I find it really annoying when journalists and academics examine the latest pop phenomenon and look for deeper meaning. Is Gaga a feminist hero or is she an anti-feminist? Sometimes a Lady Gaga is just a Lady Gaga. I blame Camille Paglia.
That said, I'm going to delve into Pop Feminism for a few minutes. The New York Times had articles this weekend about Lady Gaga and Snooki of the Jersey Shore that are garnering lots of attention.
John Caramanica writes that Lady Gaga and her imitators are attracting huge crowds, while earthy-crunchy female musicians like Sarah McLachlan have to cancel tour dates, because nobody is buying tickets. Caramanica thinks we're in a new era of feminism where curlers made out of soda cans trump short haircuts and sensible shoes.
Actually, while Gaga doing really well (she has more friends on Facebook than President Obama), the copycats aren't. Christina Aguilera's latest album bombed and she had to cancel her tour, because nobody was going. Caramanica is trying too hard.
Also in the Times this weekend was article about Snooki from the Jersey Shore. Cathy Horyn describes her as a turnip, an attention seeker and as talentless. She rocks the "pouf." Jezebel says this article reeks with snobbery.
I'm not quite sure why the Times loves the attention-seeking and body exposure of Lady Gaga, but finds it repellent in Snooki.
OK, now I'm mildly embarrassed for wading into these waters. I'm going to have to redeem myself with a wikileaks post or something.