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Lady Gaga’s album-themed charity only gave out $5,000 in grants in 2012, after spending $1.85 million on lawyer, PR and social media fees. As the New York Post gleefully reported Wednesday, the Born This Way Foundation’s tax filings show several five- and six-figure fees for things like legal costs ($406,552), publicity ($58,678), social media ($50,000) and “philanthropic consulting” ($150,000). The tax forms don’t, however, say where the funds came from — and in 2011 Gaga announced that she would front the bulk of the money for the foundation when it launched the next year.
Poet Caroline Rothstein performs ‘Fat’, a powerful slam on her years dealing with an eating disorder.
Lady Gaga tweeted this earlier tonight (“A poem by a very inspiring woman. Called ‘FAT’ Welcome to the revolution.”), after Rothstein posted the video saying she is “SO grateful for Lady Gaga for her bravery and championship in spearheading this crucial conversation!”
It’s pretty awesome. You should watch it.
Lady Gaga’s cover of Vogue’s September issue: revealed.
A young Lady Gaga was once “purposefully not invited” to a party hosted by classmates. On Monday, they asked her how much fun she had at the…oh, whoops! Mean. So now Lady Gaga is launching a group called the Born This Way Foundation that aims to mentor kids in self-confidence and fight bullying. Take that, bullies! Momma Monster does not forget.
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Senior reporter Jacob Bernstein hung out with Madonna for an upcoming piece in the January 30th issue of Newsweek, and got her thoughts on Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way.’
I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song (‘Express Yourself’). I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was…interesting.
Side-by-side video comparison here.
Shots fired. [Click here for more.]
New Music of the Day: Lady Gaga - “Judas”
The second single off Born This Way drops early following the leak of a low-quality clip.
BTW hits stores May 23 via Interscope.
Lyrics to the breakdown bridge-y bit:
"In the most Biblical sense, I am beyond repentance. Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind. But in the cultural sense, I just speak in future tense. Judas kiss me if offenced, or wear an ear condom next time."
Parents! Beware! Pop culture will poison your children! But we’re kind of digging this anti-Gaga PSA from commonsense.org, and not because we’re worried for the kids.
Well, that definitely backfired: now we have 12-year-old girls singing “f—k me baby” stuck in our heads. #Oops