Faculty Research Forum presents "The Lady Gaga Knock-Down Drag Out"
Nov 18, 2011
from 03:30 pm to 05:30 pm
|Where||Bingham Humanities, Room 300|
|Contact Name||Jennifer Stephens|
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Friday, November 18
The Lady Gaga Knock-Down Drag Out
A panel discussion featuring:
Diane Pecknold, Karen Kopelson, and Dawn Heinecken
Lady Gaga has appeared dressed in meat and drenched in blood, but her drag performance as Jo Calderone at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards scandalized viewers anew and prompted a fresh round of debate about her gender and sexual politics. The LA Times opined that “her cross-dressing bit . . . was as tired and worn-out as the gratuitous guitar solos that clutter ‘You and I.’” The Chronicle of Higher Education hailed it as a revolt against the cisgender order. E-Online simply worried that she had confused and alienated an audience trained to expect “flamboyant disco-Bauhaus-Muppet mashups, not Jersey Shore.” In a variety of responsive performances, this panel explores the current state of Gaga pheminism and considers the question, Can Lady Gaga lead the queer revolution?