Gaga: The World in One Lady?

Was that a thunderclap over Manhattan last night? No folks, that was the firestorm of applause that greeted that Gotham gal gone fame-wild, the pop and glam rock queen Lady Gaga, as she burst forth onto the stage of Radio City Music Hall, coolly if unwittingly menacing the legendary venue’s very foundations with her otherworldly costumes, mesmerizing musical maneuvers and nonstop frenzy of slammin’ Number Ones and hits-to-be. Don’t wanna sound holier-than-thou, but we’ll put forward that Lady Gaga is as vital to the renascent American cultural zeitgeist, which has been in undeniable though perhaps not irremediable decline since the Supreme Court’s foolhardy decision to throw the 2000 presidential election to the Republicans — a freefall that accelerated with the terrorist attacks of September 2001 and subsequent corporate assault on the debt-ridden middle class — as the stones of the Western Wall are to Jerusalem. For art is the mark of civilization; commerce simply moves it along.

What about Haiti? As the response of the French, who bear primary responsibility for the bleak social dimensions of this disaster, continues to be monstrously underwhelming, Lady Gaga announced on her recent emotional, groundbreaking Oprah appearance that all proceeds from the Jan. 24 Radio City concert will be channeled to Haitian earthquake victims.

Some might say suffering of an admittedly infinitely lesser intensity has befallen the spirits of those travelers in New York who, through bad timing, bad romance or lack of resources in this persistent recession have been unable to secure tickets to one the final concerts of the American leg of Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster tour. I mean, “Experienced Massage Therapist Seeking 2 NYC Gaga Tickets”? The things one finds on the Internet…

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