I’m all for Lady Gaga and her crazy outfits and generally insane persona (see the “pod” she wore to the Grammy Awards). However, I think she took it a little too far in the lyrics of her new song, “Born This Way”. The general message of the song is empowering: love yourself because you were meant to be this way. And I can totally get on board with that. I can even appreciate Gaga’s vote for nature in the nature vs. nurture argument. But some of her lyrics are borderline offensive.
“You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re orient”
I also found her use of sexual identity terms to be a bit problematic. While I appreciate that she is trying to be inclusive, I don’t know that it’s necessary to list all of the terms, especially if you’re going to leave some out.
“No matter gay, straight or bi
lesbian, transgendered life”
Gaga, if you’re gonna go ahead and make a laundry list of sexual/gender identities and orientations, you should at least know to include them all. I’m not saying she needs to be all inclusive, but if she’s already making a list, why not include queer? Pansexual? Pangender? Genderqueer? She should have just stuck with gay.
Overall, I’m not that impressed with Gaga’s new single. Let’s hope the video changes my mind.