This isn’t the type of content I usually post, but Lady Gaga’s VMA meat dress must be discussed. I know you all know what I’m talking about and I’m positive that it has evoked many a bad joke ranging from, “Where’s the beef?” to “Put a fork in her” to “Pass the A-1.” But, WOW, when I read the headline that Lady Gaga wore a dress made entirely of beef to the VMAs, I literally did a double take- though in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have been so suprised knowing her uniquely insane brand of fashion. This is so Lady Gaga. By the look on Cher’s face, it got her attention as well.
Though, I don’t totally understand Gaga’s rambling explanation for the dress (though I kind of like the irony of saying “I’m not a piece of meat” by wearing meat), it got me thinking about critics’ comments that the dress was offensive to vegetarians and vegans. People typically choose a meat-free lifestyle to avoid cruelty and abuse to animals, right? From my perspective, that means if you choose to eat (or in this case wear) meat, you should do it in a way that honors the animal. Is there a bigger way to honor the animal than wearing a dress made of its flesh in front of millions of people? I can’t think of one, especially when comparing it to the disgrace of ordering a steak so well-done that it is likened to a charcoal briquette. So, maybe wearing a meat dress maybe wasn’t so bad?
Perhaps wearing a meat dress is no different than wearing fur or leather- trades that are often criticized as being inhumane. If so, it could be said that Lady Gaga was wearing a trumped up version of a mink coat and a Birkin bag, and thus, her outfit was totally normal, just like what millions of people where everyday. Hmmmm….
But, there are so many questions that remain unanswered. For instance, where did this meat come from? Was it organic? How were the animals killed? What was done with the meat afterward (did her hungry roadies eat it?)? Did it smell? How was she able to sit down in it (and did it leave a slimy film on the chair?)? I need more information before I can form an opinion on this one. What do you all think?
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