Review Revue: Critics React To Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Video
Lady Gaga gave birth to her “Born This Way” music video yesterday with a flash of choreography, an array of wigs, some nasty-looking goo and one giant machine gun. We assessed that the dark sci-fi clip stood in contrast to the upbeat, pop-filled tone of the song itself. We also pointed out the barrage of references to Madonna’s past work. So what exactly did the rest of the Internet have to say about Gaga’s latest video, you ask? Read on!
* PopEater couldn’t help gushing that the video “is every bit as creative and visually arresting as anything the pop star has ever unleashed on her adoring fans.”
* Entertainment Weekly‘s Music Mix pondered, “…the song itself felt like a major comedown from the mythic, Hitchcockian prelude. That intro proved she’s now the great trickster of American popular culture, passing off irony as sincerity and dogma as truth. In this literal-minded, post-irony Message Board era, no wonder people don’t ‘get’ her. But if we ‘got’ everything she’s trying to do, wouldn’t that rob it of all the fun?”
* The Fader was more interested in The Lady’s fashion: “We know this is technically a music video, but we care more about how Gaga looks than how she sounds … Hope the wigmaster on set was paid handsomely, that pink ponytail is a beaut plus Gaga’s blonde shag looks good.”
* Pink Is The New Blog‘s Trent noted, “To be honest, nothing about this video seems surprising or necessarily inventive … it strikes me as just another Lady Gaga video. In fact, this video in particular struck me as very Marilyn Manson-esque.”
* Pop Trash Addicts, while not particularly fond of the song, was won over by the music video: “The seven-and-a-half-minute extravaganza doesn’t scale the same dizzying heights as ‘Paparazzi’ or ‘Telephone’ but I finally get the Klingon-tastic face implants and low rent sex shop clothing… The not-particularly-subtle vaginal imagery also amuses me. It’s a rather lazy metaphor for creation but I’m a sucker for an old fashioned shock tactic and the visuals remind of 80s Cronenberg.”
* Meanwhile, PopJustice summed it all up in one sentence: “Some good bits, some bad bits, could do with some dogs in it.”
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