Lady Gaga’s Racist Little Monsters Are Posting Burqa Selfies In The Name Of Fashion

Do you like Lady Gaga? Probably not, and if you do, then damn, bruh, you and I need to have a discussion about your clearly poor life choices. In the past, Gaga's fashion antics have been annoying, but digestible (see: v rare meat dress). You could brush them off like, "She's annoying. She's a troll. Who cares?" But now, the pop star has begun a new type of fashion shit storm through the leak of her new stereotypically Middle Eastern sounding track, titled, yep, "Burqa". In response, her fans, or "little monsters" as they prefer to be called, have begun to wear burqas in support of their favorite musician and her cultural movement of whateverthefuck.

If she did this simply in the name of fashion, then Lady Gaga can go fuck herself because that's clearly offensive. Like, if dudes just started wearing eccentric yarmulke's for fashion's sake, I'd be pissed no doubt because it trivializes something that, whether or not you agree with its principles, is sacred to certain people. And don't get me wrong, I'm aware this type of thing happens all the time in high-fashion and, yes, it's still more wrong than enlightening.

But this is Gaga we're talking about! A bloated star with some lofty, world-saving mission behind said wardrobe choice. According to various sources, the artist intends to show "appreciation" for Muslim women through this statement: to somehow turn a negative—Islamic law forcing women to cover up—into a positive. As in, "I'm wearing this because I don't want you filthy men to see how sexy I am." Because THAT'S totally not a preemptive misogynistic strike or reducing women to their physical appearance either, right?

Clearly, this is a position that can only be held by someone of wealth and, although an unfortunate circumstance of the world we live in, someone white, as The Atlantic so appropriately pointed out. But what's more disheartening is that we have Lady Gaga, overvaluing her cultural impact on the world, while simultaneously undervaluing her impact on her own fans, many of whom are young men and women who perhaps turn to "Mother Monster" for unwarranted guidance. If she thinks her privileged, hollow appropriation of Muslim culture will be understood by her followers, she's probably correct. It appears they're taking the entire thing just about as seriously as their mom.

  • Ryan

    I stopped reading at “bruh”

    • Jake Woolf

      Sorry to hear that, bruh, but maybe you’re just lazy?

    • Zoe

      the author’s views are so contrived, why are you surprised his language is too?

  • Ye

    Gaga is dope tho…

  • cozyKev

    they really r little monsters

  • lilly

    “Lady Gaga’s Racist Little Monsters…” smdh Islam is not a race. How are you supposed to call people out on their ignorance with such a grand display of your own?

    • Lawrence

      What about the fans in brown face seen above?

      • J

        That’s two random people, where’s the association with Gaga? That picture could have been pulled from anywhere. Regardless, what control can Gaga have on a couple of stupid teenagers painting their faces. That’s not her fault or anything to do with anything she’s ever done.

        • Jeremy K

          I agree. It seems to me, that one was sort of thrown in there to fuel the fire……

      • http://anthagio.com Anthagio

        That photo is in no way associated with Gaga. Where is the mention of Gaga or where they’re saying they’re doing it because of Gaga? I don’t see how they in any way are even related to her. The rest are obvious emulating Gaga, but those two are just duck facing. I would like to see the source.

  • H

    this articel is what you call bad journalism

    • Jake Woolf

      Please see “opinion” tag.

  • http://anthagio.com Anthagio

    I hope you’re aware of the fact that this doesn’t make them racist. Islam is not a race, nor is the Muslim religion. It makes them uneducated and offensive, yes, but not racist.

    “As in, “I’m wearing this because I don’t want you filthy men to see how sexy I am.” Because THAT’S totally not a preemptive misogynistic strike or reducing women to their physical appearance either, right?”

    Actually, no, not at all. Here’s an opinion from an actual Muslim women, aka the only people who have the right to say anything about this: http://eraofgaga.tumblr.com/post/57586343589/my-opinion-on-lady-gagas-usage-of-the-burqa

    “I do understand how Gaga’s use of the Burqa is controversial, but Gaga is an iconic pop artist who is famous not just because of her success in the music industry, but because of her campaigns worldwide to improve society with her always growing fan base. She is trying to improve society’s racial, prejudice, ignorant, and stereotypical views on Middle Eastern women who wear the burqa. She is not just wearing the burqa because she thinks it’s “cool”, “looks pretty”, or because she’s trying to be “fashion forward” and make a “statement”. She says this in her song, too:”

    And another from another Muslim woman: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/lady-gagas-burqa-is-good-for-muslim-women-8756228.html?origin=internalSearch

    “Is Gaga’s recent choice to wear various “Islamic” items of clothing, a shameless exploitation of orientalist fetishes to promote herself as a pseudo-edgy ‘artiste’? Indeed it is. And yet, I find myself strangely satisfied at the uproar caused by her neon pink burqa, because it challenges the discursive monopoly on the meaning of Muslim women’s clothing. Muslim women’s clothing, apparently, can be oppressive or it can be nothing at all.”

    Now, I’m not saying these women represent all Muslims because they don’t. However, their voice and opinion actually matters because, you know, they’re the one who have to deal with the bullshit that surrounds negative Muslim stereotypes, not men like you who have never felt oppressed because of your gender or how you dress.

    • Jake Woolf

      I just have to disagree with your claim that Muslim women are the only people allowed to comment on this issue. Also since you offer no opposing definition of “race”, you have no real ground to stand on to make a legitimate criticism of this article and its headline. Furthermore, you seem to be the only one in this discussion making unfounded generalizations about other people, i.e. “men like you who have never felt oppressed”.

  • Chris

    Why should Gaga respect black garbage bags? Burqa’s don’t deserve respect.

    • Chris

      PS: How is it “reducing” women to their physical appearance? Is she saying that is all women are? No, it’s just one part of it. Ugh.

  • Richard Le

    Even though I didn’t quite follow his logic, I’m going to have to go with Jake on this one.

    At the very least she is turning a controversial cultural practice into an easily-Instagrammed visual meme, stripped of context or meaning.

  • Devan Prithipaul

    Great article, thanks.

  • NLongsfeld

    Guys actually listen to Lady Gaga? Kids these days…

  • Jake Wooooooooolf

    Damn, apparently there are a lot of Gaga fans who read (trolled) this article…

  • Zoe

    sorry but you are totally off the mark with this article. fuck religion, fuck misogyny, fuck YOUR shitty perspective. “I’m wearing this because I don’t want you filthy men to see how sexy I am.” erm no, being a female isn’t just about looking sexy and whether or not you are making yourself available for men to perve at you. And I assume you are trying to be politically correct by perceiving this as ‘racist’. I call your contrived political correctness inverted racism. You shouldn’t defend the burkha just because it’s muslim and ‘to criticise islam would be racist’. Islam isn’t a race it’s a religion and culture and sorry, nothing is ‘sacred’. Perhaps women should never have been emancipated, because the ‘sacred’ bible tells us they belong to their men? I’m no fan of gaga but your arguement is sloppy at best

    • Zoe

      ..and what’s wrong with fashion being provocative and challenging archaic social paradigms? did you ever hear of punk?

      • Zoe

        how do you feel about female circumcision? another ‘sacred’ islamic practise…

        • request

          Circumcision, either male or female, is not mentioned in the Qur’an in any verse. However, Type 1 circumcision (also called Sunna Circumcision) is practised by some Sunni
          Muslims although it has a controversial religious basis in Islam, and
          is mainly derived from culture. Cultural and religious intertwining
          caused the incorrect belief that female circumcision is related to the
          religion of Islam

          • Zoe

            It’s of little comfort to islamic girls who have been abused in this particular way to know that it isn’t ‘actually’ in the koran, and thus part of the ‘culture’ of islam rather than the ‘religion’. The problem is with the concept of ‘religion’ itself. Try and separate ‘spirituality’ from it’s social/cultural manifestations… it’s almost impossible. My beef is not with spirituality, but with religion, as a social force. ‘Tradition’ should not be considered ‘sacred’. My point is these religious social customs are bullshit, and we shouldn’t be afraid of challenging them for ‘fear of causing offence’. The burkha represses women, ok not as violently as circumcision, but it is anti-female freedom nonetheless. So some people may see misogyny as sacred. Tough shit, times are changing, for too long women have been the victims of ‘religion’.

    • request

      the Burka is not a religious requirement, the simple head scarf will suffice. the burka is something that developed in arab countries over time. and the majority of women wear it only in public and not in their homes. its also something that is more of an arab culutral thing.

      i believe the bible also says that women should head head scarves

      • Zoe

        I don’t know if we are arguing or agreeing with one another. If the burkha is a cultural construct, and not spiritual, then it is not ‘scared’ and is, along with any archaic tradition, ok to criticise. We shouldn’t be afraid to question the world that we are born into, to evaluate these ‘customs’ we inherit, to challenge tradition. The bible is just as repressive as the koran, I did mention that too. Most modern religions are anti-female. This is clearly a result of society, and not the ‘will of god’.

      • thetrilltroll

        Mary even had a headscarf on according to pictures in Churches

    • Jake Woolf

      I don’t think you understood my article. I wrote, in quotes, “‘I’m wearing this because I don’t want you filthy men to see how sexy I am.’” because I think this is what Gaga’s new song conveys with the lyrics “I’m not a wandering slave / I am a woman of choice / My veil is protection for the gorgeousness of my face” Maybe you should listen to it?

    • Dr. Steve

      Oh my god. Go outside.

  • dommer

    ehhh, i think the word you’re looking for would be “intolerant” or maybe even “bigoted.” saying “racist” implies that all muslim people are of the same race, which isn’t true. islam is a religion, after all, with muslims living all over the world.

    • Jake Woolf

      I think the idea of “race” is broader than simply “skin color”, which I’m assuming is your definition. After all, people with different skin colors sometimes have more genetically in common with each other than with those of similar pigmentation. “Race”, as you see it, is based on something that makes up an incredible minuscule part of a human being’s DNA, whereas I think there’s room to consider that it includes things like similar beliefs (i.e., religion). Wouldn’t you agree that two people believing in the same thing makes them more alike than them just sharing a skin tone?

      As for Gaga’s fans, I don’t think they’re being “intolerant” of Muslims. In fact, they’re attempting to give praise to the religion in a shallow way, in the process making a mockery of something sacred. They like the Burqa, but for the wrong reasons.

  • fofo

    i’m muslim and i don’t wear burqa i wear hijab only cuz burqa is not a part of my islam Religion it’s a part of arabian Culture .. i’m from saudi arabia and in my Country women wear burqa as a Culture not as Religious duty !!! so that’s doesn’t make gaga or her little monsters racist

  • B

    You’re off the mark. The burqa may be used by Islamic people, but the reasoning behind it is that it is freeing. Women wearing burqas need not worry about what they’re wearing and what they look like. It’s a way of maintaining privacy in a world where that is becoming harder and harder to do. Burqas are also used because women think that they should only be seen by their husbands. It’s a decision made by women, for women.

    The issue about writing about Lady Gaga wearing a burqa is that you need to do your research on both Islam and women in Islamic culture. You clearly didn’t do that. Yes, it’s offensive that Lady Gaga is wearing one, but not for the same reasons you’re pulling.