Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Grandpa Gaga

The other night, my oldest daughter Anna (who just turned five years old--I can hardly believe it) was watching American Idol with her Grandma when she saw a special musical guest on the show, Lady Gaga.

"Who is that, Memaw?" she asked.

"That's Lady Gaga," replied my mother-in-law.

Anna sat for a few contemplative moments, and then asked the question I think we've all been wondering. "Why is Lady Gaga trying to look like Papa?"

"What?" Memaw asked, a little bit confused.

"I said, why is Lady Gaga trying to look like Papa?" Anna replied, a little exasperated.

Fair question, Anna.

I think a side-by-side comparison is in order here.

 Wow. Where do we even begin?

1. Lady Gaga is trying to lighten her hair color to match Papa's
2. Lady Gaga has a nose. As does Papa.
3. Lady Gaga cakes on eye make-up in an obvious attempt to mimic Papa's glasses.
4. Plaid shirt? Leopard print? Pretty much the EXACT SAME THING.  And Papa has been wearing plaid since before Gaga was even born.

5. Two words: Poker Face. 

So yeah. I think it's pretty clear who Lady Gaga looks to as her fashion muse.


  1. Two Christmases ago we were visiting my parents in LA, and they thought it would be fun to go see the lights outside the Staples Center. We got there just toward the end of the festivities. The 100-foot tall videos of snowflakes and santa were quickly replaced with Lady Gaga music videos. She was apparently performing later that night, and within minutes the place was swarming with "monsters." Our Christmas home movies have an interesting soundtrack and background actors.

  2. I hope you gave her a bath after she watched that filth!

  3. @Brad--Wow, what a special Christmas treat.

    @Momiss--So, I take it you are not a little monster ;-). (Deep dark secret: I kinda sorta am intrigued by Lady Gaga and don't find her repellent. Does that make me bad? Probably.)

  4. This may be the first time I'm admitting this in cyberspace - and I may end up deleting it any second - but I too am intrigued by the Queen Monster. Although I don't love everything she does, and I'm sure half of it goes over my head, I dig the creativity behind her art. I pull a lot of inspiration from her music - the lyrics, messages, and even the theatrics behind her performances. And, my protagonist digs her, so I really have no choice. We share a brain.

  5. Oh, so to answer your question: it doesn't make you bad. But I think it makes you a writer :)

  6. @Paul Joseph--Solidarity, brother. Your thoughts sum mine up nicely. In conclusion: writers are freaks.

  7. Lady Gaga is one smart cookie. And she is waaaay more rich than us.
    "I love this record baby, but I can't see straight anymore..."
    Maybe Papa needs some of her music for Christmas.

  8. Crap. I peed reading this. Perfection.