The video: Lady Gaga has premiered the video for her new song "Born This Way" — and it's just as impressively incomprehensible as you might expect. (Watch it below.) In the seven-minute video, directed by photographer Nick Knight, Gaga appears variously as a pregnant, three-eyed alien; a skeleton in a tuxedo; and a gun-toting Barbarella-style space vixen — alongside a unicorn, plenty of "symbolic vaginal imagery," and a gruesome intro portraying "the birth of a new race within the race of humanity." The single has already become the fastest-selling song on iTunes, and became the 1,000th song to top the Billboard singles chart.
The reaction: "If the mark of a pop promo is its jaw-dropping impact," says Neil McCormick at The Daily Telegraph, this one succeeds stunningly. "We watch a Gaga alien goddess with her legs in stirrups giving birth to herself, in a boggle-eyed blur of amniotic fluids and questionable prosthetics." MTV's editors must be frantically trying to edit the internet version into something vaguely broadcastable. Still, after the opening's "vivid birthy goo," says Eric R. Danton at the Hartford Courant, the video segues into a unmemorable song-and-dance routine "with less of a visual narrative" than her celebrated short films for "Bad Romance" and "Telephone." Watch it here:
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency
- Don't argue about politics this Thanksgiving. Just don't.
- After Ferguson: Stop deferring to the cops
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- 10 things you need to know today: November 26, 2014
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow
Subscribe to the Week