Ouch. Whatever you do, do not ask Lady Gaga if she thinks it’s creepy that she refers to herself in the third person sometimes. She’ll only vaguely belittle you. T magazine’s Horacio Silva asked just this question, and Gaga responded thusly:
… if you’re an artist, it’s not … I don’t live my life in the way someone like you does. I live my life completely serving only my work and my fans. And that way, I have to think about not what is best for my vagina but what is best for my fans and for me artistically.
I don’t really listen to Lady Gaga, but I’ve definitely told off some detractors of her wardrobe. (Seriously, making fun is like the LEAST interesting response to her uncanny fashion sensibilities.) I like her over-the-top, somewhat post-sex styles — they add some fancy to what can be a bland pop culture universe. I also appreciate that she speaks openly about her present celibacy. She can’t get to know anyone, so she doesn’t feel responsible sleeping with anyone. It’s not how everyone chooses to do things — and I guess it’s not a choice Gaga makes specifically for her vagina, apparently — but when you’re a spokesperson for M.A.C.’s AIDS fund, it aligns.
All of that to say, I was a mildly disappointed with the T interview. Maybe my expectations are just high, but for all of the artists Gaga talks about collaborating with — “Terence Koh or Francesco Vezzoli or Frank Gehry” — I really wanted her to know what the word “artifice” meant. Also, I know she lives her life very differently than moi — I don’t just, thank you, thank you, serve my work and fans – but “someone like me” still talks about herself in the third person sometimes. Ashley out.