So Gaga's new music video for Born This Way has hit. And it's hit like an atom bomb dropped square in the face of everyone who watched it. The video is an epic production the likes of which I haven't seen since Michael Jackson's Black or White and Remember The Time.
And I couldn't be happier.
So many people are screaming WHAT DOES IT MEAN!? Trying to figure out Lady Gaga's iPhoto mirror effect executed on her vagina. They ponder her Jack Skellington get-up. Her possible homage to the Wicked Witch in the horrific sequel to Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz.
And I say to you people trying to understand the video: STOP IT ALREADY! Do we really need to understand it? Are we SUPPOSED to understand it? Is there an intention for something to even be understood in the video? Maybe.
But I'm more for the belief that this video is meant to mean to you whatever it ends up meaning to you. Lady Gaga hasn't hidden away a Cracker Jack prize of deep worldly secrets for you to uncover. She just made an epic, entertaining, and (in my opinion) wonderful music video.
It's fun! It's playful! And yet, still with Gaga's trademark Addams' Family kookery. But Bad Romance was serious and dark and weird. Gaga's Born This Way is a little less serious, and I love her for it. She has done the shock and awe that got her noticed. Now she can just play out her kookiness and have fun while doing it.
And I applaud her! I miss the days when MTV played music videos all day long and so, to commemorate epic releases (such as the MJ ones listed previously), music MOVIES (they were so totally movies) would premiere at the front of prime time on major national channels. That was awesome. You gathered around the TV with friends and popcorn to see what crazy scenario MJ had cooked up for this song (and staging a song that talks about talking on the telephone in ancient Egypt? Oh Michael, I love you so.)
So just watch the video kids! Watch it again and again and again. Let it sit with you as you will have it sit. And stop going so damn crazy.
Oh, and to you wee ones who have never seen two of MJ's most epic music videos, I've placed them below for your musical education.
- Justin Luke