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Jack White: Lady Gaga is 'all artifice'

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In a new interview with Esquire UK, Jack White ripped Lady Gaga and celebrity culture, lamenting celebrities' efforts to appear relatable, which he thinks leads to unfair expectations of normalcy. "The goal of modern celebrity is to make yourself into the lowest common denominator," said White. "'Hey, I'm a guy just like you. I like a beer, a football game.' Especially in reality television, you'll see people will go so far as to make a fool out of themselves just to prove that."

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Lady Gaga took the brunt of White's criticism as the rocker bashed the pop star for making insubstantial, empty music. "I don't think she lives it, because it's all artifice," he said. "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. They want a Twitter line, a jpeg, an MP3." White particularly disparaged Twitter. "I think the only people who should have [Twitter accounts] are comedians. Because it's all about one-liners," he said. "You don't want Gore Vidal telling you, 'I'm doing my dishes right now.'"

Although White has been busy this year with solo LP "Blunderbuss," a tour and various doings at his Third Man Records boutique in Nashville, Tenn., the guitarist said he "will always miss the White Stripes," his band with Meg White, which broke up in 2011.

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Dec 9, 2012 8:08PM

opinions are like ****s, everyone has one and some jack's remarks about Lady GaGa obviously jealous of her and I listen to her music because it's good and wonderful with or without her costumes unlike Jack that should look into a gimmick or something.

Dec 5, 2012 8:09PM

I wasn't sure what to make of Lady Gaga until seeing a recent televised concert of hers. It was extremely long - she and her backup dancers were moving and singing through the entire thing. She spoke to the audience, and recognized individuals in the crowd. I found her surprisingly emotional, brutally hardworking, and came away from the experience moved and with great affection for her. I saved the taping I'd done for my husband - who thought I was nuts, but enjoyed it as well. She is a "performance artist" - and once I got that idea, I could fully appreciate her.


Jack White is an elite musician. By that I mean, he is brilliant, educated, entertaining, and likely one of the best on the planet at this time. Not everyone gets to be that. Most people have to sing (and have it cleaned up mechanically), have some kind of distracting look, light shows, back-up dancers - sometimes an army of backup dancers. There's a place for that entertainment, and it's fun. More people can attempt it - not everyone is a Jack White, a guitar god like Clapton, a singer like Adele.


Appreciate people for what they are. I'm delighted by some of Lady Gaga's work, and grateful for  her generous beauty inside and out. I love her message of acceptance - literally a lifeline for people. How can you not love her for making 'Acceptance' a movement? Jack White is an enormous talent - enjoy both. Don't listen to gossip - listen to what makes you dance or smile or makes your life sweeter. Music does that. Don't let anyone limit you. If you're going to find a 'guilty pleasure' - music is the place to do it - can't hurt anyone else and it can't hurt you.






Dec 5, 2012 7:45PM
Don't know Jack--but Jack knows what he is talking about.  His take on Gaga is considerably less important than his take on celebrity culture--particularly as it is played out on social media, like Twitter.  So, though Jack's message is not news, it IS news when those trapped in the culture refuse to remain chained to it and come out swinging.  Good news because the culture can only be killed from the inside; on the outside, there are only the supporters, groupies, and myrmidons--look that one up Millenials!!!!
Dec 5, 2012 6:30PM
He is absolutely right, she's all about the gimmick. I shelled out $250 to see her in concert; she spent a quarter of the time talking about how it's not about the money and another quarter changing costumes.  I only spend $40 to see him in concert. Jack White is the only rock legend of this generation. He's been in 3 successful bands and his solo project is an enormous success.  Everything he touches turns to gold because he is a creative genius and he always strives to be better.  This guy knows what he is talking about. Lady Gaga's tunes are catchy but I would never ever see her again. Ever!

P.S. to those who think he doesn't have a career: he sells out the venue in my city in under 5 minutes!!!

Dec 5, 2012 5:43PM
obviously he's jealous...twat! you should be half as talented as Gaga
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