Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Music Video Premiere Gets Born: OPEN THREAD

Get your paws up, little monsters, it’s time for the big premiere of Lady Gaga’s somewhat psychotic “Born This Way” video.


[If you would like our resident Lady Gaga music video expert to recap “Born This Way,” I suggest harassing her via formspring.]



Before you go! Autostraddle runs on the reader support of our A+ Members. If this article meant something to you today — if it informed you or made you smile or feel seen, will you consider joining A+ and supporting the people who make this indie queer media site possible?

Join A+!

the team

auto has written 699 articles for us.


  1. I have many feelings. All of them are “YES!” I like the song much more now since I’ve seen the video.

    – Unicorn.
    – Things from Gaga’s vagina.
    – Tux + weird makeup = Win.
    – Madonna teeth.

    I have to watch it another 15 times. At least.

    • THUMBS UP.
      Katrina, I want to see these published in academic journals so I can reference them in my papers pertaining to Geography. Seems impossible, I know, but I’ll make it happen. Soon other gays will be referencing my geographical gaga journal articles, until we, th’gays, have infused Gaga into every academic discipline. No discipline will be spared. Or should I say, left out.

  2. Anyone think 4:35 is an L Word cover reference?

    Besides that, I’m kind of speechless because I just watched it, but wow, pink triangles/unicorns/the whole concept.

    p.s. Why was Adam Lambert not in this video, seriously.

  3. The exploding vag confused me a bit, but I think that’s how Gaga’s videos work – they’re supposed to confuse you.

    I kinda feel weird thinking that her bod’s pretty rockin’ because she’s always been Mama Monster and I’ve never gotten “I’d Tap That” feelings before this.

  4. this is Dune x Alien x brain explosion = awesome. i think i’ve started to love and admire gaga as if she were some sort of cult leader, wish is i feel what she’s trying to achieve. the cult of unicorns.

      • YOU ARE NOT ALONE. i think lady gaga is getting really fucking weird. also, she really isn’t the kind of person i’d like to be “leading” the movement. because let’s be honest, she’s just trying to get gay men to keep dancing to her music.

        but when you combine it with her saying she’s “creating a new race” and acting like a savior, that’s fucked up.

        and did anyone else notice the incredible amount of time spent on her romanticizing A DUDE?! this is a visual representation of queerness and a lot of it is just the same old white straight things we know about already.


    • Yup, pretty much my thoughts too.

      Eh, I’ve never quite gotten onto the Gaga train, so I’ll say meh. I like her, but I’d only see her if someone gifted me free tix.

      But that suit? WANT! And I’m ridiculously femme but f*ck I want that suit!

  5. i have just SO many feelings after watching that.

    its like double-rainbow to the power of 7 multiplied by the undefined value of X…

    …that’s a shitload of feelings.

    gaga wins at videos.

  6. my thoughts in chronological order:

    2. OH GOD
    3. this is scarier than Alejandro already and that was about Nazis???
    4. ABS
    5. does she always look this much like cher??

    the rest was pretty much just a repeat of #4

  7. I’m just glad Zombie Boy is getting work. And I hope he was paid very well for his involvement in that cluster fuck.

    The only parts I enjoyed were her dancing. The whole messianic, manifesto from mother monster shit was just weird, and not in the good way that I used to be totally down with.

    I just think I’m totally over Gaga. I’m going to bask in remembrance of simpler times. Oh “Just Dance,” you were far more of an anthem than this song. Let us forget your creator’s current inferior song children. “Just Dance” + me=4Eva.

  8. A Friend of mine had this reaction “Holy Vaginal Imagery Batman!” Which i think sums up the entire narrated part.

    Also there is something that totally reminds me of Dune in this whole thing.

  9. So, based on the lyrics I don’t like this song because 1. The “born this way” argument is stupid (so are pedaphiles and the mentally insane/violent?) 2. It’s awkward (orient, etc.) 3. It has very little literary depth (lol, that’s the English major in me coming out).

    Based on the video my reactions were 1. ew, birth, ahhh 2. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 3. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 4. she’s kind of skinny and skeletal looking, ew 5. i think that’s the point, based on all the skeletons 6. are the gays evil? 7. so we’re born evil? 8. is she actually making a comment on my theory that the born this way argument is stupid? and that it’s silly to think of things as being born good or evil? 9. am i reading too much into this? 10. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 11. I’ma go back to my Tool CDs/Maynard James Keenen if I want weird, kthanx

  10. I’m not a huge fan of the song, period. I mean, it’s fun when you’re in a huge crowd of drunk lesbians and everyone is singing/howling along, but my favorite Gaga songs are the ones that are a little more…subtle. I want to like it a lot more, given how much support Gaga has shown for the gay community.

  11. Pingback: Lady Gaga Lays Smackdown on Christian Fundamentalist, Goes Country |

Contribute to the conversation...

Yay! You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated by the guidelines laid out in our comment policy. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation and thanks for stopping by!