I love Lady Gaga. Most people who know me think this is inconsistent with my personality. So here, in my birthday post, since her birthday was yesterday, I’m going to explain one small aspect of her appeal.
Lady Gaga claims to be a Master of the Art of Fame. What is so compelling about this is that in most circumstances fame is
1) a tool used to establish a platform
2) a by-product of a high-visibility career such as acting or politics, or
3) a fleeting occupation for freaks and criminals.
But fame, as celebrity or popularity, is neither mastered nor art. At least, not by any of the famous people we have known.
Fame as Exposure
Some celebs lament the burden of fame – paparazzi and the invasion of privacy – and others crave the spotlight of it via reality show or public appearances. They lead us to believe fame is not controllable.
As a tool for promotion, fame may lead to a higher income or more opportunity. This is true of sports stars in the Olympics or college vying for professional careers. But the recipients of such advantages are usually also victims of the invading and fleeting nature of fame.