i hate lady gaga for so many reasons.
but i think her whole “jo calderone” thing is the worst one.
she uses people’s actual identities as this entertaining costume to gain more attention for herself. if she actually gave a shit about trans* people or even the queer community in general, she wouldn’t write shitty fucking songs like “born this way” and she wouldn’t say “oh, here we go again” when someone asks her a question criticizing the way she addresses the queer community.
if she actually gave a shit about trans* people you would hear her talking about them, not just dressing up. it’s all fucking theatrical, this is the same thing as when she used a wheelchair onstage. this is the same thing as when, during a photo shoot that was “asian inspired”, she squinted her eyes in every single picture. it’s the same shit. she’s a fucking commodity and this is the cheapest possible way to make oppressed minorities feel like “oh, she cares!”
not to mention that using tape to bind is a terrible idea and it’s bad for you.
Alright… I’m just gonna go ahead and say… Fuck that noise. As far as I know Jo is an alter-ego. Her quote: “How can we remodel the model? In a culture that attempts to quantify beauty with a visual paradigm and almost mathematical standard, how can we fuck with the malleable minds of onlookers and shift the world’s perspective on what’s beautiful? I asked myself this question. And the answer? Drag.”
See that? Drag. DRAG! Lady Gaga isn’t trans, ladies and gents, she just does a mean drag. Why are we getting all bothered about this?
And personally, I’m so very pleased she does this because it shows the flip side of gender bending. Everyone knows what a drag queen is, not everyone knows that drag kings exist. It makes it a lot easier to dress as male around family when you have a reference point, no? Helps me anyway.
Oh and… UNF SO HOTTTTTTT.
If the kind of male reference point you want is one that objectifies women, over-sexualizes masculinity, exists solely for display rather than true identity, and engages in dangerous and highly unhealthy ace-binding, then go right ahead, but I want NO part of Lady Gaga’s world, and I want her to stop pretending to be my idol. She specifically states that JO is representative of FTM trans* identity, but she doesn’t represent me, my identity, and my lifestyle. I want reference points like Stephen Beatty and Lucas Silveira, Leslie Feinberg and S Bear Bergman.