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, , 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…