She kinda freaks me out a little. Maybe it's because I'm, ahem, older. Maybe it's because I just don't get it. I'm no longer cool. Not hip to the current jive. I no longer slip skin or get down. Whatever the reason, Lady Gaga is off my radar.
Except for one thing: her anti-bullying messages. She has used her fame to bring attention to an epidemic in our schools. This is Fonzie cool.
Some parents disagree. A Canadian school in a town called Burnaby has a gay-friendly policy. The school is trying to post a YouTube video of its students dancing to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" song to promote anti-bullying.
In Canada, Feb. 29 is Pink Shirt Day to stop bullying. A civic group, called Burnaby Parents' Voice, is trying to block the video.
According to Burnaby Now, the group is concerned that the project violates the school requirements for "highest morality" and to not endorse any one-world view. The group reportedly protests Lady Gaga's imagery of masturbation, semi-nudity, a birth scene and crotch shots.
I'm of the Prince and Cyndi Lawwpah era. My mom used to think they were off the charts bizarre, despite their immense talent. Crotch shots? Have they never seen Purple Rain? Perhaps Lady Gaga is about on par with that. As a young'un, I loved the song She Bop when it came out. I had no idea until a decade later that it was about female masturbation.
Gone are the days of the Leave-it-to-Beaver-style teasing. Gone, too, is the dissin' that was popular in my day. Today's kids have a whole different onslaught of harassment that would make even the strongest adult quiver: instant media. There is simply no comparison between what they face now and what we faced then. Not even the same ballpark.
So yes, I'm on board with Lady Gaga's message. I agree with the school's attempt to make kids aware of bullying—especially since it includes Lady Gaga. It's not a gay thing. It's not a fat thing. It's not a dumb thing. It's a decency thing.
Being non-hip, I would say "buh-bye" to Burnaby Parents' Voice and "you go girl" to Lady Gaga.