Born This Way’s Enduring Battle Cry

Album art for Lady Gaga’s 2011 release Born This Way.

When Lady Gaga revealed the cover art for her wildly anticipated second album, Born This Way, fan reaction was overwhelmingly negative. The image was extreme and odd, a far cry from the avant-garde haute glamour of her previous visual offerings. On top of a black background was a metallic motorcycle with no rider, only Gaga’s screaming face and crazed hair affixed to the front like the figurehead of a ship. Her arms came down…