Monday, March 07, 2011

Unjust desserts? The Lady (?) doth protest too much

Lady Gaga may be planning legal action against an ice-creamery in England that's been selling an ice cream made of human breast milk. I enjoyed the banter about the dessert product over at the Nerds' place. I don't have a problem with other people enjoying human milk ice-cream-- it's just not an appealing thought for myself. If other people want to splurge on vats of the stuff, that's their business. Apparently, though, Lady Gaga takes great exception to the product having been named Baby Gaga, and says this is some form of copyright infringement. From the article:

...accuses The Icecreamists of "taking unfair advantage of, and riding on the coattails of" Lady Gaga's trademarks in a manner that is "deliberately provocative and, to many people, nausea-inducing".

Um. Right. First of all there's the name. "Gaga" is a nonsense word associated with the human baby since long before I uttered it. I think the best thing Lady Gaga can do on that score is to issue a public statement denying any association with the product and let it go. That said, if she pursues legal action against the ice creamery, it would be a toothsome thing indeed if David slew the Gagoliath. Really. It will be interesting if Madonna's heir apparent tries to crush the small business beneath her 12" heel. *aherm* This is a bit of a stretch. More likely, she's butt-hurt because she didn't think of it first.

More obnoxiously, I think it's interesting that she'd have legalese put about that she takes exception that someone might think she's associated with a product that was "deliberately provocative and, to many people, nausea-inducing" because I think that is precisely how a great many people would describe her music videos, if not her music itself. She done plumb broke the irony meter on that one.

Musically, Lady Gaga is an innovator and a stylist. Hers is not to my taste, but I can see the canny quality of her compositions and I do hear the appeal of her music. I've pretty much chalked her success up to a lot of hard work, natural musical talent and some very good instincts to mold herself after the savvy template forged previously by Madonna. I'm disappointed in this (can-only-be-mock) outrage, because she can't seriously believe everyone on the planet is trying to take a ride on her disco-schtick, can she?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's all so silly, innit?

I think Baby Gaga is a rather appropriate name for a product that would likely make me gag.

Old NFO said...

Gag... that is my only comment about her...

momiss said...

I think she should just shorten it to Lady Gag. It's more accurate. Hilariously, the one Born to Be Me was the first song I could stand listening to and it turned out to be a copy of one of Madonna's songs. I grew up with Madonna but had to draw the line after I saw her masturbate (or simulate matsturbation). I couldn't think of anything I'd done to deserve to been exposed to that. And that was it for me. This Gaga phenomenon has been interesting, though. I remind myself of my mom when Boy George burst onto the scene. lol