Defining Little Monster'sIt is no secret that Lady Gaga has an especially intense relationship with her fans, whom she refers to as her “little monsters.” She has said more than once, “I see myself in them.” Why is that? “I was this really bad, rebellious misfit of a person—I still am—sneaking out, going to clubs, drugs, alcohol, older men, younger men. You imagine it, I did it. I was just a bad kid. And I look at them, and every show there’s a little more eyeliner, a little more freedom, and a little more ‘I don’t give a **** about the bullies at my school.’ For some reason, the fans didn’t become more Top 40. They become even more of this cult following. It’s very strange and exciting.”
I take Lady GaGa very seriously, she means everything to me; I am a Little Monster. It's more than being a super fan, it's about more than just Lady GaGa. To me, being a Little Monster means expressing yourself in spite of society, and in spite of your fears; that you may better yourself and the world.
Little Monsters are more than just GaGa super fans: we're a community, a support system, a family, and most importantly, we're people. We love GaGa because GaGa loves us. She is our strength, and our mother; we are her children, her inspiration, and her music.
Unlike the chilly, hyper choreographed seduction of Madonna, say, or the manufactured pop of Britney or Janet, Lady Gaga’s performances are raw and emotional. “I am quite literally chest open, exposed, open-heart surgery every night on that stage, bleeding for my fans and my music. It’s so funny when people say, ‘It’s amazing to see how hard you work.’ We’re supposed to work hard! I have the world at my fingertips. I am not going to saunter around the stage doing pelvic thrusts and lip-synching. That’s not at all why I am in this. I don’t feel spiritually connected to anyone in Hollywood makeup and a gown with diamond earrings on. I am just a different breed. I want to be your cool older sister who you feel really connected with, who you feel understands you and refuses to judge anything about you because she’s been there.”
Her relationship with her fans occasionally seems to verge on unhealthy, as if both sides were overly invested in something that in the end is impossible. I bring up a YouTube video that got a lot of attention in late November 2010, in which Gaga is crying in an arena in Poland as she talks to the audience. “Sometimes, being onstage is like having sex with my fans,” she explains. “They’re the only people on the planet who in an instant can make me just lose it.”
When she talks about her fans, one hears shades of messianic zeal. “I want for people in the universe, my fans and otherwise, to essentially use me as an escape,” she says. “I am the jester to the kingdom. I am the route out. I am the excuse to explore your identity. To be exactly who you are and to feel unafraid. To not judge yourself, to not hate yourself. Because, as funny as it is that I am on the cover of Vogue—and no one is laughing harder than I am—I was the girl in school who was most likely to walk down the hallway and get called a **** or a ***** or ugly or big nose or nerd or dyke."
So the real truth about Lady Gaga fans, we little monsters, lies in this sentiment: We are the Kings. We are the Queens. We write the history of the kingdom and she is something of a devoted Jester. It is in the theory of perception that we have established our bond, or the lie I should say, for which we kill. We are nothing without our image. Without our projection, without the spiritual hologram of who we perceive ourselves to be, or rather, to become, in the future. She wants the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of us that we are afraid to share with anyone because she loves us that much. She causes people to walk around delusional about how great they can be - and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth. She wants women -- and men -- to feel empowered by a deeper and more psychotic part of themselves. The part they're always trying desperately to hide. She's made it something that we cherish.
She used to feel like a freak, and so she liberates us. She frees us of our fears and makes us feel that we can create our own space in the world. When we are lonely, she will be lonely too. “For all my love little monsters, I am your mom, you are my child. In my hand I protect you like my eyes, but don’t worry I'll catch you if you fall.” - Lady GaGa
Yeah - it's about a lot more than some catchy pop music. Lady GaGa isn't an artist - she's a lifestyle...