Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gaga Goes GOLD

Well, I've only been back blogging for a coupla days, and already .... Lady GAGA is at it again.  I mean?  How would the blogosphere manage without her style?  If you are new here, here are my other Gaga posts.  Gaga And Wheelchair: II.  Gaga and Wheelchair: I  I can't believe I'm writing about Gaga and the wheelchair again.  Yes, this is part 3.

So, here's the thing:  Does her wheelchair outclass Larry Flynt's chair?  I mean, who has the best gold? Most gold?  Best bling?  Sorry, really not sure what the calculus should be here.  What can you say to such excess?  Umm.  Whose chair is sleaziest?  Most functional, despite the gold?  Why do gold chairs always take the old-fashioned medical model look -- is there something about gold vs titanium or aluminum?  Did Gaga rip off Flynt and then just add a canopy -- wouldn't want to brown that skin?  Is Gaga speaking to Flynt, challenging him on disability and sexuality?  Does Gaga's pout beat Flynt's penile implant?  (Oh my, this blog will forever be NSFW!)  Will Flynt start hiring disabled porn actors in response?  How much do those things cost?  Flynt's chair is reportedly 80K.  Gaga's could be cheaper -- the gold is supposedly only 2.6K's worth.


Seriously, though, I don't know what Gaga's deal with disability is.  Nor do I want to.

I do want to believe that Gaga is doing some fairly serious thinking about disability.  That doesn't mean that her performance of disability is going to meet the rigorous eyes of those of us who live and work in the disability culture and arts world.  But I think it is fair to say that she has caught our eye; we've been talking and thinking about her postulatings, her imaginings, and her possible realities.  And I think, somewhere, behind the scenes, it feels as if she is dipping her casters into our world, too.  I know I, for one, understand the desire to confront and flout.  I understand the desire to be extreme!  I don't always feel happy about those things; they are sometimes responses to horrible prejudice.  I understand the desire to present myself.  To break barriers.  To make people stare.  I like OTT (but I try to do it without offending!)

How about this as an attempt to start a conversation?  In postcard style.

Dear Lady Gaga!


I can't wait to see what's next.  Bring on the spectacle.  Bring on the SHOW!

But remember at the end of the day, we, too, have to live with what you do.



  1. When you say you don't want to know what her deal with disability is, do you mean her specific disability or her conception of it?

    Given her costuming, I am not surprised that her wheelchair is custom and something out of the ordinary.

    Mainly I'm surprised that she didn't choose something self-powered but I guess that's hard to coordinate in the short term.

  2. Both! I'm not interested in her diagnosis and medical status, and I've come to think that critiquing her positions are useless. Form the moment then, I'm at "welcome.". And I will wait to see what happens next.

  3. I hope she does become an advocate for disability rights and arthritis funding. I think she's at the beginning stages of her disability identity--I remember that when I started using my wheelchair.