Wednesday, May 30, 2012
And you shall know them by their enemies...
I know that a lot of my friends don't really get why I like Lady Gaga as much as I do. Can't blame them really, I've never been that big into pop music and let's face it, Lady Gaga is weird to the point of ridiculousness sometimes. But she is also ridiculously talented and her songs are catchy and fun (even when the lyrics make no sense).
But let's say the music means nothing to you, you just can't stand listening to her, is there any other reason to like her? Well I can point out that she is on the right side of a lot of issues - bullying, discrimination, equality, acceptance. Even if you think she is totally pretentious and fake you'd be hard pressed to deny that she is making a lot of marginalized groups feel more hopeful.
One more thing. You know how people always say you can tell a lot about someone by the company they keep? Well that's certainly true but I would posit that you could also learn a hell of a lot about a person by looking at the people who hate them. The following people - and this is not an exhaustive list, this is just off the top of my head - really seem to hate Lady Gaga with a passion:
The Westboro Baptists
Crazy New World Order conspiracy nuts peddling Satanic panic
Crazy "Turn or burn" style street evangelists
Focus on the Family
and most recently, violent Islamic fundamentalists.
With enemies like those, she must be doing something right! When anti-democratic, anti-secular groups like the Islamic Defenders Front, call someone a "messenger of the devil" I consider that a badge of honour.
"Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way." (Luke 6:26)
See? Even Jesus agrees that it's better to be hated by some people than to be loved by everyone.
And considering the kind of people who hate her, doesn't it just make more sense to love her?