Gaga Makes Me Gaga

When Lady Gaga first emerged onto the national music scene, it was difficult to get a glimpse of her. In all of her performances, she wore costumes that hid her actual face from view. The outfits were part of the act, and she did it well. After a number of years, she began to emerge from behind the masks. Today, she appears before the public and her fans in full view. However, in some ways, she is still hiding behind a mask.

SAG-AFTRA honors Lady Gaga and Harrison Ford, Inside, Los Angeles, USA - 08 Nov 2018

What is she hiding behind? Her drug use, I believe.

In a recent 25-minute speech before the Screen Actor’s Guild, she said Hollywood needed to provide better mental health care for entertainers. And then, she went on to describe her own battle with mental health.

Excuse me, Ms. Gaga, but there are a lot of things wrong with what you just said. I say that, even though I know her many fans were listening to her and saying how wise she really is.

Here’s a business that makes a tremendous amount of money. Hollywood is filled with 1 percenters. I think they could probably fund their own mental health care. If Gaga succeeds and gets Hollywood to fund mental health care for actors, it will only drive the cost of movies and television up even more. It is reported that her own net worth is around $300 million.

LG went on:

“I began to notice that I would stare off into space and black four seconds or minutes.” Gaga recalled. “I would see flashes of things I was tormented by, experiences that were filed away in my brain with ‘I’ll deal with you later’ for many years because my brain was protecting me, as science teaches us. These were also symptoms of disassociation and PTSD…”

I’m sorry for her. It’s sad that she is going through this, but I wonder if there could be other reasons for this. Maybe drugs? . In previous years, when she was looking for that cutting edge in her music, she often turned to cocaine, LSD, and other drugs for creativity. No one pushed her into it. She did this freely. On her own. She admits to using bags of cocaine at a time.

Hmmm. Is it just possible taking bags of cocaine at a time could have had a negative effect on her brain, causing flashes and blank stares?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t know that Gaga is any worse or any better than anyone else. I’m sure she has good and bad aspects to her like all of us. But celebrities are easy to discuss, easy to identify their bad traits, because so much of their lives spill out into the open.

Like many of us, Gaga is a bit hypocritical about her drug use. She admits it, but she feels justified in what she did:

It was about being an artist. I wasn’t a lazy addict.

Ah! Excessive drug use is okay if you’re trying to be an artist. And if you’re not lazy. Lazy addicts are the worst. Not like those noble ones who are active while taking drugs.

Lady Gaga, in her speech, went on about the physical problems she experienced as well, which included

“physical chronic pain, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, acute trauma responses, and debilitating mental spirals…”

Again, I’m sorry that she experiences that, and it’s possible that much of that is due to her drug use. She doesn’t seem to indicate any possible connection between the two.

At one point in the speech, she almost owned up to it:

“I wish there had been a system in place to protect and guide me, a system in place to empower me to say no to things I felt I had to do, a system in place to empower me to stay away from toxic work environments or working with people who were of seriously questionable character.”

You know, many pop culture celebrities spend much of their career celebrating personal freedom, exploring any and every aspect of hedonism simply because it’s there. Gaga is no exception. Yet she is saying she wishes there had been something in place to stop her from doing those things that put her in those places.

Hah! Right! If anyone tried to do that in Hollywood today, they would be branded as Puritans and kicked out of town. There is very little stomach for trying to challenge entertainers to live chaste and morally exemplary lives. Yet that is what she is asking for.

But there was always something in place to stop her from harming herself. It’s been there since we began on this planet.

It’s called a conscience. It’s something we all are born with (except perhaps psychopaths). It generally tells us what we should or shouldn’t do. The problem is that many, if not most, of us learn to ignore our conscience. We hear it screaming at us not to do something, yet we go ahead and do it anyway. It’s the human condition. Those who are wise learn to heed that conscience. Those who are not end up denying their own predicaments in front of the Screen Actors’ Guild.

On the bright side, it seems like it’s a good thing that Gaga regrets her bad personal decisions that have contributed to her dark place. Many times, we have to experience things ourselves so we will truly know how bad they really were. If only we could get the entire entertainment industry to reflect on their own personal behavior.