Former “Culture Club” performer Boy George has been popping over to PaperMag.com to blog “from time to time" (from his bed in London, no less), and the artist has recently questioned just how frequently Lady Gaga uses cocaine.
“If Lady Gaga were about to be exposed as a drug user I would understand her recent confession to Vanity Fair that she is an ‘occasional’ coke sniffer,” George wrote. “But why offer up this information on a whim? Could it be that her coke use is not ‘occasional?’”
Boy George, who himself has struggled with an addiction to heroin, said that he believes the word “occasional” can be more generous than one would think when you're taking about drugs.
His mother, he added, had the best take on Gaga’s admitted narcotics consumption, saying that "‘she’s reached the stage where she feels untouchable, you all get there - you did, son.’”
It’s an assessment that Boy George couldn't argue with. But while you’re debating what “occasional” could really mean, the Brit singer/songwriter threw in another question to mull over.
“One has to wonder how much of a grip Gaga has on things," he wrote. “Up until now she has seemed almost annoyingly professional and focused and this seems out of character! Isn't saying your an ‘occasional’ drug taker a bit like saying you're bisexual? That usually means you're raving!”
yep... boy george...
I met Boy George years ago in London – nothing to do with this gaga thing, but ....he was so nice and can do zero wrong. Gaga IS George (she is cool for now).
Pretty incitful from THE GEORGE. Hope he is doing better and the monkeys are not screeching as loud. Heroin aint no joke to fiddle with and neither is coke for that matter. I was crushed to hear Lady G claim to mess with coke no and then. Some of her stupider fans may think its ok to try out coke and get lost to us all. DONT MESS WITH COKE OR AT LEAST KEEP IT TO YOURSELF !!!!
Gaga sucks just another star for the moment in a few years someone else will replace her. Shame on any parent of kids under the age of 18 who lets them listen to her crap or go see such a wonderful role model!!!. Her political babblings no wonder she is for illegal immigration how else will she get her coke if its stopped no more mules no more coke. Yeah Ashley Simpson WAS a star until they found out she lip syncs and her voice was edited and soon they will find out the same about Dudely Gag me go away Gaga go live in Mexico they like you there!!
Wow, what a moron.
For the record: even my soon to be 60 year old mother loves Gaga. In fact, she liked her before I did. I used to hate her until I heard 'Paparazzi' and the Fame Monster dropped. Now all I have is love for her. (I'm over 20, myself.)
As for her being a 'role model', she's admitted her problems with drugs before but she's a mature woman who appears to know what she's doing. She's a human being, not some deity to be put on a pedestal. But I'd say it's cool to look up to her since she's a great artist who WORKED her way up and calls the shots. She is no industry creation. But keep it in perspective.
"Dudely Gag"? She's a biological female, smart one. Even if she had XY chromosomes and/or a penis, she would still be a woman. Transs@xualism is a clinical condition. Look it up.
Honestly, I can't wait for the day when we do have a transwoman (or transman) pop star. I won't hold my breath for it, though.
Why is Lady Gaga's drug use even news? She talked about coking it up in Rolling Stone over a year ago.
As for Boy George, he's just a bitter old queen who hasn't been in the limelight for years so he feels the need to pick on a young person to make himself feel important. I could be all wrong but this happens to many queens when they reach a certain age. It's sad, really. He needs to get his ass out of bed and work on making a 'comeback'. (I am a fan of Boy George, for the record.)
Besides, Gaga is a grown woman who can take care of herself. She doesn't need anyone lecturing her.
Scottie V obviously knows not the basics of addiction.
"Each time one uses LSD the body produces a near 100percent tolerance to the substance and that will last nearly 1-2weeks."
That's WRONG. I tripped every weekend in my late teens and early 20's. NO TOLERANCE EVER. Drop some acid and learn.
I tried Coke twice. First time nothing, nada. No reaction. The second time WOW!!!! Fabulous!! Loved it!! The Best!! And that is exactly why the second time was the last time. That was about 18 years ago. Haven't touched it since.
Ironically, Lady GaGa may only occasionally use coke, but might abuse Heroin. Thereby, it still makes her statement of occasionally using coke … still true.
If anyone should know about drug use, it's The Boy. He sure has done enough in his time. Drugs happen to most of them when they hit the top, so not surprised there. George is just shooting it straight. I have yet to meet anyone who used coke "once or twice" a year. If it was that occasional she would not even think to mention it. With that, you can tell by her actions that she uses drugs... She will hit the wall, eventually. I wish her well when it happens and hope she doesn't kill herself in the process.
he is just mad cause she is a better looking guy who dresses like a girl
It has nearly %100 destroyed everyone it's ever touched ,a litlle bit don't make you immune,and as said there's just no such thing.
George i wish you would get serious and release some new music..i know theres more good stuff in you.
I miss the good old days when no one wrote about celebrity drug use because no one cared and no one was surprised that celebrities did drugs. Can you imagine ANYONE being even slightly surprised that the Stones or Zepplin did drugs? Or Janis Joplin? Jimi Hendrix? The Velvet Underground? Even... Boy George?
In this case BG was completely misinformed. Which leads people to believe that he wants attention.
I'd still give George a facial, such a pretty mouth...could do without the eyeliner, but I'd let him...nevermind. Just good to see that George still has money enough to be lounging around in bed while reading the online tabloids...wait a minute, so do we all...gotta love CNN
Every time a celeb from an older era criticizes a celeb of the current generation, a number of people will say they're doing it to get headlines. Every time. Doesn't it seem incredibly unlikely that 100% of those cases are attempts to remind people you still exist? People can be so cynical.
It is kinda scary, but I thought the same thing that George did...taken in the context of her interview, it is kind of odd that she just offers it up, sort of out of left field. Sort of like she was justifying it. I guess the question is "occassional" compared to what or who. Compared to John Belushi or Whitney Houston, perhaps three or four times a week is occassional...compared to me or you, once or twice a year is a lot. Obviously BG has no more insight than we do as to how or why she said what she said, but I thought it curious that she chose to say it in the context of that interview, not like she was being accused by the interviewer.
Nobody forces you to listen to it. If you don't like it then don't listen to it buddy. Its pretty simple *rolls eyes
If any one would know this subject, it would be Boy George who, I'm sure, has made many of his casual comments about drugs.
George, whatever you can say about this... we're all listening. You've been there, done it, and even got a t-shirt to prove it.
Still love you!
You know, I'd like to put a bowl of Coke the size of Texas in from of Lady gag-gag so she could partake until her head blows clean off... then maybe we'll get some relief from that pathetic garbage she calls music.
JLS – that was hilarious...I LMAO.....!
it must be the new thing to talk about other people like they are nothing. i like gaga. she's a little out there, but boy george was front and center of being different. shame on him for passing judgement.
hey fat boy. jealous, much?
In other news, Boy George's double chin consumes neck...
Have you ever heard of the word Moderation. Some people can some can't. I would say that Gaga can.
Boy George isn't dead yet?
Is it too much to ask CNN to proof read articles? Even if it is just celebrity gossip, I think CNN cares enough about their reputation to have someone look over something before they post it.
Not to mention the kid is just like 25, so she thinks she knows things and has lived enough life to make asinine comments that have the ring of truth, but we are too dumb to know when she is telling a lie because she thinks we all are under her spell... She ripped off Madonna and thinks we are just little people who can never reach her level of understanding, what a dumb cvnt...
Wow. You're creating a giant ego which she has never displayed. At least not one of that size. She's always said that anyone can do what she's doing. And you know what? She's right. You just have to want it badly enough.
I think the real issue IS, when you have lots of money and you don't have a job you go to everyday and you like to party and be seen at the IN places, you are very likely to start becoming more than an occasional user. And yeah, acid is not even close to being as recreational drug as coke.
I can hear her now as someone or herself pulls out the bullet, "Now I just said I don't do this much, so you didn't see this happening riiiiiiiiiiiight? Tee hee...". I bet she doesn't consider a bump even use, it has to be a totally all night rager for her to call it "use"... Don't let this kid fool you. In the end it comes out, in a book or because it ruined her career. When one admits they don't have a lover of significant other when famous, it's because they have drugs/alcohol and friends who enable them instead... Just ask Lindsey.
AS FOR LADY GA GA COCAINE WILL DESTROY HER IF IT IS ABUSED AND COKE IS ADDICTIVE.
IT SEEMS A PART OF NYC LIFE.
IN YOUR DAY BOY GEORGE YOU WERE OUT OF CONTROL ON DRUGS.
HOW OFTEN DOES AN AMERICAN MICHAEL RUDETSKY DROP DEAD IN LONDON AT YOUR APT.
BOY GEORGE AND MARILYN TOOK OFF WHEN IT HAPPENED. THE POOR KID WAS A TALENTED MUSICIAN.
I KNOW YOU ALSO FROM 79TH AND COLOMBUS AVE.
Recovery is paramount. These drugs are not for me. Best to George and Gaga.
There's the pot calling the kettle black for you! For Gods sake, who cares what another two by twice would be has-been ex(maybe) druggie has to say? Like Robin Williams once said "Do you really want to hurt me? YES WE DO".
The thing is, is that he has his facts wrong. She stated that she only does it twice a year, making his claim absurd and ignorant. IMO she won't be going anywhere anytime soon, but only time will tell.
Boy George is still touring & selling albums as well as being a high demand (pricey) dj all around the world, so as far as him being jealous of the shady lady, not. He made more than enough $ back in the 80's & is still banking. He has always had a loose tongue & offers his opinions on anything & everything just like everybody else does. She is working an angle. Which one? Who cares. She'll be gone soon enough like all the other flavors of the moment & will eventually have her own reality show.
She will be around for a while. She is a very skilled pianist/musician with a Masters in Music – worked in numerous studio sessions writing and recording before she became Gaga.
The thing I find most astonishing about Lady Gaga's media dominance (drug-use aside) is the fact that after hearing her songs played ad infinitum on radio, her video rotation on constant loop on t.v. and her face plastered on every music publication, when it comes down to it, she's just making garden-variety dance music. Yes, I agree that Lady Gaga has talent with decent piano skills and a decent voice, but, her music isn't really moving 21st century culture ANYWHERE. It's almost like she is a litmus test how stagnant the pop culture times are. Unless you are 17 or under, if the public actually thinks Gaga is the greatest artist out there, what does that say about the public? The electronica genre has thousand's of artists in it's field, ALL of them creating a more "future-sound" then Gaga. She seems very "status-quo. Not hating, just REALLY puzzled!
Why does GaGa do and say the things she does?
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law"
That's fine, but every action has consequences! Time will tell!
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. A particle placed in motion will continue in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. – Issac Newton
Isnt it this like being an occasional smoker, on Plenty of Fish ?? Cough Cough , I am LOL
BG is just mad cuz he wishes he could pull her outfits hahaha!! dude is a f*kin looser.... Gaga on the other hand is a true artist...let her do coke, it's obviously not pulling her down....not everyone is a looser addict like BG
If you want to get out, you've got to take her out, cocaine!
If you want to get down, down on the ground, cocaine!
Don't forget one fact, you can't go back, cocaine!
– J.J. Cale
How many times do I have to "report abuse"?
An even more interesting take is GaGa is pro-amnestyfor illegal immigrants – yet her occasional drug use contributes to the narco wars south of the border which are causing many to flee here (right or wrong). This woman has blood on her hands. Anyone who does coke, whether habitually or "occasionally" has a lot of complicity in the murder of innocent civilians in Mexico, Central American and South America. That is not in keeping with her love and peace persona that she pulls out whenever it is convenient for her.
I agree, how is this news? I didn't know CNN was trying to compete with TMZ?
Oh yea she's coked up!
Wow, this qualifies as news. That's it. NATIONAL JOURNALISM IS DEAD.
Boy George is the last person in the world to be taken seriously about any topic.
He is an expert in bending over!
YOUR OPINIONS ARE UNNECESSARY. NO ONE HERE GIVES A
Gaga is fabulous as Boy George once was, but he is far from a boy, no surprise there, so why does he continue to use the ridiculous moniker when he looks like a middle aged woman? He's just trying to scoop up some leftover press from Gaga's career
People can't read I suppose. Or they read only what they want to hear.
Didn't you read the whole interview?? In the very next line of the interview she is very specific about what she means by occasional. What nonsense.
Personally, I hope hope she continues her success. You don't see people blow up like this often. If you can explode the way she has AND hang in there for the duration, it really is a fantastic thing.
I think you need facts. In the Vanity Fair interview she specified and said it was about twice a year that she used coke.
Hmmm. You know. I was just thinking......Maybe while shooting that "Telephone" video, she liked the Jail setting.....Hmmmm.......Maybe shes huntin Lohan
whatis to question they are usually both stoned and Gagass comments never made sense at the best of times
I guess once you get the entire world to look at you and you sort of have them by the (kohoogas)so to speak....you can
virtually say just about anything you want to anyone you want.....Hey I bet if she was pulled over by the law and was
snorting a line while the officer was writing a ticket...she would say " What's with that poker face you want some?"
She is in that "I cant be touched reality" high and on fame and glory....but trust if just a few were watching her before these comments now the everyone has their eye on her..I would like to see one of the top rappers...r&b...or country singers make this comment and tommorow we will be here about them in be hoisted off to jail.
Gotta differ regarding the talent. Its there. Pop is pop though. Thump thump thump with the same 4 notes a lot of the time. She's classically trained, but you're not gonna sell a lot of records with classical and mutli part rondo numbers.
I have to agree with B-Dog, never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would ever agree with anything Boy George said, but I have to say that when I heard that about the "occasional" coke use, I had the exact same thoughts as Boy George. But then again, maybe to her once a day is occasional.
Lady Gaga is just Madonna 20 years later with a lot less talent and fancier props.
So she's unprofessional according to you, simply by how she dresses? News flash, people pay to see her dressed like that. Nobody forces them to watch or listen to her.
I've seen it destroy people. Personally she needs to recognize the cracks in her foundations it will cause and how they can grow only larger. Her management, publishing and recording labels should all intervene, lest they loose their gravy train of gaga revenue.
Outside of that, why cast shadows on the most exciting time in your life with a substance that is great while doing it, but leaves you only wanting more. Experience the moment, not the pitfalls so many others have fallen to in a meteoric rise to fame and creative work. Pop indeed, but creative nonetheless
This guy looks like a drag queen gone bad!... But, he is right!
He is a drag queen gone bad. I guess you don't remember Boy George. Actually looks like Gaga is imitating him.
Nothing like shameless pop star promotion of a highly addictive lethal substance!
I'm not a Pop fan, but I really like Gaga as an artist. I wouldn't buy her albums but the music and entertainment she does is great work. But she drooped the ball on this one. Not that she uses it , that's her business. Just to bother going on record as advertising it. I was addicted to cocaine for a time myself several years ago but thankfully pulled myself out of the glamourization of it in certain circles to see it for what it really is, a foul corruptive rotten substance.
If evil existed tangibly outside of the human mind and were embodied in a consumable form, coke is it. You just don't go around suggesting that using it ain't such a bad idea when you know people are going to follow your example. It might not be fair that you're required to set an example when you're famous, but thats kind of the trade off for millions of dollars to do art and be in the limelight.
Show me proof boy george. How can you be "annoyingly professional? At least she is professional. I sense jealousy.
Gaga AIN'T PORFESSIONAL! Especially when you look at how she was dressed at one of her last concerts. Nude panties, pasties & fishnet unitard. ICK! And she crowd surfed in that! I would have let her splat on the ground!!!
I don't think he is making comments to enhance his career. This guy has been there and done that. Heck, for that matter I believe when he did go down due to the drug use, it was quite elaborate.
I think what he is trying to say, is that when people are all caught up with drugs their perception of "occasionally" is done with "their perception". Hate to be cliche but, it's like saying you are a little pregnant. Last time I checked, you are or you aren't...you can't just occasionally be pregnant. Perception to an addict is not the same perception to a novice.
As far as Gaga goes. I would love to see what she would be like without all the gimmicks and the shock value of what she does. Simply, get rid off all the synths, drum machines, and fixings in the studio. If you listen to her music, most of it is written in the key of C and stays within those 10 notes. Yes, you maybe a performer; but are you actually an artist?
Just my thoughts.
artist? maybe, but that would up for an individual to decide. But stripped away from all those things I bet should could basically carry a tune. And she looks good.
Stripped down she's a guy. There's not much hope for Gaga's "music".
They key of C only has 7 notes.
Not strictly true. I take his meaning to be that her music mostly sits in the same 10 note range in the key of C
Who is Boy George to make criticisms of anyone? The guy is a freak.
Because Boy george has the experience from back in the day to know about it. If you are too young to know he was everywhere back in the mid 80s, he felt totally untouchable and partied hard...
How about that cat with four ears! Whaaat? You don't know about that? Now, friends, that's REAL news. Even Boy George likes cats! And Lady Gaga eats 'em for breakfast with cocaine sprinkles...
Boy George is taking that out of context. After she said she uses it occasionally, she defined that as "a couple times a year." As a fan of Gaga, I personally don't like hearing that she uses drugs. But then again, I don't believe her either. She's just saying things to keep everyone talking about her in the press. She's not dumb. And it is odd that Boy George is trying to make headlines using Gaga. Sad.
Why would you not believe her when she herself admits to doing drugs? That's what I call denial.
I would question why Lady Gaga insisted on dressing so–er, um–briefly when she interacted with the crowd at Lollapalooza? In the immortal words of Jay Leno when he grilled Hugh Grant about Divine Brown, "What the h*ll were you thinking?"
More importantly... why doesn't Boy George (who I quite adore) know the difference between "your" and "you're"? He gets it correct the second time. :)
Teh internetz werr mayd fer typos. ; )
If you are going to correct someone's grammar, I would suggest checking your own. BG may have gotten the "your/you're" distinction wrong:
"More importantly... why doesn't Boy George (who I quite adore) know the difference between "your" and "you're"? He gets it correct the second time..."
but there's also the difference between "who" and "whom", where you should have said:
"More importantly... why doesn't Boy George (WHOM I quite adore) know the difference between "your" and "you're"? He gets it correct(LY) the second time..."
WHO is the subject (or the WH- equivalent of the subject to the verb BE) and WHOM is the (direct) object of the verb ADORE. The two "WH"'S are different and signify two different things (and "doers"). Say what you mean and mean what you say...and KNOW what you're talking about (or KNOW about tTHAT WHICH/WHAT you are talking, to be more precise.)
Other than that, BG is right, and he speaks from experience (felony conviction for unlawful imprisonment due to drug-addictive behavior a life-long struggle notwithstanding). Grammar lesson over.
Take the beam out of my own eye time – let's delete my typos:
f you are going to correct someone's grammar, I would suggest checking your own. BG may have gotten the "your/you're" distinction wrong:
"More importantly... why doesn't Boy George (WHOM I quite adore) know the difference between "your" and "you're"? He gets it correct the second time..."
WHO is the subject (or the WH- equivalent of the subject to the verb BE) and WHOM is the (direct) object of the verb ADORE (accusative case). The two WHs are different and signify two different things ("doer" and "do-ee"). Say what you mean and mean what you say...and KNOW what you're talking about (or KNOW about THAT WHICH/WHAT you are talking, to be more precise.)
Other than that, BG is right, and he speaks from experience (felony conviction for unlawful imprisonment due to drug-addictive behavior a life-long struggle notwithstanding). Grammar lesson over.
why are his fake teeth yellow?
I believe, but don't quote me on it, that he is standing under a yellow light (or several). If you look at the light coming down onto his shoulder, you can see that it is yellow. Could also have something to do with reflection from his yellow hat (probably unlikely though as it is far away from his mouth) like when you were a kid (or one of yours) put a buttercup flower under your chin to see if you liked butter :).
He is European – they all have yellow (or no) teeth
guess this his only way to make news now. he should stick to the make-up and keep his mouth shut.
That's exactly what I was thinking,..:) all of a sudden this Boy George who was almost popular 30+ years ago now want's to be in the spotlight...... truely pathetic...
like seinfeld says...take the last A from gaga and you have GAG
I just dont like Lady Gaga I hate her!!!
She is so fake!
I think BG is right in everyword he said.
And dont get me wrong Im gay and Im just 20 years old, Im not an old dude that hates gaga.
I'm an old guy that rather likes gaga. But I do agree that her recent admission is at best unwise.
I disagree...for every single addict who goes out of control, there are several folks who only use recreationally and have complete control. Not only have I observed that directly in my life, but statistics on drug use largely confirm that...with the exception of stuff like heroin, crack and meth. I've known quite a few occasional coke users in my time.
Not sure what you mean by 'fake', from where I sit it's called theatrics (or if you prefer – self promotion), and the gaga is simply trying to extend the attempts to shock us made by popular by none other than Madonna.
Whatever it is she does, it aint art (same applies to Madonna).
And Boy George checking in on the topic ... for those who are agreeing with him, remember a broken clock is right twice a day.
I agree with Boy George. I know that I was not an "occasional" cocaine user - one line & in my case addicted for many years. All we can do is wish her well
When you woke up this morning, did you think you would be typing out "I agree with Boy George" ?
@B-Dog: That was friggin' HILARIOUS!
(When you woke up this morning, did you think you would be typing out "I agree with Boy George" ?)
B-Dog is funny! And he has a very valid point. Who would've ever thought ANYONE would be agreeing with him. Truth can be stranger than fiction.
Boy George is still pretty after all these years.
Must be the protein facials.
I agree exactly. My sister confessed that she occassionally sniffed some coke and she wasn't addicted. Once she got clean she admitted she was doing it several times a week, everytime someone pulled it out she was sniffing it. Anyone who says they occassionally use any sort of narcotic (heavy drugs such as acid, coke, heroin, etc) are full of crap, they're hitting it very regularly.
Why on earth she would even confess this to variety is beyond me. Her audience is between 7 – 20 who more than likely consider her a role model. No pop star who has such a young fan base ever disclose their drug habits publicly and even dismiss the fact the no less.
Well, see, we are not all weak-minded and instantly addicted. You may have been, Boy George may have been; that does not mean Lady Gaga cannot control her vices. I did coke, three different days in one week(I didn't really get much effect the first time), and those were the first, then last, times that I touched the stuff...this was like 2 years ago. Some of us can control ourselves.
@Joe – acid is a heavy drug like coke and heroin? A narcotic? Ummm...no. Totally different class. Read up, then post.
Joe- It is nearly impossible to use Acid regularly. Each time one uses LSD the body produces a near 100percent tolerance to the substance and that will last nearly 1-2weeks.
Dan, I wasn't going to say anything about LSD being a "narcotic" but I'm glad you did!
This is ridiculous, this man Boy George and his family has NO RIGHT to talk about anyone, he is a lost soul...
Yep, he is right, she is one coked out wig head. Go figure, she has got to be on something with those get ups.
No one is "addicted" to coke after "one line". That is a bunch of just say no hysteria. Addiction is a physical condition. The body has become habituated to a substance to the extent that removal of that substance causes a physical withdrawal response. You may have an addictive personality, enjoyed your fist line so much that you continued using until you reached the point of physical dependancy (addiction), but to say you were addicted after one line is simply false. In your case, due to your personality type, it is likely that you become "addicted" to anything that you enjoy greatly. Could have been coke, could have been candy bars. Some people can actually use coke (or candy bars) occasionally with little or no harmful effects.
@ b-dog ... priceless comment of the day! LOL
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