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Southern Style Column

09/21/2010
By:

Steve Miller

Opinions Editor

Ever heard of the saying, “Looks like you got more on yourself than in your mouth?” This couldn’t be more fitting for Lady Gaga and the now infamous “meat dress” she adorned at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The dress has been the at the top of news and Internet searches for days with animal rights activists claiming the dress was both disgusting and offensive, while others simply think the dress was a shock-value failure and isn’t worth further discussion!

Yes, the meat dress was real—we all know this. The designer Franc Fernandez admitted the meat was “…indeed real meat from my family butcher.”

Gaga even decided to wear the dress for a second time on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday. When DeGeneres, a well-known animal rights activist and vegan asked “What’s the point of meat?” Gaga’s response was weak and didn’t make much sense.

“Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian,” Gaga responded. “As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations but for me… if we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.”

And for the record, everyone, Gaga added she is “not a piece of meat.”

PETA, on the other hand, didn’t get the message and said in a statement, “Meat is the decomposing flesh of an abused animal who didn’t want to die, and after time spent under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh that it is and likely be crawling in maggots—not too attractive really.”

Not too attractive indeed PETA, not too attractive indeed.

While I understand the concept of wearing unconventional items for fashion, ultimately I think the dress was
offensive and I didn’t understand the concept. I also don’t understand what “rights” she’s standing up for by strapping on 50 pounds of tenderloin, but whether I’d like to admit it or not, Gaga did make me think twice about the difference between her outfit and the suede, leather, and other animal products people have no problem adorning on a daily basis—but let’s stick with the facts.

In a Huffington Post poll, 57.3 percent think the dress was offensive, while 42.7 percent think that it was awesome. I myself do not fall in the latter category.
Lady Gaga is known for pushing boundaries in the name of fashion and has worn so many strange pieces

I’m actually surprised the meat dress didn’t surface sooner. People may be have been upset, but it did get everyone talking, and in my opinion that’s exactly what Gaga wanted. When you constantly wear over-the-top pieces it must get difficult to garner the same reaction from the public. People want more and expect each outfit to be bigger and more shocking than the last, sometimes you got to work with what you’ve got and in this case Gaga went straight to the fridge.

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