Lady Gaga has proven she knows how to stand up for herself time and time again – particularly when it comes to inappropriate sexist comments – as demonstrated in an unearthed clip from a 2009 interview that has gone viral.
In the snippet, a 23-year-old Gaga is asked if she’s “scared that having sexual references can undermine music”. Clearly irked by the comment, she disagrees, before responding to her next question that “the gay community” has been the biggest thrill of her career so far.
When asked why, she promptly responds: “‘Cause I love them so much. Because they don’t ask me questions like that. Because they love sexual, strong women who speak their mind.”
She powerfully adds: “You see, if I was a guy and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hands grabbing my crotch talking about how I make music because I like fast cars and f**king girls, you’d call me a rock star. But when I do it in my music and video because I’m a female and I make pop music, you’re judgemental and say it’s distracting. I’m just a rock star.” Mic drop.
But get this: that’s not the only time Lady Gaga has clapped back at inappropriate questions from her interviewers. Let us not forget the sickening amount of times she had to respond to probing comments about her body after stories surfaced about her gender.
In one clip from her famous interview with Anderson Cooper in 2011, we see Gaga reply to his question about rumours that she has a “male appendage” and that she’s “a hermaphrodite”. Jeez.
She responded: “Maybe I do. Would it be so terrible?” before adding that she didn’t feel the need to clarify anything about her body. “Why the hell am I going to waste my time and give a press release about whether or not I have a penis? My fans don’t care and neither do I.”
In another compilation of clips shared online, she’s directly asked whether she “has a penis or not” – to which she responds with a prompt: “You know, my beautiful vagina is very offended by that question.”
A viral TikTok clip also shows Gaga’s interview with David Letterman in 2011, in which she tells him she doesn’t like his planned questions for the segment. He goes ahead with his list, asking: “Last year, you bought $11,000 worth of lingerie in one store?”
Looking uncomfortable, she replies: “I, um… that’s very inappropriate of you to ask me.”
Many fans have responded to the once-forgotten clips with admiration for Gaga, and her braveness for speaking up when so many would have let it go.
Don’t be a drag, just be a Queen, etc etc.