Known for her flamboyant fashion sense and over-the-top costumes, Lady Gaga is no stranger to controversy. Her music video for “Alejandro” featured her frolicking around in a nun’s habit, which garnered criticisms from several religious groups and fellow celebrities, such as Katy Perry. Her performances at large events such as the MTV VMAs and on her own Fame Ball Tour have also enjoyed their fare share of controversy.
Lady Gaga is at it again, and this time she’s struck a nerve with animal rights activists. After recently posing from the Japanese edition of Vogue magazine in a bikini made entirely of meat, Lady Gaga wore yet another creation made of meat to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday evening. The singer managed to scoop up eight VMAs at the event, and accepted her awards clad in a bag, gown, and shoes made of raw meat.
According to the singer, her recent decisions to wear meat are a political statement against the United States military’s ban on gay service members. Lady Gaga claims that unless Americans are willing to stand up and fight for their rights, we’ll soon have as many rights as the “meat on our bones.” Regardless of what statement the singer may have been trying to express through her attire, the ensembles have been criticized by several celebrities and animal welfare groups. Ingrid Newkirk, the President and founder of PETA referenced the “rotting flesh” as “not too attractive,” whilst a spokeswoman for the Vegetarian Society said the dress simply showed another inappropriate use of a deal animal that “suffered.”
Lady Gaga expressed her opinions about the use of meat in her dress on an episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, following her appearance at the MTV VMAs. The singer told DeGeneres that the outfit could be interpreted in many different ways, and elaborated on her feelings about the military’s policies regarding homosexuals. DeGeneres, who is a vegan, presented Lady Gaga with a “veggie bikini,” made to resemble lettuce. The talk show host suggested that Lady Gaga wear the gift the next time she felt inclined to pose in a bikini.