglass
March 15, 2010, 10:27 pm
Filed under: Music

…if you don’t want people to make fun of it. Conor Friedersdorf wonders why Lady Gaga didn’t get a better lyrics writer for such a high-profile project. Seems to me the problem isn’t so much the quality of the lyrics as their utter disconnection from the conceit of the video. It’s jarring and silly to watch someone standing in a prison cell, banging on the bars, and complaining that their boyfriend is texting them too often on the dance floor of the club and they can’t respond with a drink in their hand. Though maybe 14-year-olds have some kind of higher post-narrative consciousness that isn’t bothered by this type of incoherence.


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Haha, but don’t you think that the snobbery loses the benefits of understanding cultures other than your own?

In any case, it’s clear that the two protagonists of the video have an activist streak and in the language of their audience they promote female empowerment. Perhaps if it were more high-brow it would be less appealing to target audience. (And sell less media.)

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