While the stunt where Lady Gaga got puked on by performance artist Millie Brown at South by Southwest was the epitome of gross to most of us, Gaga believes it was “art in its purest form.”
“We both really believe in artistic expression and strong identities, and I support [Millie] in what she does. And ARTPOP, my new album, is about bringing music and art together in the spirit of creative rebellion,” Lady Gaga told Savannah Guthrie on Today. “But we totally understand that some people won’t be into it.”
Among those who aren’t “into it” is Demi Lovato, who said calling the performance “art” wasn’t an excuse “to do whatever you want without the consequences.” Demi, who has been very open about her eating disorder struggle added on Twitter, “As if we didn’t have enough people glamorizing eat disorders already. Bottom line, it’s not ‘cool’ or ‘artsy’ at all.”
Gaga didn’t specifically address Demi’s criticism on Today, but seemed to be unfazed by broad backlash.
“Did we want the controversy? I suppose it doesn’t matter,” she said of the festival performance. “Either way, we don’t make things for any intention in particular other than in the spirit of entertaining the crowd and creating something that is really for the moment. It wasn’t meant for the Today Show. It was meant for a club performance in Austin, and we had a great time.”
Looking back, Gaga said it was one of the best moments of her career: “For us, that performance was art in its purest form.”
Agree to disagree!