Lady Gaga is Giving the Gays Everything They Want with “Stupid Love”
by Ian Carlos Crawford
Lady Gaga has spent what has felt like 800 years trying to rid herself of her whacky, tacky, vaguely punk aesthetic we all fell in love with back in 2008.
She went cheek to cheek with Tony Bennett. She put on a pink cowboy hat and sang some vaguely Jenny Lewis-esque type country songs. She invented a drag king persona and tried to kiss Britney Spears. She donned fangs and had a few vampire orgies with Matt Bomer. She guest judged on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She won an Oscar. She did a holiday special with the god damned Muppets.
But the Lady Gaga who gave us the rah rahs is back. On February 27th, Gaga dropped her new single “Stupid Love,” with an accompanying whacky ass music video. The song itself just feels incredibly Gaga. It sounds like the best version of a track from her underrated album “Born This Way” but with a heavier beat you might’ve heard in “The Fame Monster.” Think “Fashion of His Love” mashed up with “Judas.” It’s an 80s fever dream that gets stuck in your head immediately.
I texted my best friend to say I’d let him know if we liked it in approximately 3 minutes and 37 after I started watching the music video. I texted him not seconds later to say, “Oh shit wait I don’t think I need a full listen to say this is very much our shit.” This song might not be “Bad Romance” (which is, by the way, an unfair critique because who wants an artist to put out the same song over and over?) but it for sure is a return to her roots, so to speak. Not her ‘Italian Girl from New York’ roots, but to her David Bowie/Madonna inspired roots.
Halfway through the song, I felt like I’d already been drunk and dancing to it at 3am in NYC. It gives those exact vibes in the best way. It’s just a fun dance song with a stellar beat and a catchy chorus.
And then there’s the music video. Which, apparently, was shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro.
The music video is like She-Re meets the original Star Trek series meets Mad Max. It opens with a perfectly corny, wonderfully on brand title card that tells us the world is in conflict and Kindness Punks fight for the “Chromatica.” Now, the Chromatics are a stellar band that have appeared on the soundtracks to Twin Peaks and the critically acclaimed Ryan Gosling movie Drive but also a word that Miriam Webster defines as meaning, “highly colored.” And “Chromatica” is either the name of the upcoming album this song will be the lead single for or maybe even Lady Gaga’s new alter ego (you know how she loves an alter ego for each new era).
The video has the choreographed dancing we love to see from Gaga, with the 500 silly costumes we also love to see. Gaga hasn’t given us a video where she looked like she rolled through a very expensive craft store covered in glue IN AGES. The dancing has lots of jumping and arm choreo. The dancers are all diverse and brightly dressed while Gaga is clad in different pink outfits that all look like a sci-fi character I would’ve doodled in one of my X-Men rip-off comics I loved to draw as a kid. She’s dressed like the Power Rangers villain we’d all stan on Twitter and make 800 memes of (not unlike Elizabeth Banks’s Rita Repulsa).
The video is just as fun as the song — and really, we could all use some fun pop music right now. A Star is Born was great but it’s so nice to see Gaga back in full Lady Gaga drag. I can’t wait to see what she puts out next.
About the Author:
Ian Carlos Crawford grew up in southern New Jersey and, like most people from NJ, he graduated from Rutgers University. He then graduated from New School with an MFA in nonfiction writing. His writing has appeared on sites like Geeks Out, BuzzFeed, NewNowNext, and other random corners of the internet. He currently co-hosts a podcast about his favorite thing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, called Slayerfest 98 and is shopping around his fiction manuscript. Follow him on Twitter @ianxcarlos