#2: Lady Gaga
As a homely girl made good in the music biz, Lady Gaga kind of messes up my Sheryl Crow theory.
However, I have a theory about Lady Gaga, too:
She had an older sister who had a friend who had a bunch of Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich, a Candy Darling scrapbook plus a VHS copy of the 1980 British movie Breaking Glass and a DVD of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The sister borrowed them all and never gave them back.
Then Lady Gaga found them and built her persona from these building blocks, thinking no one else would notice.
After all, who else had ever heard of these obscure people?
She was right, because 99% of humans have no sense of history or culture. Their idea of an “old movie” is Star Wars.
Lady Gaga got rich on the indifferent stupidity and un-sophistication of the average person.
Plus the fact that her political message is mainstream but her appearance remains slightly daring — if, as I said, derivative.
Lady Gaga is that contradiction in terms — mass-market rebellion — of the sort we haven’t been forced to endure since Hair.
My other theory is that Lady Gaga will be blamed for a suicide epidemic in the near future, but that’s another article.
Anyway, here is the woman Lady Gaga stole half her career from: