Editorial: Gaga Speaks Out On Fame

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“Fame is the worst thing in the world. Especially if it’s pointless. When people say, ‘I want to be famous’ Why? You don’t do anything.'”
Kristen Stewart

This is a continuation of our prior discussion of fame. You remember? That illusive lifestyle that many of us strive for yet when some of us achieve it, it’s not what we thought it would be or maybe even what we want.

Editor’s Note: Check out our prior discussion in this blog.

This time we draw on Lady Gaga who enlightens us as to what it is like living on the other side. Recently, Gaga had this to say about her experience with fame: Gaga 2

“I don’t think I could think of a single thing that’s more isolating than being famous.”

The pop icon continued and added this:

“It is very hard to not be able to engage with people in a real and honest way because they either want something from me or they see me as something that I simply am not. It’s almost impossible for people even to probably look at my career and the things I’ve done and think, ‘Oh, she didn’t want (that) — of course she wanted to be famous, of course she wanted all that attention.'”

Lady Gaga then went on to defend her “real” status and her understanding of it. She said: NBC's "73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Show

“It’s just, creative expression is what I am and I would’ve been doing this whether I became famous or not. I am not some goddess that dropped down from the sky to sing pop music. I am not some extra-incredible human person that needs to be told how wonderful they are all day and kissed.”
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The Jonas Brothers, (Kevin (l.), Joe (c.), and, Nick (r.))

Gaga’s comments come just days after another musical celebrity–Nick Jonas–proclaimed that now he “regretted” being part of The Jonas Brothers; arguably, the group that launched his career in the first place.  Earlier this week Nick Jonas (now 23) said this about his experience of being in a band with his two brothers:

“There were probably some family issues that needed to be sorted out. At some point, I need to be able to look at it with a positive angle.It does suck that my 13-to 20-year-old years come with a lot of regret, almost, in a way.”

The dynamic here is interesting; one on hand Gaga is simply asking to be seen for who she is–an artist possessing immense talent–and nothing more. On the other hand Jonas is perhaps regretting the very act that gave rise to the genesis of his career. Differing perspectives on fame indeed. And somewhere in the middle continue the masses who–like Kristen Stewart aptly points out above–are apparently seeking “fame” for “some” reason whatever that reason is.

The more we delve into this topic it seems like the less we learn what it is we are seeking and more importantly, why we are seeking it. Yet, we want “it” or we want a piece of what others presumably have of “it.” This is indeed a paradox of epic proportions but one day maybe we will understand what “fame” truly is and more importantly, why we seek it. Hey, maybe if I can do that maybe I will become famous!

Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor

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