Riese’s Team Pick: If You Don’t “Get” Lady Gaga

“Celebrity life and media culture are probably the most overbearing pop-cultural conditions that we as young people have to deal with, because it forces us to judge ourselves…I guess what I am trying to do is take the monster and turn the monster into a fairy tale.” Want to “Get” the Gaga Love? Read This.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. A friend of mine asked “why did gaga have on the period dress at the VMA’s?” I had an answer. “Why did gaga dress in that corset mask thing on the vma red carpet?” I had an answer. “What is poker face about?” I had an answer. She was like are you and gaga best friends? I said no, but I just get gaga. And if you don’t it’s your loss.

    Even though I am a little upset with her right now, she is still pretty awesome.

  2. I feel like tons of people don’t “get” Gaga, but still enjoy her. Her music is infectious fun! Like H1N1 that makes you DANCE MUTHAFUCKA.

    • You probably wouldnt put yourself on the comments awards list otherwise but I nominate this for making H1N1 fun, relevant, and related to Lady Gaga in a good way.

  3. I don’t know if I “get” Lady Gaga, but visually, I love everything she does. What I don’t get, is her music. I just don’t like it.

    There. I said it. You may now rip my heart out and crush it (I learned from Bones that hearts don’t break), but although this process has been very difficult, I feel it’s important that you know this essential part of my identity. I hope that one day, you can overcome our differences and love me for who I am.

    • I can understand you not always getting her music, because 60-65% of the time she is not really talking about anything of substance. You just hear it, love it or hate it, but don;t try to understand it or analyze it.

      • It’s more that I have different preferences, I guess. I’m more into punk rock stuff, which, obviously, Lady Gaga is not. It’s just a matter of taste, and I’m afraid I’m leaning more towards hate than love.

        It’s not like I actually think it’s a big deal, I just think it’s a bit amusing how obsessed people are with her.

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