Jack White is not the first person to think poorly of Lady Gaga, and he definitely won’t be the last. But he’s not a regular Joe, so when he tells a major magazine that Gaga’s image has “no meaning behind it,” he’s going to make headlines, whether he likes it or not.
In a new interview with Esquire UK, White slammed Gaga, Twitter and the state of modern celebrity. He bashed the singer for being all “artifice,” and compared her music to a sound bite.
“It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite. It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want.”
White continue his attack by saying that only comedians should have Twitter because the site is all about one liners.
“You don’t want Gore Vidal telling you, ‘I’m doing my dishes right now.”
You don’t? Anyway, White also criticized today’s celebrities saying that the only goal of it is to “make yourself the lowest common denominator.”
After the magazine published his insults, White took some of it back. He wrote a statement on his website, blaming Esquire UK for twisting his words, and also called out NME for putting quotation marks where they don’t belong. He also mentioned that he thinks the new wave of journalism mutes artists, discouraging them from giving real, creative answers during interviews.
“I’d like to address the recent tabloidesque drama baiting by the press in regards to Lady Gaga. I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as “cool” or “weird” quickly and dispose of it. I don’t like my comments about lady gaga’s presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you’re going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote. Maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task, but i’ll just use the Internet and Twitter instead. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don’t stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises.
Peace to Lady Gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it’s given to help create change.”
White is right to say that some quote are taken out of context, but that’s why one must be careful with words, especially if you’re not a regular guy who likes beer and watches football like Mr. White.
What do you think? Do you agree with White?
Other Source: Rolling Stone