By now we have all heard about Lady Gaga’s performance at SXSW. The performance that had artist Millie Brown throwing up colored milk all over the Artpop singer has been written about ad nauseam, but now here’s a new tidbit about Lady Gaga’s performance that may have some people scratching their heads. During a keynote speech Gaga took to the stage to address corporate sponsorship, but eventually turned it into a pretty puzzling comparison.
Lady Gaga addressed the crowd having said, “I’m not saying vomit’s going to change the world.” That said, Gaga did compare her performance art with Millie Brown to Martin Luther King Jr’s plight.
Making comparisons to both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Andy Warhol, Gaga said:
“Martin Luther King thought he could start a revolution without violence. And Andy Warhol thought he could make a soup can into art. Sometimes things that are really, really strange, and feel really wrong, can really change the world.”
Possibly knowing what kind of outrage that would start, Lady Gaga continued to defend her stance on her art, as well as her comparisons.
“What I’m saying is it’s the idea, of a moment where it’s truly just what we want to create and do, and us just respecting each other as artists was enough for the performance to be worth it – Artpop.”
As reported by CBS News, Lady Gaga at times seemed to be equal amounts passionate as she was defensive about the movement that she’s trying to create through her all-encompassing music. It seems like Gaga is still troubled over not meeting record executives expectations due to poor album sales.
“I’m sorry I didn’t sell a million records the first week. I have before. I’ve sold 27 million albums. I’m very proud of what we did. I’ve sold as much as everybody else sells. I’m held to such an insane standard; it’s almost like everybody forgets where the music business is now.”
Since Lady Gaga’s vomit performance, one notable name that’s been on the offense is actress and singer Demi Lovato. According to Lovato, who has been very open about discussing her own problems in the media, the singer thought Gaga’s performance was going too far. In the end Lovato lambasted Gaga for “glamorizing” what’s said to be a commentary on eating disorders.
Looks like everyone will just have to agree to disagree when it comes to Lady Gaga and Millie Brown’s SXSW performance of Swine. Perhaps that was the point in the first place?
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