Lady Gaga is sanctimonious, whiny, boring in new Rolling Stone interview

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Lady Gaga has officially run out of crap to talk about. That’s what happens when you’re on the cover of every magazine in the span of a year, a year in which you’re also touring endlessly and getting coked out of your mind: you literally have nothing new to say. You have no new stories. You have no interesting anecdotes. So, for Gaga’s latest Rolling Stone interview, she just gives us some meh soundbytes about how she was bullied for being different (wah), how she feels like Rocky (as in, Stallone), and how she’s not a famewhore. If you’d like to read Rolling Stone’s full excerpt, go here. Here are some highlights:

Performing: “When I am not onstage I feel dead,” she says. “Whether that is healthy or not to you, or healthy or not to anyone, or a doctor, is really of no concern to me. I don’t feel alive unless I’m performing, and that’s just the way I was born.”

Rocky IV: In the story, Gaga reveals that she’s recently derived a lot of inspiration from an unlikely source: Rocky IV. “My favorite part is when Apollo’s ex-trainer says to Rocky, ‘He is not a machine. He’s a man. Cut him, and once he feels his own blood, he will fear you.’ I know it sounds crazy, but I was thinking about the machine of the music industry. I started to think about how I have to make the music industry bleed to remind it that it’s human, it’s not a machine.”

How she felt when she first came on the music scene: “Being myself in public was very difficult,” she says. “I was being poked and probed and people would actually touch me and touch my clothes and be like, ‘What the f-ck is that,’ just so awful. It was like I was being bullied by music lovers, because they couldn’t possibly believe that I was genuine.”

She was bullied: “Being teased for being ugly, having a big nose, being annoying,” she says. “’Your laugh is funny, you’re weird, why do you always sing, why are you so into theater, why do you do your make-up like that?’ . . . I used to be called a slut, be called this, be called that, I didn’t even want to go to school sometimes.”

On her fans: “We have this umbilical cord that I don’t want to cut, ever,” she says. “I don’t feel that they suck me dry. It would be so mean, wouldn’t it, to say, ‘For the next month, I’m going to cut myself off from my fans so I can be a person.’ What does that mean? They are part of my person, they are so much of my person. They’re at least 50 percent, if not more.”

On being a famewhore: She is annoyed at the suggestion by some critics that her main goal is to attract attention. “I have attention,” she says, and begins addressing her critics directly. “Is it that you believe that I am attention-seeking or shock for shock’s sake, or is it just that it’s been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have? Perhaps it’s been a couple of decades since there’s been an artist that’s been as vocal about culture, religion, human rights, politics. I’m so passionate about what I do, every bass line, every EQ. Why is it that you don’t want more from the artist, why is it that you expect so little, so when I give and give, you assume it’s narcissistic?”

[From Rolling Stone]

Yeah, her argument for why she’s NOT just seeking attention for attention’s sake doesn’t really hold water. She’s not doing this crap just because she’s an ARTIST or because she’s a STUDENT of ART. That’s why she does some stuff, granted. But she does other stuff because she’s a coked-up idiot trying to be shocking just for the sheer idea of being “shocking”. And when she does that (hint: JUDE-AH!), it fails miserably. And can Gaga stop with the friggin’ pity party? She’s one of the most popular recording artists of the past decade, she has legions of fans and gobs of money. Stop whining, bitch! This is what happens in The Bubble, you know? She needs some new experiences.

This killed me though: “Or is it just that it’s been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have? Perhaps it’s been a couple of decades since there’s been an artist that’s been as vocal about culture, religion, human rights, politics.” How sanctimonious. How wrong.

I will say this, though: I don’t hate the photoshoot. I like the simplicity of the cover shot, and this (below) is my favorite photo from the shoot. I think Gaga looks like a woodland nymph. I shouldn’t say that. I’ll give her ideas.

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Photos courtesy of RS’s slideshow.

 

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  1. DenG says:

    She’s no more vocal about “culture, religion, human rights, politics” than the Madonna Monster was. Madonna said her goal was “to rule the world”. And make money. And be superior. Icons my ass.

  2. Rosalind says:

    She needs to go away for a while. Let us miss her. Ngl though, I like her.

  3. DesertRose says:

    Maybe the best thing she could do for her fans is to disappear for awhile and come back fresh. If she really is as artistic as she says, this act while tire and she’ll move on to something different, that hopefully, I will like better.

  4. jessica says:

    She is looking more and more like Marilyn Mason.. heeby geebyz!!

  5. Lisa says:

    At the beginning, I was a huge fan. However, now the music is terrible and her attitude makes me want to throw up. Being a former “music geek” at school, I know what it’s like to be bullied and unpopular. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that, but it’s getting old. Gaga has definitely oversaturated the market now. After seeing her special with Ben Mulrooney, all I saw was a vapid, self-obsessed attention-seeker. Sorry Gaga, I will always treasure hearing the first minute of Poker Face on the radio, but now I’m done.

  6. vickie says:

    considering that she is madonna’s mini-me and that madonna has never believed in over-exposure, i think we’ll never be finished listening to these endless interviews.

  7. Melissa says:

    Didn’t Marilyn Mason do the whole religion shock crap like 10 years ago…she isn’t orginal in her shock for attention gig. I can’t stand her..she tries too damn hard…over it. I liked her before she started to try too hard..her new songs suck so I guess she has to attract attention for something…

  8. MollyB says:

    Rarely does an artist work SO HARD to get our attention only to have so little to say once she has it.

  9. Onyx XV says:

    What else is new? I’d say that “sanctimonious, whiny and boring” is the most accurate description of her I’ve ever read!

  10. RHONYC says:

    i remember when Jonny Depp used to be one of my faaaaavorite actors. why? because he rarely did interviews. once POTC came out & Disney probably contracted him to do press, i got annoyed with him. ya know all the blah, blah, blah chow-chow of how living in France is better & the US sucks, etc. :-(

    anyway…after watching ‘Public Enemies’ on cable last month, i remembered my love for him, why?

    he’s one of the greatest actors of my generation. period.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    saying all that, to say:

    i wouldn’t even finish reading that article because Gaga starts to bore me with her words. her interviews.

    i will admit that after watching her HBO concert in MSG…
    the bitch got me back. I’M BACK GODDAMIT! :lol:

    BLEW. MY. SH*T. AWAY!

    her live performance made me forgive her a thousand times for those horrendous ‘BTW’ & ‘Alejandro’ videos.

    she can dance her ass off and not in a ‘shake her c*nt’ kinda way (Beyonce), but in an Alvin Ailey, crazy intricate moves, threw her body backwards on the floor kinda way. AMAZING.

    her voice is incredible and not lip synced.
    she gives her fans shout outs and is super thankful to them. the costumes, dancers, band & set, PHENOM!!! ;-)

    i did download her album for 99 cents on Amazon (still available) and i have to say BTW sounds better listened to on my *shame* heartbeats earphones. i really like the rock vibe on it. her voice is giving some Pat Benatar & Taylor Dayne (both legendary badass NYC singers) vibes.

    lookit, my kid studies opera and after listening to her live stage voice said astounded, “i wanna sing like her’.

    i hate her interviews, love some videos, hate some videos, some songs i don’t like, some I love, but her stage show can’t be denied.

    that f*ckett even made me put my paws up, shit! :mrgreen:

  11. MarenGermany says:

    “When I am not onstage I feel dead,” she says.
    THIS is THE definition of fame-whore.

  12. LadyJane says:

    She looks like Blossom.

  13. Zoya says:

    She’s the biggest star on the planet yet I’m so indifferent towards her because her existence is nothing but a symptom of what a pathetic simpleminded joke pop stardom/celebrity has become in the age of media oversaturation.

  14. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    @RHONYC Can you really still get her album for 99 cent? Because I got that same email and then I like got busy with other crap and then 12am rolled around and the email said it was only avail for the 23.

    I love the pictures for the photoshoot too. The one where LG is in the yellow flowers is to die for. Loves her.

  15. RocketMerry says:

    Totes agree! The interview is crap but the photos, and especially the cover, are beautiful.

  16. louise says:

    What’s wrong with her boobs? The left one looks bigger (fuller) than the right.

  17. Quest says:

    I like her better (gouging out eyes) with the heavy make-up on.

  18. Bf says:

    RHONYC: you don’t know real muscians if you consider her a great artist. How about Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and his The Wall tour. Now that is an experience!

  19. RHONYC says:

    @ LOVE ANGELINA

    Perez said she extended it for all of today because Amazon got bombarded & had techno difficulty yesterday.

    that’s a HUGE thanks to her fans and almost no one does this anymore (Kanye did free downloads, tho)

    get it! ;-)

  20. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    OMG RHONYC You like saved my life. I stopped reading Perez’s site so I had no idea that they put it back up for 99 cent. I just got the album from Amazon. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!!!!!

  21. Julie says:

    ‘Sanctimonous’ fits her like a glove. So what if she can sing and dance? Is she the first person to do so? No! The way she is going on as if she is the messiah of music is SICK. The way she is going on as the only true advocate of gay people is NAUSEATING!! The way she goes on as the only celebrity with fans who worship her is LAUGHABLE!!! Caca, better people have come before you and they are still coming!

  22. LindaR says:

    So young, so full of herself, she will be replaced in a couple of years by someone else with no originality and this Rolling Stone issue will be at the bottom of birdcages.

  23. kimm says:

    If she is trying to be the ugliest she can be, it worked!!!!!

  24. Crys says:

    does anyone else think her head looks too big on this cover? hmmmmm…

  25. RHONYC says:

    @ Bf

    hmm…

    i’ve seen awesome live performances from Queen, Bowie, P-Funk, The Stones, Ozzy, Chaka Khan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, Cyndi Lauper & METALLICA.

    but yeaaah…you’re right.

    no ‘R-E-A-L’ musicians there!

    stfdd. ;-)

  26. Me says:

    I like how she thinks people cant live without her. Honey you make music.

  27. jover says:

    Agree with posts esp. zoya’s; it’s repulsive for her to think she’s the only one to yammer on about culture, politics, religion (lady xerox these subjects are discussed endlessly in low to high brow venues, sourcesjournals etc. what self-absorbed egg are you living in?); what is both pathetic and funny is that she is largely a corporate music industry creation, and with all artificial creations, the vacancy and soullessness eventually comes out. How can her fans be so deluded about this money machine?

  28. Charlotte says:

    She believes so heartily that she’s the most original and greatest musician/artist on the planet. And that’s what makes her such a huge turn off to me. There are better singers, better songwriters and there are certainly better offerings of music than what she’s shelling out. She makes dance music, for crying out loud. She ain’t the be all end all, and I think that’s what drives me nuts about her. She truly thinks she’s better than everyone else.

  29. original kate says:

    “i’m amazing, i’m a genius, i’m so original” blah blah blah…

    good lord, woman – just STFU.

  30. Deb says:

    This interview reads like the same stuff she says in every interview I’ve read by her. Every interview is “I was bullied”, “I feel dead when not performing”, “I do this for my art”, blah, blah, blah.

  31. DetRiotgirl says:

    I confess, I actually do like some of her music. SOME of it. But, the way she goes on in interviews like she’s the second coming totally kills whatever small affection I might have otherwise had for her.

    This chick seriously thinks she’s some kind of tortured genius, when in truth she is just a mediocre narcissist. At least with the other marginally talented singers out there, I can come up with some sort of redeeming quality to their personality to make up for their hit or miss music.

    For example, for me Katy Perry’s music ranges from pleasantly unremarkable to utterly horrible. But, I can’t totally hate her because she’s said repeatedly in print that she’s aware she can be replaced at any second by a younger pop tart with bouncier boobs. Her time is limited by public interest, and she knows that. I can at least respect her sense of reality there.

    For all her faults, one thing I’ve always appreciated about Madonna is that she’s never claimed she had a great voice. In fact, I remember her talking about taking voice lessons and being scared of failure during the making of Evita. Madonna has worked her ass off over the years to be who she is, and part of the reason she’s had such longevity is because she has always worked to improve her act. I can respect her ability to adapt and grow.

    FFS, even Beyonce has more humility than this overgrown theater brat! Sure, Beyonce “borrows” a lot of her “artist vision” from other people. But, at least she usually admits to the source of her thievery. Eventually, anyway.

    What does Gaga bring to the table? She has no perspective on her place in the world, whatsoever. Her ego makes Kanye’s look travel sized. She doesn’t grow or adapt beyond changing her outfit, and has nothing relevant to say about anything. Also, it BURNS ME UP that she won’t admit the obvious influences on her from other artists (read: copycatting) seen throughout her career.

    She’s so utterly unlikable in interviews, it makes me want her to fail no matter how good her album is. Which, btw, the album is not. I’ve heard it and, while it is better than I was expecting, it’s not great and is certainly nothing to write home about.

    The best tracks IMO are Government Hooker, Sheisse and Bloody Mary, with Bloody Mary being the only truly interesting track in the bunch. The rest either sound like Madonna hold overs circa the True Blue era (not entirely without their fun moments, but nothing I haven’t heard a thousand times before), or are complete garbage (such as highway unicorn. Ugh, I just can’t with that title…).

  32. Jessipalooza says:

    I don’t know why everyone has this sudden hatred for Lady Gaga. It wasn’t too long ago that everyone liked her. I don’t mind her at all. I still like her music, I like her eccentricity, and I like what she stands up for (gay rights, etc).

  33. Blue says:

    i don’t know how many times i said wtf reading that interview. She’s really into herself but doesn’t really seem to realize how into herself she sounds while saying she isn’t into herself :D

  34. RHONYC says:

    @ LOVE ANGELINA

    you’re so very welcome…my pleasure!

    let me know what you think of these tracks…i think they hit hard:

    03.Government Hooker
    07.Scheiße
    08.Bloody Mary
    10.Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)
    11.Heavy Metal Lover
    12.Electric Chapel
    13.You and I

    you know i have all Kanye’s free mp3 downloads from his ‘G.O.O.D. Fridays’ promotion that he did for ‘My Dark Twisted Fantasy’.

    some very good tracks which weren’t even on the album. some i like more than others, but i think it’s chill as sh*t when an artist of that caliber is giving away free well-produced music.

    nice to know that not ALL artists are out to buttf*ck us.
    (shout out to tabi Bonney & Res!) ;-) in this economy i need every leg up i can get!

  35. Jaded says:

    She’s a self-absorbed, pontificating egomaniac trying to disguise herself behind the “tortured, bullied artiste trying to bring culture and oneness to the world”. Yawn…it’s been done a thousand times before honey, you’re no more original than a fruitfly.

  36. ghoulish_moose says:

    I feel the backlash has begun.
    She’s so over exposed these days that people are starting to get sick of her.

    I agree with Lisa, in the beginning she was fun and fresh and a little bit different and people liked her. But now she thinks she’s some sort of messiah. “Mother Monster?” Pathetic. Its weird and this album is nowhere near as good as The Fame. The songs all sound the same and are mediocre at best. She takes herself too seriously, it’s such a shame that she believes her own hype.

    I’m still a fan but I wish we saw more of the old Gaga =(

  37. Meghan says:

    Everytime I hear anyone speak of Lady Gaga, I am instantly reminded of an episode of Jeopardy a few weeks ago where they played part of a song and the contestants were supposed to identify the artist. The song was “Born This Way” and only one person answered and he said “Madonna?” and I laughed so hard. Because they didn’t play the chorus or anything, the only reason I knew it was “Born This Way” was because you could hear it at the tail end, when the guy was ringing in.

  38. Deven says:

    I can’t understand why she thinks anyone cares.

  39. Nikki Girl says:

    I do love that she appreciates her fans so much and is very vocal about it. And I love how vocal she is about the whole “be yourself” thing and how into gay/lesbian rights she is, but other than that, I don’t see how she’s really gotten into “culture, religion, human rights, politics” as she says…that’s a load of bullsh*t right there.

  40. kwoww says:

    its an act. she’s doing a character to make all of this an inside joke only she knows the punchline to.

  41. Nev says:

    where is the new Madonna album already????????????????????????????

  42. Kitty_Cal says:

    Is it me or does her face resemble Lois Griffin from Family Guy on that cover photo? It’s the nose…

  43. Riana says:

    Yep….you can see the backlash all up and through these comments. Oh well, you clicked on this link then you were checking for her which is only feeding the ‘mother’ monster.

    She annoys me in some bits but I also respect and enjoy her in other bits. I think some folks take it too seriously (both those in favor and against her) and I also think some people are genuinely pissed off she can’t be what they expect her to be as if she owes them that.

    Heaven forbid she not be cordial, sweet, humble, modest, quiet…yadda yadda. Don’t care.

    I like her music and she’s committed no personal offenses I can truly dislike her for. In other words she fulfills all I expect from a musician and performer and all her other opinions on other topics are for the fools who want to be angered by them.

  44. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    @RHONYC I am finally putting the songs on my Ipod and I will let you how I like those tracks. I do wish Lady Gaga could have done Egde of Glory with just the piano accompaniment like she did on SNL. It sounded much better that way then the album version.

  45. sammib says:

    Shut UP woman! God can someone shove something in her mouth and make her stop?

  46. futureperfect says:

    She’s the consummate corporate whore. Major tech pr strategies have been innovated to sell her album. We are the test monsters.

  47. crab says:

    In the top photo it looks like she has a set of balls and a shaft sitting on her head!

  48. Anna says:

    “she can dance her ass off and not in a ‘shake her c*nt’ kinda way (Beyonce), but in an Alvin Ailey, crazy intricate moves, threw her body backwards on the floor kinda way. AMAZING.”

    She can’t dance well at all, infact, her dancing is very amateur and her choreographies super cheesy

  49. RHONYC says:

    @ LOVE ANGELINA

    super!

    she actually just recently did the season finale of SNL and performed ‘Judas’ & a snippet of ‘Edge of Glory’ just on piano…and you can really here how beautiful a song it is more so than the dance version.

    check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI2zk2ptNXw

    ;-)

  50. Val says:

    That bitch is crazy. Just sayin’

  51. jenni says:

    I like her. She’s just young and passionate, nothing wrong with that. Madonna comparisons are not valid. Madonna relied heavily on other song writers and musicians, and still does. Gaga can play any of her songs acoustic and you see she is a real musician. I like Gaga because she proves a woman can be the *creative* force in her music, WITHOUT endless collaboration and creative help and tweaking from powerful male artists in the industry. I don’t think any other female artists on Gaga’s level (fan/popularity wise) can say that.

  52. Tiffany says:

    RHONYC the artists are not there to bu****ck you. The record companies are. Most musicians can’t even make enough to live on, and I am talking excellent musicians that have record deals. Most labels can’t even pay artists to tour.
    Let’s just be straight on who bends who over the desk in that industry. The labels to it to the artists AND the consumers.

  53. Grace says:

    A close friend of mine went to Sacred Heart with Gaga. Apparently, all of this bullying stuff is b.s. She was just, to quote “your typical upper east-side Italian girl”. She didn’t get bullied any worse than anyone else did.
    My friend was so mad when she saw GagA on MTV talking about being thrown in a trash can and called a slut.
    It just plain never happened and she’s making shit up to “connect” with her fans. It’s exploitation.

  54. Gipped says:

    Apart from expressing support for gay equality (gee there’s a controversial opinion in the entertainment world) whT has she EVER said about human rights? Has she ever once expressed any concern for the people of Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan who are bombed with her tax dollars? Has she ever called on Israel to end it’s occupation? Has she ever spoken about the Arab Spring? Has she even once in her pathetic, self absorbed, manufactured life, EVER made any attempt to promote human rights in ways that might dint her income?

  55. Gipped says:

    ” I like Gaga because she proves a woman can be the *creative* force in her music, WITHOUT endless collaboration and creative help and tweaking from powerful male artists in the industry”

    Huh? Have a look a who invented Gaga, told her to change her look, wrote her music, came up with whole schtick, hint, he had a penis. If she could ever do a photo shoot without getting her tits out then I could maybe cop to her being at least an orgial dresser, however plonking fake cheekbones or other fugly accoutrements on her body doesn’t take away from the fact she’s happily buying into the premise that the only good woman is a naked one. Personally nudity doesn’t bother me at all but her use of it is so obviously contrived, and it was also contrived by a man. So much for girl power.

  56. kristen says:

    I like that they say she respects people but then she pulls her finger out ! classy! Love her music not sure about her as person because hello PHysco drama queen there! Love music though Love her song judas.

  57. SJ Donovan says:

    So what, you want her to be Katy Perry too? Please, anonymous blogger, why don’t you give me a list of celebrities who have been as politically active for controversial matters as Lady Gaga has. Like, seriously, give me a list of celebrities who AT THE PEAK OF THEIR FAME still say that the most important moment of their career was playing the National Equality March. Do you know how much she has done for the gay community? ESPECIALLY for younger gays? How many top forty celebrities have written smash hit singles based entirely off the idea that being gay IS OKAY? NONE OF THEM. Sure, they might slip it into a filler track on their album, but never has their EVER been a song of this popularity that has been as openly supportive of gay people EVER. Or that’s said gay without it meaning ‘stupid’ or as an insult.

  58. jay says:

    I’ve always wondered why, out of all the hair colors she has been and used, did she stray away from red?

  59. louise says:

    ” Sure, they might slip it into a filler track on their album, but never has their EVER been a song of this popularity that has been as openly supportive of gay people EVER”

    You do know that a song’s popularity depends on its catchiness right? A song may be recorded by a top artist and can send out a strong message but if it sounds boring then no one will listen to it.

    Some people here are so stupid.

  60. Kate says:

    No one should take herself this seriously. Aside from making people roll their eyes at the sad melodrama of Gaga’s Misunderstood Arteeeeest baloney, it really must suck the fun out of life. On top of that, she’s 25. It’s not like she’s got this wealth of life experience to share, and yet she has the audacity to think of herself as ‘Mother Monster’ (her description on Twitter). Give me a break. I wouldn’t trust this moron to raise a sea monkey.

  61. Annissa says:

    I like her. Her music is utterly catchy, and say what you want about her clothes, but I’d say they’re the most genius part of her brand. No one making music today is ‘original’ so it’s pointless to come down on her for that.

    And why should it bother people for her to refer to herself as ‘Mother Monster’? It’s just something she shares with her fans, who pretty much do worship her.

    The fact that so many people don’t like her just shows that she’s good for music. And for the person who mentioned Katy Perry’s ‘sense of reality’ hah. It gave me a good laugh.

  62. Isabel says:

    I really have tried to like her, because so many people couldn’t be wrong, eh? And she was a fresh breeze at the start. But I never succeeded.

    A while back, when the Telephone video came out (with Beyoncé), I was actually shocked at the artifice and ridiculousness of it. At the same time there was this commotion about Erykah Badu’s Window Seat video, in which she strips naked and gets shot in the streets of Dallas. I was moved to tears by that. No artifice, only heart, soul and sincerity. A woman showing a body that has lived and is not perfect, so vulnerable (and a great song as well). The fact that she was attacked for it and Gaga adored for hiding behind a glamorously hideous mask is hugely reveiling of, well, How Things Are Wrong Nowadays (sounding like my gran, I know ;) )

    Even worse, Stephen Fry is totally and unbelievably into her (Financial Times Mag interview). How disappointing.

  63. john says:

    I have tried to like her new music but it’s just borning when you look at her first cd. As for the video JUDIAS and the dancing i had a good laught and turned it off. Born this way is Madonna’s express yourself. I taught she was going to be a great artist but now i think she is borning .Just stop trying to shock us . Her sales are grea but at 99 cents that says it all. have a break and come back Gaga