Photo Credit: Steven Klein
Once again, Lady Gaga has gotten people talking! To advertise her new fragrance Fame, the provocative pop singer posed nude in a black mask, with tiny male figures crawling all over her body. When iVillage shared the surreal photo yesterday on our Facebook page, we got a big response -- and like her infamous "meat dress," Gaga's new ad has readers very divided about whether it's a work of art ("daring," according to one reader) or just plain gross ("disturbing," in the words of another). Here are just a few of your reactions...
It's a bold artistic statement.
"I am not a big fan of hers, but I dig this! It reminds me of Man Ray," said one Facebook user (referring to the surrealist photographer who did stuff like this). "I actually like the picture," said another reader. "For me it boils down to man's obsession with a woman's body and having nothing to do with her brain. A bold statement to man's fascination with a female body and flesh, the eternal thirst of wanting more of her..."
It makes you want to take a shower.
"Ugh...if that's what fame looks like, i'll pass," said one reader! The words "disgusting" and "distasteful" came up a lot in the Facebook reactions, with lots of readers finding the image totally creepy. "Look like ticks hanging on a dog on a hot summers day..Ugh!" someone observed. "It should be [an ad] for body wash with people climbing all over her," writes another person. Then again, one fan thought that it would have been better if there had been more creepy-crawlies in the ad. "OMG, I thought it was cool when I thought she was covered in spiders!" writes the confused fan. "Not so cool with my glasses on! Hide this from the children!"
Think of the children!
Lots of you thought this ad was sending the wrong message to Gaga's younger fans. "How can this woman be a role model for kids with her Lady Gaga Foundation? Seriously?" asked one reader. "There is no need to have pictures like that especially because children may get a hold of it!" complained another. "Those little people all over her areas of the body.....my goodness! Have some pride." Another Facebook user pleaded, "I personally appeal to young and up-coming female artists not to copy this type of indecent and most irresponsible dressing." (Don't worry, dude -- we don't see this becoming the next runway trend.)
It's Gaga being Gaga.
A lot of you seemed to feel that this ad was par for the course when it comes to Gaga and her over-the-top antics. "Everything with Gaga is "Yikes" and "WTFs" - but it's what makes her stand out! Don't hate," urges one reader. "Ok....Like WOW! Who would expect less from her?" said another. "Love it. She sparks conversation and that makes life fun!" adds an approving Facebook user.
Positive or negative, we imagine that Lady Gaga is loving all this attention. On Wednesday, she tweeted another (nudity free) ad for her perfume: a black-and-white film, in French with subtitles, showing handsome chemists concocting Gaga's perfume in a bizarre laboratory. Watch below, then take our poll to weigh in on the controversy!