Lady Gaga Attacks New York Times Fashion Critic
The pop star accuses certain writers for being too negative in their reviews, and questions the worth of such writings. "So my question, V readers, is this: When does the critique or review become insult and not insight? Injury and not intellect?," she poses.
Later, the singer suggests that everyone can be a critic, and pits Horyn's work up against that of the everyday blogger. Gaga writes:
"In the age of the Internet, when collections and performances are so accessible to the public and anyone can post a review on Facebook or Twitter, shouldn’t columnists and reviewers, such as Cathy Horyn, employ a more modern and forward approach to criticism, one that separates them from the average individual at home on their laptop? The public is certainly not stupid, and as Twitter queen, I can testify that the range of artistic and brilliant intellectuals I hear from on a daily basis is staggering and inspiring."
She continues to make a case for distinguishable insights, and references Horyn once again.
"In the year 2011, everyone is posting reviews. So how does someone like Ms. Horyn separate herself from the online pack? The reality of today’s media is that there are no echelons, and if they’re not careful, the most astute and educated journalists can be reduced to gossipers, while a 14-year-old who doesn’t even have a high school locker yet can master social media engines and, incidentally, generate a specific, well-thought-out, debatable opinion about fashion and music that is then considered by 200 million people on Twitter."
Gaga has been a fashion risk-taker from day one, and has worked with notable designers, many of whom have been critiqued by the New York Times writer. At one point, the singer lets the journalist off the hook ever-so-slightly. "To be fair, Ms. Horyn, the more critical question to ask is: When did the pretense of fashion become more important than its influence on a generation? Why have we decided that one person’s opinion matters more than anyone else’s?"
Finally, the singer calls for the death of pretension and hierarchy in the world of fashion. "Perhaps the pretension belongs in formaldehyde. And the hierarchy is embalmed -- for us all to remember nostalgically, and honor that it once was modern, but is now irrelevant. Peanut."