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Gaga's on the phone

While we've been secretly lusting after Gaga and Beyonce's gaffer tape and cowboy hat look in Telephone, some people haven't taken the long playing YouTuber quite so lightly. There have been furious objections (mostly in the US) to the brand of lipstick-lesbian come natural-born-killer dominating the storyline. There have also been cries of sadomasichism and of the glamorisation of murder. We think they might be taking the latter a bit far. Unsurprisingly, so does Gaga. She says:

'There are transsexual women and transgender women and suddenly it becomes poisonous and something else because there are some people in this world that believe being gay is a choice. It's not a choice, we're born this way. That's why for me this video is groundbreaking because it has one foot in the art community and one foot in the commercial world.' Hmmm, we're not sure it's quite groundbreaking. Not to matter. She continues:

'I told Beyoncé this after it aired, you'll see this video is not just great now but six months from now what this video will mean. Hearing people say the video is sadomasochistic or that the video promotes murder for young people, it's my personal belief that the video is getting so much attention, not because of those themes because I've done those themes before, haven't I? There are no rules or limits when it comes to love. But I see love as separate from sex.'

It's Gaga's job to court controversy and her lesbo/sex/s&m chatter certainly ticks all those boxes. As for the video still being popular in six months, er - quite the cultural zeitgeist then. We think Telephone is a slick, amusing music video which gives Gaga and Bouncy plenty of opportunity to writhe around in bonkers costumes. Does it really have to be anything else?

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