Lady Gaga has a new look, and it’s ‘Cher in the 1980s’: fab, fug or utter apathy?


Just last week, I was thinking about how weird it is that Lady Gaga had “gone dark” for about a month or longer. I assumed she was off somewhere, licking her proverbial wounds after the explosion of indifference happened after she released her album, ARTPOP. But no. She was off reinventing herself. Into Cher. These are new pics of Gaga in NYC a few days ago. Breaking news: Gaga got a Cher Wiglet. If I could turn back time…!!! Gaga has been tweeting and Instagraming her new wig, saying “I am my new hair.”

Less than two weeks ago, Gaga had to cancel two of her shows in Seattle and Vancouver because she claimed she had bronchitis. Maybe she genuinely had some kind of illness. Singers get sick. For sure. But it also felt like… no one cared. People didn’t care enough. It also felt like everything coming from Gaga these days is half-assed. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if she’s been canceling gigs because she’s been partying, Lohan-style.

So, what are the thoughts on her new wiglet? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you not even care? I think Gaga is really obsessed with every from the 1980s. She loves the fashion, the hair, the music, the decadence, the cocaine. That’s what this looks like to me – another wholly unoriginal “homage” to Gaga’s favorite era. Also: is she wearing eyebrow merkins?!




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  1. Lisa says:

    Ack, gf needs to put some clothes on and fire that make up artist who said, “This contouring will make your face look skinnier!” *SMH*

    • Rice says:

      Are you sure it’s “contouring”? Lol! She stole Gina Montana’s hair.

      • melodycalder says:

        I’m just happy she finally feels like she can be herself on the streets. No more costumes…. 🙂

  2. Dorothy#1 says:

    Her face looks odd and the huge horrible wig can’t hide it!!

    • kri says:

      This is TERRIBLE! It looks like the losing costume in a Cher competition on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She would be shamed off that show for wearing this shit. Those eyebrows look like they came from The John Travolta Collection Of Faux Facial Hair.

    • chaine says:

      My first thought: “LaToya Jackson, is that you?”

  3. Lindy79 says:

    I’d say utter apathy but since I’m posting in here that would make me a liar.
    It’s funny, she cancelled and you heard nothing, when Miley cancelled it was all over the place.

  4. Anna says:

    OMG she look like a right state – trying waaay to hard to be cool again!

    • Chris says:

      When has’t she tried waay to hard to be cool? She and Marilyn Manson are the two biggest try hards of all time.

      Edit: I just showed my eight year old these pics and he said “She’s just doing it for attention”.

  5. QQ says:

    Pressed Thirsty and In Need of attention THE most

    • HH says:

      Right?! Gaga was such a BFD a few years ago… and now? Just a little blip on the radar. I mean, apparently she’s still doing well, but she’s receiving only a mere fraction of the hype she had a couple years ago.

      • Mixtape says:

        ITA, QQ & HH. She’s become a caricature of herself, and it’s hard to distinguish anymore between her and the other pop stars (like Miley) who aren’t as in on the joke. The best thing she could do is kill off Lady Gaga, the character, in some dramatic fashion and then reinvent herself–perhaps as a big-haired, rhinestoned, country music star this time around?

  6. Miss Jupitero says:

    No. Sorry guys, I remember the eighties and big hair, and even Cher was not that hideous.

    • K-rock says:

      Thank you! I’m an 80’s girl and that train wreck was NOT representin’. Looks more to me like the Gaga overdone nonsense. Sure we had big brows and big hair but this just makes her look like a clown.
      I can’t imagine what Cher thought when she saw Googoo. Ugh she just needs to STOP with the nonsense. If she would just do her and focus on her talent (which she has plenty of) and knock off the silly outfits…..

    • StaceyP says:

      Also, we wore freakin pants!

    • Nightykickedout says:

      Agreed Miss J…. No matter what but Cher actually looked better???? (can’t believe I’m saying this…)
      She needs to stop with the wigs and the make-up and the attention seeking.. the clothes are just dreadful…

    • Melanie says:

      My first thought was Roseanne Roseannadanna. For you youngsters, she was a character on SNL.

      Gaga has become an incredibly desperate joke.

  7. Felice says:

    I really do want to see her in London though. I loved her Venus hair that hair colour was so amazing on her. I think ARTPOP part II could be great. I’m not loving this though.

  8. Azurea says:


  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    The 80s called and said put on some pants.

  10. paola says:

    Her shtick is so boring and tiresome. It’s like she lives in Halloweenland every day of the year.

  11. Talie says:

    She looks like the sister from Scarface

  12. Veronica Knowles says:

    God, she really has fallen … She was truly the biggest pop star in the world for a moment …

  13. lower-case deb says:

    well, at least she is persistent
    *my good word of the day

  14. Jackson says:

    Complete and utter apathy. She changes her look every week. Why is she always doing this weird crap? Exhausting.

  15. Sonya says:

    I saw the header pic for this story and before I read it I thought, “Solange is looking BAD after her Jay-Z fight. This must be her punishment.” Girl is looking like the basement baby sister of the Knowles… only worse.

  16. Ag says:


  17. NewWester says:

    If Gaga spent as much time on writing and singing new music , as she does wearing crazy outfits like this, she would be on top of the charts.
    She reminds me of the kid in school who would wear or do anything to get attention

  18. Arie says:

    This could be Miley someday. Loved and hated to the extreme for some time and after a while everybody will get bored with her shtick.
    Can’t wait.

    • Artemis says:

      Au contraire, Gaga’s peak was at the beginning and she couldn’t sustain it. Miley has been in the business for over 10 years, managed to grow bigger AND gain an adult fandom. She’s been quite steady and calculating in her career and doesn’t seem really messy. Just pretend messy.

      Gaga only wishes she can reach the 10 year mark and gain new fans and successfully re-invent herself. At this point, it’s her next album that will determine her shelf life because right now, she’s half done. Bangerz was also a good album so as long as the quality of her music is good, Cyrus has a better chance of surviving the cruel business for another 10 years than Gaga who simply doesn’t make good music anymore.

      • Tapioca says:

        Just FYI: Bangerz has a mere quarter of the US sales of Miley’s first solo album, so if anything they’re both on the same downward spiral, huzzah!

        The only difference is the public’s perception of their current album sales – even though ArtPOP sold in the region of Katy Perry/Beyoncé/Miley, once you’ve shipped 15 million copies of your debut, every follow up is a failure.

        And obviously she doesn’t help herself with the media-stunting.

      • Jayna says:

        Miley was a Disney kid who had built-in tween sales the whole beginning of her career. Gaga started off as an adult singing her own music. Far different.

      • Jayna says:

        There’s something very Beyonice-ish about her in this photo. Her eyes, I think.

      • Artemis says:


        She had the third highest opening week and is pretty much on par with popular pop acts like Perry. You’re talking about eras where her image was super controlled by old white men trying to cash in on her by appealing to kids and teens.

        Please explain where child stars like Duff, the Jonas Brothers, Mandy Moore etc are right now? She ditched that safe image (it could have given her a lot of money until well in her 20s) to target an adult audience. Very hard. Britney and Christina succeeded, Avril failed. For her to be relevant after 10 years and a complete image overhaul is a huge accomplishment and her numbers are great. Furthermore, her music was the best of all the contemporary pop stars but that’s just my opinion.

        Gaga’s music just isn’t good enough. Her shtick is tiring and her music is a far departure of the music she used to make and adults ain’t checking for her ass anymore. Miley understands shtick way better and will navigate better around criticism and re-inventing herself all the while attracting a very diverse audience.

        They called Gaga the next Madonna but she isn’t nearly as thick skinned and savvy as Madonna. Miley is. She already survived so many scandals (that underage half nude thing, Vanity Fair, salvia, Robin Thicke etc etc) and hasn’t buckled under the pressure once while Gaga is clearly too sensitive for the business.

      • Paige says:

        Miley is not the next Madonna. She can’t even sell out tour dates like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, & Katy Perry and she has had way more controversy and drama surrounding her.

      • Artemis says:

        I didn’t call her the next Madonna, I said she has the skills that Madonna has. It’s all about longevity and passion. Miley’s been longer in this game and from a very young age and she has shown herself to be more cunning and daring than any other popstar. There is a lot of thirst coupled with basic talent and the element of surprise, just like Madonna. You never know what’s going to happen with that girl as opposed to the current popstars. Her next album will say a lot about how she handles her career after this hit. Becoming a decent touring act is something she will grow in imo.

  19. bettyrose says:

    Apathy…but if she were still a trend setter I would love to see big curly hair come back in style. For purely selfish curly-haired reasons. Anyway that’s the only reason I clicked this thread.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      Me too! A pro-curly opportunity wasted, instead of going for modern, pretty curls she goes 80’s poofball wiggy nightmare. A stereotype of bad curly hair that is just going to invite lazy curl bashing.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. I think this could have been done with a LOT more skill and come off looking fun and cute. If it was more Whitney era “Wanna Dance with Somebody” without the INSANE eyebrows and contouring.

      She is becoming Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard, but she isn’t even 30 yet. Kinda sad.

  20. MediaB says:

    She needs to retire “Lady Gaga” now, have a few years off, then return as herself if she still wants to perform. Go back to he singer/songwriter roots.

    • Felice says:

      There are rumors about going back to Stephani, which would be lovely because I love her piano ballads.

  21. gobo says:

    Curious. There was a blind reveal on CDAN (yeah, unreliable but… sometimes right) about Gaga befriending Cher then trying to steal her manager, items from her house etc. Which makes this all super creepy if true.

    • Cecilia says:

      I read that too. She pissed off Cher & Cher is quietly taking her down behind the scenes. Love it.

  22. Nicolette says:

    It’s Roseanne Rosanna Danna!!!

  23. Mandy says:

    Holy Moly! I don’t even think Cher’s hair was THAT big! Maybe she is sick, I follow her on instagram (DON’T JUDGE!) and she has posted several pics lately of her laying in bed with her dog. Or she’s just hungover. Who knows.

  24. Lindy79 says:

    What is going on with her an Taylor Kitsch?? He seems so low key.
    I just don’t get it. It would be like dating a toddler in constant need for attention.

  25. Monksolo says:

    She looks like the EW Critic from Drawn Together. Google it for a laugh.

  26. PunkyMomma says:

    I’m thinking Epstein from “Welcome Back, Kotter”

  27. db says:

    Gaga needs to stop playing dress up and get her ass back to work.

    • Jayna says:

      She’s on tour. I would call that working. This is her three-week break before picking back up over in Europe.

      • db says:

        I stand corrected then. I guess I’m just bored with the costume of the day pics.

  28. nicegirl says:

    What the heck is up with the no pants thing?

  29. Kiki says:

    Now Lady Gaga is a total rip-off…… OF CHER and no- one lays a finger on Cher and her costumes. Lady Gaga leave Cher’s corsets and costumes alone.

  30. Jayna says:

    I don’t like her new music and doubt she will release part 2 because of low expectations for sales.

    But her tour is getting great reviews. So she’s not done. She’s still a strong live performer. Although, she wasn’t selling out at a lot of venues in North America, but still pretty packed for the most part.

    I do notice she uses backing vocals a ton and comes in and sings a few places on some songs in parts. There’s no need for that since her choreography is very Britney Spearsish of today, not that much or hard, a lot of hand movements. I suspect that is because of her hip surgery and not overdoing it this tour. She can still sing for sure and belts out beautifully, but she brags about not lip-syncing. But relying on backing vocals for a portion of your show to do the heavy lifting is not Elton John or Dave Gahan or Bruce Springsteen singing the whole show with no assist.

    On Alejandro she let the backing vocals sing instead of her far too often.

    • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

      Good point, but i’m sure you’re aware that lip synching and backing vocals weren’t even used the great bands of the 60s-70s, and they played 3 hour plus concerts, often stoned, and pulled it off. Today’s young performers can’t come close; I’m not a fan of springsteen but he often plays 3 1/2 hour concerts – at 60 plus; the gagas and beyonce’s etc. of today can’t come close. My policy is I read reviews and if a band can’t play live for 2 hours minimum I don’t waste my time or money.
      Gaga has the money – why doesn’t she audition a real band, and go on the road, and actually become a real singer/lyricist drop this silly schtick, SHe actually covered Dyer Maker by zeppelin pre-gaga – Jim Fusilli the excellent music critic for the Wall Street Journal wrote that gaga is what happens when spectacle is elevated to a cultural imperative.

  31. Jen says:

    Did she go away and get plastic surgery? It kind of looks as though she’s had a nose job to me. Maybe it’s just the make-up?

  32. Skins says:

    When is she going to realize that it is over

  33. shannon says:

    Meh. I hate the look, but I can’t really get behind most of her looks. I’m just … not into that whole, “look at me!! I’m craaaazy and artsy!” thing. Maybe I’m too old for it lol But I do think she’s talented, intelligent but also young. She seems to have a nice family, I don’t see her going full Lohan, I certainly hope not! I never really thought Lohan was all that talented as an actress. Gaga really does blow me away when I see her just playing piano and singing. I hope she’s just enjoying her life and not being stupid.

  34. lucy2 says:

    Interesting how quickly someone fades when all their fame is built on spectacle and hype. Which is a shame in her case because she does have some genuine talent. She just focused on the wrong things, got too used to that attention, and now is stuck.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree, it is a shame. I think she is very talented, but seems focused on the wrong things. There are only so many songs you can write about “fame” and money before it sounds really stale…and I think her songs about the more genuine things in her life are absolutely her best (Speechless, You and I) .

  35. DrFunkenstein says:

    Lawdy. Ditch the “something always looks missing,” look. You know, like “pants.” Oh, and by the way, check out the expression on the Doorman’s face. Priceless!

  36. Jemba says:

    She looks like a cheap dwarf prostitute right out of Lord of the Rings….

  37. EscapedConvent says:

    I wouldn’t call that a wiglet. That is a giant, all-encompassing, far-reaching Louis XIV WIG. Upper-case.

  38. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    There is no comparison to Cher. She could try Raggedy Ann however, that is who this get up resembles more.

  39. gold says:

    Ole girl tired as hell

  40. Carrie says:

    Those brows make my esthetics license want to curl up and set fire to itself.

  41. snark says:

    When I first saw these pics I thought “Why are we talking about Brittany Murphy today?”

    • Crewel says:

      I thought the same thing! She looks more like she’s rolling with the homies than turning back time.

  42. Paige says:

    I think the people that were planning to attend her show when she got sick cared. I really don’t think she would lie about a sickness. She loves performing too much. She is very talented and a great performer. My sister bought me tickets for her Detroit show it was nice. People will find anything they can to drag her including saying she faked an illness lol

  43. Jayna says:

    Madonna called and said it’s like 1993 all over again when she was on the Girlie Show tour.

    I loved the days when Donna and Niki performed with Madonna. Madonna came in at the wrong time vocally there when singing in the beginning than the girls did. LOL

    Deeper and Deeper live:

  44. TOPgirl says:

    She has some serious issues! She’s gotten not only weirder but crazier by the year. Her style has definitely gone downhill since her first album.

  45. Vilodemeanus says:

    When your career is pretty much over, when you are a two trick wonder, what do you have left but to change your clothes constantly and do pap walks with horrible wigs? She’s only second to the Kardashians for an example of people that just need to go away until they have something talent-wise to offer the public.

  46. silly you says:

    cher should come for you for saying she ever looked that beat and cheap. she would never.