Lady Gaga: The Message Not the Messenger


I saw Lady Gaga introduce her new song, "Judas," on Ellen the other day and during her interview she focused on what she always does: telling others to love themselves.

 "Love who you are" is her mantra and she shares advice like,

"Start your day with five minutes of having compassionate thoughts about yourself." Her Yoga teacher taught her that and she says it works. In my book I included similar daily ritual suggestions and what she preaches is positive for today's youth, and all of us for that matter. 

Yet, there is so much controversy about whether she is a "manufactured authentic" or she says what she says to make up for her guilt of making trillions. I suggest we focus more on her message and not waste time on trying to take her down like we do when someone has something positive to say. 

Yesterday I attended a luncheon where two former U.S. cabinet members suggested that many qualified people don't run for office anymore because of the negative slur campaigns that come with being elected. Are we more juiced up by looking at how we can attack or cut someone down versus taking in the possibility that they may be telling the truth and expressing something authentic and healthy? 

Is it difficult for some to take Gaga's message in because they feel skewed towards life or all of the world tragedies going on, or how their own life turned out? Do they reject the message of loving yourself or staying true to their dreams because they are jealous of her or believe they could never achieve their own dreams? What's ironic is that Gaga says she never ever had a vision as big as her life turned out to be. Her estimated sales are fifteen million albums and fifty-one million singles worldwide. Billboard named her both the Artist of the Year in 2010 and the top selling artist of 2010 ranking her as the 73rd Artist of the 2000s decade. Gaga has been included in Time magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world as well as Forbes' list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world. Forbes also placed her at number seven on their annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

All of that success and yet Gaga shared with Ellen that sometimes she feels like a loser and we all feel like losers sometimes. When I heard that I felt it was authentic, not manufactured. What is authenticity anyway? Wikipedia says it's a particular way of dealing with the external world, being faithful to internal rather than external ideas. That's what I see the lady doing. Here's how she sees herself. "I live half way between reality and fantasy at all times. There just really is no separation between [my real life and stage persona]."

And by the way her half real and fantasy life recently included Elton John and David Furnish naming her Godmother of their son Zachary. I know that kid will get lots of good real-fantasy authentic energy from his Gagamother.