Lady Gaga and breastfeeding may not seem to go hand in hand. Although, for a short period in time there was an ice cream parlor who ‘borrowed’ her moniker to promote their ice cream made out of breast milk, most people would never correlate the two at all. In fact, the only real reason Lady Gaga’s name was invoked in the Lady Gaga breast milk ice cream scandal at all was to advertise how shocking and unique the product was. And isn’t she?
Lady Gaga has cornered the modern artistic marketplace for how shocking she can be. Countless outfits have adorned her body meant to provoke, titillate, and shock her ‘little monsters’. She’s gone from wearing a meat dress, to wearing spandex with shoulder pads, extremely heavy make up to practically nude. Her face and her body. Each time Lady Gaga steps out, photographers practically wet themselves with glee or the excitement of being the first to capture her outrageous attire.
It goes without saying that the antics of Lady Gaga on stage are just as extreme. Shock and awe in it’s finest. Lady Gaga has tried her hand at the showmanship of giving ‘birth’ on stage. Lady Gaga has drenched herself in blood, and stabbed herself. These events are without taking into account the normal over the top sexual actions she expresses throughout her music videos and performances. Lets not forget her mass murder scene.
Lady Gaga has taken us to the edge of bizarre and farther. She has shocked, stunned, disgusted, isolated, and embraced America. The world, even. She has offended and she is still out there, doing her thing. Lady Gaga is not going to stop doing what she is doing simply because it makes a lot of people uncomfortable! News channels, music stations, and the like will continue to embrace her. So, what then of the breastfeeding mother?
Lady Gaga may have been disgusted about the only breastfeeding item in relationship to herself, but it is likely that she has done wonders for the acceptance for breastfeeding in the larger scope of things. Really, how disturbing or disgusting is a woman who is discreetly breastfeeding her baby compared to Lady Gaga? How shocking is it to accidentally see a little nipple slip from a breastfeeding mother, when Lady Gaga’s ta-tah’s have been plastered all over the news? Is watching an infant eat anywhere near as provocative as watching a Lady Gaga video or performance?
People tend to either love or hate Lady Gaga. Many will hope and pray that she puts on a turtleneck, tones down the make-up and stops grinding on people. People don’t always want to accept that perhaps beneath her wild and crazy antics that there is good. At the very least, the acknowledgment that Lady Gaga has done wonders to normalize and trivialize the non-extreme should be done. Perhaps as well, breastfeeding advocates should appreciate that Lady Gaga is taking the heat for raising the bar for what is considered ‘indecent exposure’ or what is acceptable to be seen in public.
How do you feel a breastfeeding mother compares to Lady Gaga? Do you find one more offensive then the other? Or, are you a fan of both?