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Jack White vs. Lady Gaga

Rocker clarifies his criticism of pop star

By percy thrillington Dec 5, 2012 2:17PM
Nontroversy alert: As reported by Pitchfork, Jack White reportedly said some dismissive stuff about Lady Gaga in an interview with Esquire magazine, consisting mostly of this:
Many of our conversational strands end up being rerouted to what celebrity means in the current age, about what it is to be an artist. It's obviously something that he's thought about a lot, and which troubles him sometimes.
"The goal of modern celebrity," he begins, "is to make yourself into the lowest common denominator. 'Hey, I'm a guy just like you. I like a beer, a football game…' Especially in reality television, you'll see people will go so far as to make a fool out of themselves just to prove that. I don't want to see a reality show about Michelangelo. You know, Clint Eastwood is doing one with his family [Mrs. Eastwood & Company] and it's such a disappointment. Forget the speech, man," he says, referring to the Hollywood actor's bizarre monologue at the Republican National Convention in Florida in August. "The speech was cool compared to that. There's no reason to put yourself in a position that makes things completely unspecial."
Does that mean Lady Gaga, who has been known to cook pasta at home in a wig and Louboutin heels, is an example of a celebrity who really lives their vision?
"I don't think she lives it," says White, "because it's all artifice. It's all image with no meaning behind it. You can't sink your teeth into it. It's a sound bite. It's very of this age, because that's what people want. They want a Twitter line, a Gif, a Jpeg, an MP3. Twitter is the most perfect example of modern living. It's very interesting. You know, just a side opinion about Twitter," and he's off: "I think the only people who should have [Twitter accounts] are comedians. Because it's all about one-liners. I would love it if Conan O'Brien or Reggie Watts or Stephen Colbert were to walk into a room and tell me one joke and leave. But you don't want Gore Vidal telling you 'I'm doing my dishes right now'."
But lest anyone confuse "not living it" with a serious dis, White has expanded on his comments in a post on his own website, making sure to clarify that his position was not a criticism of Gaga's music, and that he is pro-gay:
I'd like to address the recent tabloidesque drama baiting by the press in regards to Lady Gaga. I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as "cool" or "weird" quickly and dispose of it. I don't like my comments about Lady Gaga's presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you're going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote. Maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task, but I'll just use the Internet and Twitter instead. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don't stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises.
Peace to Lady Gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it's given to help create change.
Thank you.
Jack White
That Gore Vidal line is pretty good (despite/because Vidal died in July).
Dec 7, 2012 5:26PM
MWAHAHAHA!!! Lady Gaga is a P.O.S. who needs attention she never got from daddy. Loser.
Jack White (and The White Stripes) are a successful & talented singer/singers. Jack is talented. He doesn't need to put on 100 lbs of crap, jack Madonna's songs & create a theme like "Little Monsters'" in order to sell. Period.
Dec 6, 2012 1:51AM

 I Sense Jealousy from OLD JACK BEETLEJUICE.   I Notice Any Wannabe or Wash-up like Jack.  To Get in the Spotlight;  Just Rip On GA GA.    Ya Build Yourself Up By Tearing Others Down.     Why? Because they don't have 30 MILLION FANS., And NEVER WILL.!    

  Paws Up  Monsters.!

Dec 6, 2012 1:42AM
Dec 6, 2012 1:05AM

Damn! Jack White looks like Beetlejuice.

Dec 6, 2012 12:03AM
I applaud that he lives by his own words. He's apparently unafraid to say what he thinks and isn't going to fall back on "polite soundbites" like so many of his contemporaries. I also like that he clarifies any mishandling of his words.
As for the so-called journalists he's talking about, they aren't journalists. Journalists write stories with both sides represented, not just one side of the tale and not the most scandalous part of the tale. They're wanna-be celebrities trying to make a name for themselves by whatever underhanded means they can.

Dec 5, 2012 11:54PM
Two people with absolutely ZERO musical talent or ability talking **** about each other.. NO ONE cares about either of you you both SUCK end of discussion
Dec 5, 2012 10:42PM
I agree with what he was saying about the visual imagery. I would go a step further that her videos, are full of amazing imagery, but there is no substance, no core to bring it all together. I am so disappointed by her videos that way, there is so much promise, but nothing happens in the end. It is like sex with no orgasm.
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