Tripping the Light Fantastic with Lady Gaga and Obama
The similarities between the pop diva and the president are as uncanny as their differences.
May 7, 2011 - 12:00 am
Just the other day Lady Gaga took another tumble, which indicates once again that the woman formerly known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, and Barack Obama, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, have a lot in common.
Lady Gaga and Barack Obama are overnight sensations, have huge cult-like followings, know how to pack a stadium, and do their best work communicating over a microphone. Lady Gaga can play piano, drums, and the keytar, and Obama can play an audience. Stefani talks to God and Obama is convinced he is God. One loves to sing about Judas, the other loves himself and labels his detractors Judas.
Lady Gaga and Barack Obama both spoke insensitively about Special Olympiads and later were constrained to publicly apologize. The only difference between the two is that to date, Obama has yet to show up behind the podium shod in a pair of Alexander McQueen Armadillo shoes.
Attention junkie Lady Gaga and imperious amateur Barack Obama are bound to fizzle out. The past tells us that media creations launch into the stratosphere and then, lacking endurance, swiftly sputter and fall. Yet despite recent Easter and Passover hubbubs and various and sundry ongoing controversies, meteoric icons Gaga and Barack continue to press on.
Barack is a politician and Lady Gaga a pop star, both notorious for unstable footing — Gaga literally, Obama politically.
With nary a shred of embarrassment, Gaga fell while making her way through Heathrow Airport, got up and kept going. Recently, “while trying to straddle” her flaming piano bench, she slid off, hit the floor, and then bounced right back up, never missing a beat. Then, weeks later, Miss Germanotta danced up a storm, threw off her jacket, swung her bleached blond hair around, stomped sexily in the direction of her dance troupe, and again hit the floor — hard.
According to TMZ, “Just like the last fall … Gaga got right up and trucked on like nothing ever happened.” Effie Orfanides at the Gather Entertainment Channel made the following observation about Lady Gaga’s resiliency:
The great thing about it is that she just falls over and doesn’t miss a beat. In fact … Gaga tried to incorporate the fall in to her routine, which is very hard to do … especially when everyone knows that you’re prone to toppling over during your shows. Anyway, no one seems bothered by her constant dropping. … It’s actually less funny to watch now that it has happened a bunch of times!