Lady Gaga has gone on the offense to defend her highly stylized new music video, “Telephone,” saying that it is groundbreaking because it deals with the issues of homosexuality and transgender people.
The nine-minute-long video begins with Lady Gaga being taken into a women’s prison, where there are scenes of nudity, swearing and a lesbian kiss. Later, Lady Gaga and video co-star Beyonce break out of the prison and go on the lam.
They end up on America’s Most Wanted List after poisoning everyone in a roadside diner and then breaking into a dance routine with a bevy of sexy hoofers.
The video has generated considerable backlash. But Lady Gaga said she is proud that she touched on sensitive subjects and believes the video will be remembered for breaking several taboos.
“There are transsexual women and transgender women and suddenly it becomes poisonous and something else because there are some people in this world that believe being gay is a choice. It’s not a choice, we’re born this way. That’s why for me this video is groundbreaking because it has one foot in the art community and one foot in the commercial world,” she said.
“I told Beyonce this after it aired, you’ll see this video is not just great now but six months from now what this video will mean. Hearing people say the video is sadomasochistic or that the video promotes murder for young people, it’s my personal belief that the video is getting so much attention not because of those themes because I’ve done those themes before, haven’t I?” Lady Gaga said.