Apologies for ripping this straight off Pop Justice, and indeed, ripping off the gist of their commentary too, but this is quite fascinating. While making Madonna comparisons risks accusations of hysteria, I think it’s true to say that the sense of shock and surprise attached to a GaGa press conference evokes Blonde Ambition era Madonna. Or maybe it’s just her referencing of a 1970s gay porn aesthetic.
It’s interesting this face-concealing thing she’s wearing, as it’s still playing around with themes of suffocation and fragility (like her tea-cup bearing Alice in Wonderland creations). There’s something fascinating about watching someone who’s obviously wielding such power choose to emphasise aspects of powerlessness, and also gain a kind of power through the strangeness of the look they’re creating. What unsettles demands attention.