MTV worries me… Part 1; Glamorous Pain

Some time ago Sociological Images published a brilliant blog (although, when are their blogs anything but?) that pointed out the sexualised violence in Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi video. It should never have been surprising that this video was going to be controversial, since it was directed by Jonas Akerlund of (the incredibly NSFW) Smack My Bitch Up video fame.

There is a brilliant critique of the Paparazzi video over at ‘amplify your voice’ where writer Michelle identifies the 13 (who knew there were so many!) female models posed as murdered/dead through-accident-or-suicide. Michelle rightly questions why they are there, and it seems that it’s the same old story of ‘to look glamorous, sexy and shocking‘.  It’s America’s Next Top Model all over again, where the models were asked to play dead for one of the photoshoot challenges.

Lady Gaga Paparazzi Dead Model

But maybe I’m becoming desensitised to the ’sexy dead woman’ images (oh what a world we live in when I can type that sentence!)  because, even though I found this element of the video deeply problematic, what I found most disturbing whilst watching Paparazzi was the eroticised treatment of the Gaga character’s pain and discomfort… (more…)

By: Sarah Barnes, 12.11.2009 | Comments (3)
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