Lady Gaga Feuds With The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney & An ‘NYT’ Critic On Twitter

Carl Williott | October 20, 2016 9:29 am

Was the presidential debate not enough of a trainwreck for you? Well here’s a couple of needlessly messy low-grade social media feuds involving some of pop’s biggest names, one of rock’s biggest names and a prominent music critic. Lady Gaga‘s been on the defensive about her new material all week — she responded to The Chainsmokers, who said “Perfect Illusion” sucks — and she set her sights on two other opinion-havers last night, taking Twitter response shots at both The Black KeysPatrick Carney and Jon Caramanica, whose Joanne review for the New York Times went up Wednesday (October 19).

First, during a Vice News Tonight segment earlier this week, the notorious pop shit-stirrer Carney made a joke comparing the guitar in “Perfect Illusion” to the guitar in Hulk Hogan‘s “Real American” theme song. “I’m lost because the guitar at the top of the song sounds so shitty — it sounds like Hulk Hogan is playing the guitar,” he said on the show, before admitting the track was growing on him. Producer Mark Ronson then pointed out on Twitter that Carney also told Ronson “Uptown Funk,” which was certified Diamond this week, “wouldn’t work,” and that’s when Gaga chimed in. Bloodpop also stepped in to defend Gaga’s honor.

Gaga’s response didn’t exactly make sense because Carney is a drummer? But Carney explained himself anyway, with the help of the Hulkster’s video, and Ronson then said it was water under the bridge.

Shortly after all that was blown out of proportion, Gaga zeroed in on Caramanica’s tepid NYT review of the album and started her own media feud. It was headlined “Lady Gaga’s Stripped-Down New Album Fishes for Inspiration,” and Gaga defended herself by explaining the inspiration behind album closer “Angel Down.”

Considering Gaga has hammered home the point that Joanne is her most personal work to date, it’s understandable that any criticisms, however harsh or light-hearted, are eliciting strong reactions from her. There’s no problem with an artist defending herself — but from this point on she needs to pick her battles so that she doesn’t reach “take her phone away” levels of Twitter messiness.