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Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" Video Debuts to Controversy

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Jun 17, 2011 | 6:39am EDT

Lady Gaga is notorious for her eccentric music videos which always include extensive plots, extravagant costumes, and out of this world choreography.  She's this generation's Michael Jackson.  Fans were on the edge of their seats, highly anticipating what incredible extravaganza Gaga had in for her little monsters with her Edge of Glory video.  But after its premiere last night, fans were left dumbfounded and confused.  No story, no costume changes, no back-up dancers?  Surely there must be some mistake.  And what's up with the old man with the saxophone? 

Being a huge Gaga fan myself, I take great pleasure in watching all her kooky, crazy, creative aspects to her music videos.  The wig, the skantily clad outfit - all this I can get on board with.  What I refuse to accept is the total lack of choreography!  She's merely leaning "on the edge" (yes we get the double meaning) of a windowsill or crawling on the streets of New York City.  How is that going to be helpful the next time I go dancing at a club?  There was nothing eye-catching about the video which leaves you somewhat, dare I say, bored.  I will admit, however, that since there wasn't much to look at, I focused on the lyrics more, which were amazing.

Some, on the other hand, are not so forgiving.  Gaga's little monsters pulled out their claws and let loose on Twitter, blaming the result on Joseph Kahn, the director of the video.  Kahn tweeted in response, "I did NOT direct Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory video. Lady Gaga did -- I don't co-direct. One canvas, one paintbrush. Respect the art. Very simple rule with me."  Does this imply trouble on set?  An insider claimed that Kahn had a completely different idea for the video which included a hospital scene, the Brooklyn Bridge, and a big underwater mermaid scene, but Gaga changed her mind and that was that. 

One has to wonder what was going through Gaga's head while creating this video.  Why didn't she listen to the director?  I understand the importance of creative vision, but this is what you're paying the guy for.  Gaga fans were expecting Gaga and they got Ga-bage.  No plot, no spectacles, just Gaga dancing around while singing the lyrics (the lyrics are beautiful).  Don't get me wrong, I love this song, but it's certainly not up to the standards that Gaga has set us up for so I can understand why some fans are in an uproar.  Next thing you know she'll be wearing clothes without any meat or muppets on them.  What is the world coming to?!  She's certainly left them on the edge -- of anger.  Don't worry Gaga, your little monsters still love you!

Source: NY Post

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