March 24th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

Is Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' video socially irresponsible?

Lady Gaga's nine-minute music video for her single "Telephone" has been described as "epic," but R&B singer India.Arie counts herself among those who aren't as impressed.

The "Video" songstress tweeted on March 18 that she found Gaga's video, with a cameo by Beyonce, to be "socially irresponsible."

"Don't be offended, this is all MY opinion," Arie tweeted. "Am I the only one who thinks the 'Telephone' video goes a bit too far?"

For Arie, the imagery - and the message those images may send - is questionable.

"I agree Gaga's being her image...I dig her creative mind. But still...there's such a thing as being socially irresponsible," she said. "There's an artist every 10 years who pushes the envelope...but its bout to fall off the Table. When is it too far?"

To be clear, it's not the nudity that irks Arie - it's the nudity being used for shock value, she said.

"Crazy to me that the dark, underbelly, shock at all cost thing is a TREND like asymetrical hair and big shoulder jackets. Slippery slope!"

Arie's words have been a slippery slope of their own, as they have led to a backlash. Arie re-tweeted one Twitter user's response to her thoughts, which read, "[expletive] shut the [expletive] up! Your a [expletive] hater! Kuz yo [expletive] will always be a #Flop."

Arie posted a lengthy response yesterday, attempting to clarify what she meant by her statements.

"The conversation I initiated isn't about any ONE, BUT EVERYONE. THIS is a conversation about the state of our society and the state of human kind....a conversation about what we're willing to turn a blind eye to in the name of fitting in," Arie said.

She added that while she respects and admires both Beyonce and Lady Gaga, she doesn't believe that means she has to agree with what they do.


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  1. Str8 Outta Tx

    oh my god... i seriously think this chick did some type of voodoo on me. i usually do the hip hop/r&b scene, but i like her music. this woman is beautiful to me. it's like i'm damn near obsessed. bad romance hypnotized me or something. lol:)

    another good thing other than her looks and music is that she can be like a freak, but then also knows how to be sophisticated as well.

    March 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. charles

    All the "kids" who love Lady Gaga's video don't have to be so mean. Ripping up India Arie who is VERY MUCH entitled to her own opinion is childish and sounds like some very bitter folk.

    Confusing India with other female R/B and Hip-Hop musicians is borderline racist (just because she's african american doesn't mean she endorses dirty hip hop videos) and Lady Gaga's video was over the top AND like many over the top music videos these days is solely out to "shock" people. However, we (or at least grown ups) have become de-sensitised towards this stuff, so seeing it on TV doesn't look cool or edgy anymore, it looks desperate.

    Lady Gaga is a bright light in a pretty dire musical scene but this video can not be considered spectacular or ground breaking by any stretch of the imagination. Adults who watched Madonna videos in the 1990's have really seen it all and this "Telephone Video" is actually quite tasteless and panders to our basest feelings. Sorry guys, listen to some real music like Green Day or Dave Mathews.

    March 25, 2010 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dana

    Heck, I might be the only one in the world who hasn't watched Gaga's telephone video. And now that I know it's 9 minutes, I don't think I'll have the patience to sit through it anyway. She just isn't my style. So I respect India Arie's opinion. Lady Gaga, contrary to popular belief, just isn't everyone cup of tea. I'm not into her gimmicky image, and I too think she just goes for shock. Creativity and artistry is one thing; shock factor is another. Lady Gaga falls into the latter for me and I'm just not interested.

    Mushymushroom– I agree. It would be interesting to see her be "real" for a change. I bet nobody would even recognize the "real" her. To me, it's unfortunate because I think she actually has a good voice. But behind all her gimmicks and shock factor, it's hard to even notice her voice, which is unfortunate considering that she's supposed to be a singer...

    March 25, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. mushymushroom

    I just have one question to Lady Gaga...

    So after this "epic" video what's next?

    I have a suggestion, you wanna shock the hell out us well do this...

    your next video will be the real you. No gimmickry, no crazy hairstyles, you dressed down and no make up.

    That will make our jaws drop and you will be interesting again...that will put balance in your image because it's becoming a little too tiring already...

    Love the song (telephone) but I'm not crazy about the video...

    March 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CHRISSY

    *******what does everybody expect she has been bought and paid for.. she is just a puppet thats it... she here to try and get you to be like here and to control your mind and thinking.. whomever wrote the comment back to india arie clearly has no respect and is another puppet.. the video is disgusting than i read the last comment from a 13 year old who loves the video.. disgusting.. VERY TRUE if you dont like it dont watch it i am here to tell ya definately a waste of time and as said by prev writer its already been done.. and dont be disappointed in beyonce she is sasha fierce.. open your eyes america we are trying to be controlled..they have already been bought.

    March 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff

    people–the video is a CAMPY TAKE-OFF on several movies–Kill Bill (The Pu$$! Wagon)...Thelma and Louise....probably several others, plus the shot at lesbian prison films. Bizarre? Absolutely. But the stuff in it is linked to other images that have been iconic for the last ten years, at least. Maybe people don't get it, but I'm not sure why people who don't like Gaga and/or music videos in the first place would be watching the video, except to then complain about it.

    If you don't want kids to watch it (and it is marked "explicit" on iTunes for those who need a clue), put your computer in the family room so you know what your kids are looking at (good idea anyway–online predators are way worse than a GaGa video), and block MTV and VH-1 (the general rap videos, with nearly naked women gyrating all over men, cars, and men in cars, are worse than this video, in my opinion, because they're not being sarcastic–they're actually portraying an image of what women should "be" like).

    Don't gripe about this video if you allow "M" rated video games in your kids' collections. Stop griping and take responsibility for what your kids see and when. Send them outside to play for a change.

    India Arie had a right to her opinion–I just wish she'd be as socially conscious about the 1,000 other things out there that are far worse.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Heather

    This video was an excuse for product placement, plain and simple. There was no plot, made no sense whatsoever, and the entire thing was for shock value. That was not art. That was Lady Gaga running out of ways to be interesting.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Viewer

    This was cool she's not putting anyone down she's merely sharing her opinion to see what others think and if they agree in a non-derougatory way. Good on her.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Guest22

    There is much worse in other videos. Lady Gaga is awesome! Does anyone remember India's music video? (Not the average girl in your video)...that tells you right there that she is a conservative azz. So, she has no room to talk, shes boring and no one even remembers her! Gaga is making a statement that you can be who you are and not to worry about what everyone says, and that is not being socially irresponsible. SHE IS A GENIUS!

    March 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kaitlin

    I'm a huge fan of Lady Gaga. But the video is what she does best, over the top, scantally clad clothing and a video to match. I don't believe the video is shocking, she is just being who she is and people have to understand, she is not your typical pop artist like, Britney or Ke$ha or even Madonna for that matter. Gaga is an amazing artist and as a little monster, i love her.
    Lady Gaga is a number one artist and so innovative!

    March 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. meg

    i luv lady gaga! she is being herself, so let her be! i'm only 13 and i didn't think it was so bad. i luv how she puts a story into the video. so what if it's a little iffy and doesn't really completely match the lyrics... lady gaga owns you all!!!!!!!!!!>_<

    March 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Laura

    i find this funny because this morning i woke up turned on the t.v and happened to catch the video as it was about to begin. I think i am neutral on this. I am for the video. it was good and its n gagas own style and its the way she wants things done. If it was too far i highly doubt that they would let it be produced and on national television. Then again her showing parts wearing a thong isnt the best for the children who love learning dance and lyrics to a song to be watching.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shaw Girl

    "I knew you'd take all of my honey...!" Loved the crazy outrageousness of the video! I haven't seen anything like it and I truly appreciate that! Yeah, it was dirty, crude, stupid, fun and I couldn't turn away! Welcome to art and entertainment! As so many of you have said, if you don't like it, don't watch. I'm proof that it's actually possible to like GaGa, Honey B and India:)

    March 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Xanatos

    Lady YawnYawn....just a big publicity hungry media slut. Snore! Please don't make me throw-up. Seen it all before, I don't know back in the 80's & 90's. There is absolutely nothing new, inovative, exciting, creative, inventive, imaginative, "envelope pushing" (I really hate that over used phrase) about her. . She is simply reaching back to her successful predecessors and repackaging old, already done things, then servicing it up for this unimaginative, completely uncreative, complacent and lazy ass generation today. Add Beyonce to the mix to get the attention of a larger, more urban audience that fails to see the Beyonce is over-done also. Really cheap, cheesey, and tasteless. Move on.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carl in Atlantic City

    India.Arie is right to both acknowledge the artistry of Gaga but correctly note that the manifesto of shock-for-the-sake-of-shock that she embodies is not a viably sustainable artistic project for our civilization.

    Its all well and good to get our attention, and Gaga is certainly a master at this, but once you *have* it what do you have to say to us that really matters? How does it serve the progress of our culture? If you are going to push– nay, shred– the envelope then what's inside better be worthwhile to justify that destruction.

    So far, Gaga is gloriously glam-tastic but completely hollow.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Stephanie

    I agree with India.Arie. She is entitled to voice her opinion without being torn to shreds by those who disagree. And let's be honest, her comments weren't vicious or anything. I fully support India. Arie in questioning the social responsibility in the raunchy kinds of behavior that Lady Gaga portrays just for shock value. Seriously: when is enough really enough??

    March 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Andrea

    To those who claim that the video is "just entertainment" and shouldn't be taken so seriously, I don't think Lady Gaga would agree. She has always claimed that her music should be regarded as art with a deep and meaningful message. Now, I'm not sure how meaningful a message can be gleaned from a song about someone annoying you while you're dancing in the club, but I am sure that whatever that message is, the video has nothing to do with it. The video is obviously a shameless attempt to cash in on shock value- which is fine, let's just be upfront about it. Call it what it is. Lady Gaga is an artist, but she is not a musician.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lexie

    Lady Gaga is very socially responsible. She was at a gay rights rally supporting gay marriage and she is telling her fans that is perfectly ok to go against the grain. She is being extremely talented, creative and just plain weird. Good for her! Also, if you do not like her music video, change the channel!

    March 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Steve J

    The response she received is a good example of social irresponsibility. Lack of civility (esp. what seems to be blind disrespect) bugs me a lot more than anything else mentioned.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. tnt in kc

    Indie Arie is a wonderful singer whose songs are about true beauty and love. She is a very deep singer with songs that today would never receive the same respect as "lady crappa".

    Don't get me wrong, Lady Gaga's songs are okay. I love Bad Romance. However, this video was just tasteless and confusing. It made no sense and was not in any way connected to the lyrics of the song. I think that there is a fine line between freedom of speech and a waste of time. Lady Gaga has definitely managed to cross the line. But what concerns me is that people find it acceptable.

    And as for rap videos? I find them quite offensive myself. I am tired of women being portrayed in such a negative manner! Period. It doesn't matter who is doing it. Women deserve to show themselves in a better light than the videos of today. But, I guess that is what happens when you remove morals and values from society. You get C grade videos and comments praising them.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Eva

    The video is porn.....she's selling porn, coz GAGA is a sexual deviant who wants to expose as many kids with her filth as she possibly can while she has her flavor of the month moment in the spotlight......but, if that does not bother you, then this will explain why your teens will end up just like what you let them feast their minds on which you are also feasting your mind on......shame on you.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Anna

    I haven't seen the video and not in a rush to either, but in case people have forgotten, there are alot of people that are "socially irresponsible". Although this is the land of the free yada yada yada, people everywhere, no matter how famous you are or not, need to be more responsible and start having "morals" ....of course this is "MY" personal opinion :-)

    March 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. CHRISJU

    it's stupid video- what is it supposed to inspire or promote ? committing mass murder while wearing a leotard with your best friend ?

    March 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Katherine

    The video is a complete bore. She thinks because she makes out with girls people are going to jump off the couch and do back flips. Guess what?? It has been done before.

    Lady Gaga needs to STOP trying to be a mini Madonna and get her own gig. One more observation...Lady Gaga needs the outfits, especially the ones that cover her face. She is one UGLY girl. Please get a nose job, I think you may have some money in the bank now, lets put it to good use.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mike

    Irresponsible? What? The video is harmless. Americans are the most socially regressive and sexually backwards culture outside of the Muslim world.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Izzy

    Seriously? I think she is a tad upset because she has been around for Many years and has never found the following Lady Gaga has in the Few years she has been singing.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Andrea

    Wait...they still MAKE music videos???

    Jonas Ackerlund (the video's director) has been around and pushing the envelope with his videos for YEARS. I remember the big brouhaha in the late '90s when he directed "Smack My Bitch Up", as well as the Madonna video he did that MTV only showed once (back when they even SHOWED music videos).

    It's a music video...not The Illiad. If you don't like it, change the channel! (With all due respect that includes you too, Ms. Arie!)

    March 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Carla

    Just think of how many people are going to watch the video now that Arie, Osmond and their ilk decided to make an issue of it. GaGa is laughing all the way to the bank.

    I, for one, loved the video. She was going for tongue in cheek Tarentino and I think she pulled it off beautifully. The soda cans as curlers? Hilarious. The poison scenes were no more graphic then a Tom & Jerry cartoon.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Nina

    okay people what india arie means by "socially irresponsible" if anyone on here who has common sense and is up to date would simply agree by viewing the video and seeing so many demonic and illumanati symbolism. Not everybody reads Dan Brown books so of course ignorant people into only mainstream music would be upset with India Arie...

    March 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Amanda

    i lov lady gaga! & no matter what i will always, her outfits are out there but it sets a new style for everyone to look at, lady gaga is not a freak & should be looked at as a role model. lady gaga changes what people think about pop singers.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  31. SK

    It is much easier to watch Gaga than all these fools with their pants slung low under their butts and those nasty girls shaking their giggly parts in the camera! If she wasn't white, there would have been NO comment from this barely known poor excuse for an "artist".

    March 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. RT

    It amazes me the people who haven't heard of India Arie...then come on here and blast CNN because of their own ignorance. India.Arie is one of the best folk/soul artists around. She's not a disgusting fame seeker like Gaga so that's probably why the simpletons haven't heard of her... she's a true artist and muscian. Anyone who is well listened in music knows who she is.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Chris

    India who?

    March 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. jojo

    Kathleen..India Arie is not a rapper, she is a neosoul artist (an earthy blend of r&b and soul) I think the whole problem stems from too many PERFORMERS and no real ARTISTS. With all of the pop stars, rappers, and whoever, how many of them have the ACTUAL TALENT to perform a quality show without costume changes, swearing, nudity, jail records, booty shaking, sound boards or any type of shade that is used theses days. I am not even that old, a very young 30, and I am severely disgusted and just bored with what is considered music now. It is a sign of what people have become, completely unconcered with content and just want to look at something shiny. And it is not just the music industry. I see atleast one theatrical performance a month and the newer it is the more vulgar and idiotic. It is sad because we don't have much further to go until we hit bottom, and then where will we go from there?

    March 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Heather

    The video in question is most absolutely socially unresponsible. Mass killings? Glorifying jail? Let's be real here, the only people purchasing these songs of hers are teens and younger. Her video's are very dark and occult like regardless of the words she is singing. Thumbs down Lady GaGa, India is right on!

    March 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  36. stormschmooper

    No such thing as bad press... and nobody knows that better than Lady GaGa. She's an artistic genius and a savvy businesswoman.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  37. rusty

    banned for violence...48 hours later Mtv aired "deep blue sea"...blood, dismemberment, guns, explosions ect....at least there was no poison, right? get you act together Mtv

    March 24, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  38. The Odore

    I'm blown away by the amount of people that don't know who India Arie is. Give the masses something shiny, loud and simple, and they'll follow it all the way over the cliff. If being a good musician means pedestrian songs, and a career made of costume changes, then I suppose music is as dead as theater.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jeff

    India Arie is so classy. It's artists like her that give me hope for the msuic industry.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Melissa

    India Arie is jealous. She is just jealous of the money both Lady GaGa and Beyonce are going to be making off of this video . Nobody knows about India Arie hardly probaby because SHE IS AWFUL! Hater!

    March 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Amanda

    Franco, I thought the video was disgusting. It was shot like a movie - great expense went into the cinematography. But aside from that, it's crass and sexual for no good reason, and violent. Want to know the plot, which doesn't have anything at all to do with the song? The song is about someone always calling on the telephone when someone is at a club having a good time and how annoying it all is. Lady Gaga's video starts with her going to jail. All the women in the jail are violent or gorgeous or gay or all of the above. They strip Gaga down to nothing and she has tape over her nipples and reveals her crotch, which is hairless and blurred out. Then she kisses a woman who looks like a man. Then Beyonce comes to bail her out of jail in a truck that says "Pussy" on the back and tells her she's been very, very bad. They drive to a nearby restaurant where Gaga poisons Beyonce's mean boyfriend then they kill the entire restaurant with poison and dance to the telephone song around the dead people. After that, the cops chase them. Sound stupid? It is. Sound violent and morbid? It is. And all the while it's highly sexual. I"m surprised Beyonce had anything to do with it. And I'm sorry I watched it. I agree wholeheartedly with India Arie. For those who don't know who Arie is, she' s a very talented music artist who is free to speak her mind, even if you don't agree with her.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  42. LogicandReason

    Well, might as well say it. Lady GaGa isn't pushing any damned envelopes. All she's doing is following exactly what her producers and manager tell her to do. Before she hit fame, she wanted to be a punk rocker, it wasn't until she was swayed into the dance scene and pop beats that she started to gain fame. At that point she was a record label canvas, ready to be painted any which way would make her "trendy" and 'New".

    Lady GaGa is already old news. Boring, push the envelope? Sure. How many of those ideas were her own (publicity and stylewise)?

    March 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  43. James

    My God, India.Arie and her flowery crap and messages about self empowerment are so tired. She makes horrid music and then tries to sell it by promoting 'social responsibility.' Perhaps she should go into social work instead of harping on others for having more creativity than her. She's arrogant and self-important.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. PabloGonzo

    Ok for all the 12 y/o's that are commenting. India Arie is a wonderful neo-soul (please don't ask what that is-look it up) singer who's music is on the other end of the court when you compare it to GaGa. Both artists are awesome in their own realm of musical genres. I think Miss Arie needs to remember that whats works for her fan base and her does not always mean that others will have those same prefrences. GaGa's video was visually amazing and entertaining.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  45. JH

    Love Lady Gaga – leave her alone and go do something creative yourself to get attention – instead of getting it by stepping on a more talented performer.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  46. franco

    This article is missing one essential and obvious thing: a description of the video and WHY it would be offensive. I didn't see the video and I don't watch videos but would have like to know what the controversy was about.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  47. atexasmom

    I like Gaga's music. I never heard of Arie India. I watched this video twice and was not offended by any nudity but I did think giving a recipe for poison to use for a mass homicide was offensive and irresponsible. And I'm not into the whole lesbian thing but I thought that scene had more shock value than the so called nudity.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Bridgette

    What has India done recently that is relevant? Nothing. Seems like she's just trying to get her name out there.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ben Rubez

    Boring video and a face flat on the ground attempt at creativity. Sorry. Well shot/produced, sure. Well written... I dunno...

    March 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  50. give me news

    It's called desensitization. The media shows so much nudity and violence, overexposure, etc. It's everywhere. On tv, in music, etc. Once you are exposed to it, little by little, over time, you tend not to notice when it is out of control.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Crystal

    I love GaGa. She isn't afraid to let it all out...very creative and provacative...without being trashy and overdone...She's entertainment, and she has the talent to back up the shock value. She's this day's Madonna...Remember when Madonna let it all out for shock value??? I love it. Keep it coming...adds spice to the otherwise dull videos and music that grace TV and radio.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Darwin

    Wow, this was the dumbest video I've seen this century. Really stupid.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Maria

    The point is that we are reaching a level of " is not a big deal" or "what's so edgy about it?". Our society is degrading to the point that nothing surprises us anymore: nudity, killings, etc. And someone who still has a sensibility to these issues, is criticized because she giving her opinion on some artist that is just famous by shocking people with her extravagant image and not with the quality of her work. And this happens because morals and values are just going down the drain everyday and no ones cares about no one anymore.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  54. GoSharks

    Who cares? If you don't like the video, don't watch it.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Cheryl

    The state of humankind and what we currently hold dear are very askewed. But as for the video, Gaga is a artist, art is subjective so you are entitled to your own opinion. But at some point we as human beings need to come to some sort of middle ground where morals and nudity can share a common space and not so faux pas. That is the point sex is out there whether it is between two girls, two guys or whatever turns you on. As for the mass murder scenes, my interruptation is that the morals of everyone have been compromised, men treat women (sometimes) as property and at some point everyone has imagined getting rid of a significant other but for the rest of the people in the restraunt, that is saying to me, that we as a society have set by and watched things happen but refuse to take action. It would take something drastic to wake us all up. Not sure what is implied by the creater of the video but seriously anyone who gets offended by Lady Gaga's nudity (seriously, she is to skinny and there is nothing to look at), needs to get their head checked it is no more than any TV show now a days. FYI for those who are parents, if your rant is about your kids watching this then, do the world a favor and actually parent, don't let them watch it and if they do then be able to sit down with them and explain things to them.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Liz

    I totally agree with India, and even more so. I thought the video was horrible, and to compare it with a smart creative video like Michael's Jackson's "Thriller" is horrifying (as mentioned in several platforms including CNN).
    Since when being butt naked, violent and barbaric become cool and attractive? What on earth does all this have to do with talent, creativity and music?
    I get Lady Gaga's image obsession, it's what makes her who she is, but really, someone at some point along the production process of this video should have said that they have crossed the line from creativity to sheer porn.
    And by the way, the little tribute to former drug-addict model Gia doesn't exactly set a good example or role model for young girls (when Gaga jumps naked onto the prison bars, there is a scene just like that portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the movie about her during a photo shot).
    India is right, you need as an international famed artist to also be a little socially responsible as to how your explicit "creativity" may be interpreted into actions by young girls that admire your every move.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Kelli

    Krista – when did India.Arie EVER say that? I think you're thinking of Lauryn Hill...

    March 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Sohaveit

    Just as other "gimicky" artists in the past (i.e., Madonna, Britney Spears) have had to rely on a spectacle and not on their talent, Lady Gaga also falls into this category. Not only do all her songs sound the same, but her nasally vocals are less than impressive. She just wants to remain famous by people talking about her, but not taking her seriously. She thinks too highly of herself and her so-called talent. Beyonce would be smart to keep her distance in the future.

    Lady Gaga will never get a dime from me...if everyone would stop buying her garbage, she would go away.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  59. WILLIAM

    I love Lady GaGa. But I hate this video. This video is gross. It is disgusting. I am so tired of seeing her nearly naked and her butt cheeks hanging out. So what she has twenty costumes per video. She lost the fun and the meaning of the great song Telephone with this awful video.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  60. nick

    Who is India anyways? .. and I dont say it as something negative... i just really dont know who this girl is .. so who knows..maybe she will become famous by judging someone who is famous...as about Lady GAGA..she is fresh, exciting, gives great interviews, seems that she knows who she is, she is genuine and cares for people...of course she is a little bit crazy ...but who isnt anyways? At least she is not an hypocrite...go GAGA go baby!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Kathleen

    I watched the video twice and I have no idea what the hell India.Arie is talking about! Rap music videos are about a thousand times worse in the way they objectify women. Nudity being used for shock value? What nudity? The 4 seconds in the beginning that isn't even really nudity? Honest to god, what is she talking about? It was a silly music video with over the top costumes, some very scanty, indeed. But again, pick ANY rap music video, ANY of them and tell me why this one is worse. All that ass-shaking and simulated sex hip gyrations, to me, are disgusting. This was amusing. It was by a female artist, TWO female artists who are not above shaking their own booties, as we all know. But NOTHING in this video made me look away or change the channel. Every time I happen to see a video on MTV I turn it off because it is so unoriginal and so offensive. This was funny and original.
    So, Miss.Arie, before you go shooting your mouth off and sounding ridiculous, perhaps you should take a look at your industry as a whole, especially the rap music genre videos, which objectify women just for the hell of it, have nothing to do with any storyline (if there even are any in rap music videos, which all seem to be about parties, boats, guns, money, pools, and sex – yawn) and should just be banned because they are so damn boring now.
    I take offense at this stupid woman's stupid comments. She's speaking up NOW? After all the Madonnas and Britneys and Xtinas? After all the hip-hop/rap video atrocities that have been out there for years and years and years? I am flabbergasted. She should have said something a long ass time ago. Too late now. This is your music industry, lady. You want to make a statement? How about trashing all music videos that show women with barely anything on? How about naming some of the other "artists" that show this? How about the ones that also include drug use and violence?
    Shut the hell up. Who the hell are you anyway? I've heard the name but I can't tell you one single song she sings. Not one.
    P.S. Lady Gaga should thank you. I just watched this video twice. I haven't sat through a music video that wasn't Green Day in years. I'm sure tons of other people will watch this one several times to see what the big deal is. She'll sell thousands more records, thanks to you!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Krista

    This coming from the woman who once was quoted as saying "white people don't deserve to listen to my music".

    March 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  63. LAP

    It is funny how some of these comments show such disregard for individual responsibility when it comes to our words and actions. Congrats to those who have read a "real book" or seen a quality theatrical presentation ~ or even experienced a symphony. They will take you out of your little world and help you to realize there are ways of expressing yourself without falling to "shock" value and profanity. Twenty years from now, none of these people will be remembered for their valuable contribution to music, theatre or entertainment...who would want to see these people perform in twenty years? The valued contributions of our past contributors are still valued today. Don't succumb to the vapors...

    March 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Emma

    There's something about a person's talent and creativity that gets lost in "being different for the sake of being different." I happen to Love Lady Gaga and Beyonce...this was just, well, being different for the sake of being different.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Zoid

    I can't stand Lady CACA.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  66. stephanie

    didnt india.arie wash out like years ago? what does she still do?? "music" hahahaha

    March 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Zylowen

    I've seen considerably worse in music videos. I can respect Arie's opinion on principle, but I don't think she's going to be very successful at making a durable point here. In fact, I think there's a great fallacy in what she has said. It implies to me that she's against open expression (not totally, but she does seem to advocate stricter limits than are necessary), which is protected quite vehemently in the first amendment in this country in particular–and ought to be a fundamental right of all humanity, provided that that freedom ends at the point at which it infringes upon the rights of others. This video hardly does that, as it is a simple matter of not watching the video if you dislike it and/or are offended by it. I'm not a HUGE fan of Lady GaGa or Beyonce, but I can respect their right to express themselves as artists. I don't have to love or even truly appreciate their particular form of art in order to respect their right to share it with the world, and more specifically with their fans who do enjoy said particular art form. Don't like it, don't watch it.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Jenna

    Nudity used for shock value... is that something new?

    March 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Jazz Allen

    For you who don't know India Ari thats what google is all about. She is a very socially conscious artist. One of whom knows herself. i can't believe this blog on CNN actually published that retweet with all those expletives. That was "ratchet"

    March 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  70. DS

    I didn't find this video creative at all. In fact the only positive thing I can say is it has good cinematography. The shock was out of place, such as the nudity in the beginning. It was poorly written. For instance, to show that the guy (his name escapes me) at the diner was a punk, he randomly got up to push a dude and spank a girl at the bar. I also found the song quite boring. I don't mind envelope pushing when it servers a purpose or makes a statement, but when it's just a big "look at me!", it becomes ridiculous.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  71. DB

    Hey..........here's a thought. If you don't like it, don't watch it.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Alisa

    I don't think her video is at all "socially irresponsible" because it is all entertainment, and that's all it is. This shouldn't even be here at all, it should be an opinoin of what is right and what's wrong.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Jeff

    Hopefully the point of the comment does not get lost. "it's the nudity being used for shock value"

    March 24, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  74. reen

    Never heard of this singer but she is SPOT ON with her comments. Nicely, intelligently put.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  75. LBW

    Some call it art. I guess I am of a time gone by. Her music is catchy though and you can dance to it.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  76. JT

    So she doesn't like the nudity? I don't recall any nudity in the video at all, she wears as much as Britney did in some of her videos. I could see it being socially irresponsible for maybe promoting mass homicide or something, but come on, if your riled up about that, go complain about VGs. Its a Gaga video! Of course it's shocking! Lighten up.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  77. Darryl

    one question....Indie Who???

    March 24, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  78. Janet L.

    I really like Lady Gaga, but found this video over the top even for her. I watched it twice and hope to never spend time watching it again. She can do better than this one.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  79. Dave Yaeck

    I totally agree India's comments. First the positives. It's actually a pretty good song and she has definitely got some killer beats on it. But why do we have to have such an unnecessary display of whatever that was on this video. I guess in the 80's when Madonna got so much flack for being such a maverick, but I think that Ga Ga is just pushing the limits to a whole new level of tasteless. I guess I'm just not a fan of the shock value type of music, something that in my opinion is just not what we need to influence our youth.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  80. dollar79

    so who is arie, and why are they writing an article concerning her, who cares about her opinions or twitter account. they will write about anything, wow

    March 24, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  81. darlene d

    Lets face it, you can't please everyone....especially in the music field. Every artist will have their own opinion about the video but that's what Lady Gaga does so well...she pushes the envelope! I like both women and I don't see anything wrong with the video. You go ladies!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  82. Erik

    Wow...I have seen so much worse in music videos...I honestly don't see what the big deal is about this video. It isn't that bad.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |

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