Saturday, March 13, 2010

Lady Gaga and Beyonce Do a Freaky Thelma and Louise

"Telephone," the video discussed and posted below, has salty language, violence, a lesbian kiss, and half-naked women dancing in dominatrix costumes. If any of that bothers you reader, please do not press play.

But if you're a light-hearted soul or a fan of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé who sees the humor in this kind of creative pop culture expression, then watch. The video is sort of a Thelma and Louise, Chicago "Cell Block Tango," let's go to the Gaga penitentiary and call Beyoncé mash-up.

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Anonymous said...

I saw the video on Facebook yesterday, and I really don't know what to make of it! I wish someone would analyze this for me! I don't hate it, but then again I don't really love it either. it bothers me.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I hate prisons, and the thought of anybody being locked up and denied their freedom is upsetting to me. (I know you'll say that's not realistic, but...)
As a paramedic when I had to get a patient at a prison, It was a harrowing experience for me, because you have to go through the gates and they slam shut after you! I hated it and found it scary!
So I dunno, maybe it's not such a good thing for them to be making light of the prison experience, because they are, to a degree, role models, and prison is nothing like that video!

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Thank you, Cactusrose. I never thought of that, probably because I've never been to an actual prison. But, although it was produced before I was born, I remember back to Elvis's Jail House Rock. And much of the musical/movie Chicago takes place in jail, making it look like you could go from jail to star.

What I get concerned about on this subject (far more than Lady Gaga and Beyonce's video because I don't think most people really think prison is like that) is the gangsta rap genre that glamorizes having gone to jail and served time. Some young people, especially young men, think jail is some mystical rite of passage? Scary.

But some of the rappers are like Johnny Cash. Johnny's career was propelled by people thinking he had actually been in jail in his youth for killing a man (Folsom Prison Blues), but that scenario never happened. So, I know some people do believe what they hear in music, poetry, fiction stories, and see on the screen. Consequently, some impressionable youth may get the impression doing time is like doing a song. I see your point to some degree. My question is this: What are we doing wrong with educating young people that they don't know the difference between real life and fantasy?

Anonymous said...

Verite Parlant said:"My question is this: What are we doing wrong with educating young people that they don't know the difference between real life and fantasy?"

And what a good question it is! I don't know! But I will say that in my own family a nephew obviously thought just that. No one in my family,as far back as I know, has ever been in a jail. So I guess some kids are just more impresionable than others? He did go to jail for a short time,for nonpayment of child support, and he found out the bitter reality. I don't think he ever wants to go back. But thank God it wasn't for some sort of violent crime where he really would have had to do time! I don't know, I just don't know what's going on.....