June 9, 2010

LADY GAGA'S NEW VIDEO CAN CERTAINLY BE DESCRIBED BY A WORD STARTING WITH "B"

... but "blasphemous", as other singer Kate Perry and a couple of "Christian Rights" groups have described it, it is not. The word that comes to my mind? "Boring". It's got some elements of steampunk to it, some elements of anime, some of bondage/fetish art.

All elements, incidentally, that I personally love.

Unfortunately, though, there is nothing beyond that "look at me! I'm shocking!" bit. Rubber Nun outfit? Check. Chiseled male dancers? Check. Darkness and light? Check. Playing with religious symbols? Check. Some of it looks sexy. A lot of it looks like a third-generation xerox, of a video that Madonna did with "Express Yourself", which in turn was a second generation xerox of Metropolis by Fritz Lang.


But the thing is, this video here doesn't even seem to be aware of the original. It merely reassembles a few key scenes/imagery in pretty much the same way that hip-hop and rap (and Lady Gaga herself, with Muh Mah Mah Mah of her song "Pokerface" coming straight from Boney M) has been doing these past few years, uh, decade or two.

Maybe that's blasphemous, too, but I'm sure you won't hear Kate Perry complaining about that.