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Lady Gaga ER's first biographical topic is on Lady Gaga. Despite only being famous internationally a few years, there is already a biopic in the works on American television focusing on Lady Gaga and her quick rise to fame. Even in Russia she is very popular, and her music can be heard in many cafes along Nevsky Prospect. The singer known as Lady Gaga was born on March 28th, 1986 as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She began singing in small clubs and pubs around 2003, but she only became really famous around 2008. At the beginning of her signing career, she used an interesting tactic in order to get her listeners' attention. When she took the stage, people in the audience were not paying attention. They continued to have their conversations, eat, drink, and make noise. Lady Gaga did not like this, so in order to get their attention, she decided to take off her clothes. She would perform in a bra and underwear. This was quite a change for her, because she grew up attending a Catholic school. In fact, it was so out of character for her, that once her father found out that she was performing practically naked, he began to wonder if she had become mentally ill. However, Lady Gaga continues to push the envelope with her 'art' and challenge what is considered acceptable. While most singers cause controversy with their lyrics, Lady Gaga causes a stir with her extreme outfits and through the themes and images that she displays in her music videos. Lady Gaga is perhaps most known as “that singer that wears all those bizarre outfits”, at least by the older generation of Americans who do not listen to pop music. Some of her more outlandish costumes include a dress made of Kermit the Frog dolls, a bubble suit, an all-red jumpsuit covering her whole body except for her mouth, and an astronaut-like suit with a headpiece reminiscent of the rings around the planet Saturn. Have you seen Lady Gaga's outfits? What do you think about them? Most recently, Lady Gaga's release her music video for ALEJANDRO sparked a fierce debate about what should be allowed to be shown on television in the United States. In the video, nuns engage in sexual behavior, and Lady Gaga, dressed in a nun outfit, eats a rosary. Many, especially Catholics, were highly offended by such imagery. What do you think about this situation? Even though there is separation between church and state in the United States, many feel that this video goes too far. Do you agree/disagree? Why? Biopic = [NOUN] Biographical motion picture; biographical film. [The Ksenia Sobchak biopic is being shown tonight on Channel One.]

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To be out of character (for somebody to do something) = To be uncharacteristic or unusual (for someone to do something) [John is normally a very polite young man, so it was extremely out of character for him to call that nice old woman a 'witch'.] To push the envelope = To test the boundaries = To take a new and/or radical approach to something in order to try to change what has been an accepted limit. [Although the car is only supposed to be driven up to 90 km/hr, John decided to push the envelope and speed down the highway going 100 km/hr!] Outlandish = [ADJECTIVE] Freakishly or outrageously strange or odd (often in appearance, dress, ideas, or practices). [The woman's outlandish behavior led many to believe that she was taking drugs.] Reminiscent = [ADJECTIVE] Awakening memories of something similar; suggestive of something similar. [The recent school closings were reminiscent of the statewide closings 5 years ago.]

'TELEPHONE' CONTROVERSY Watch Lady Gaga's music video for her song “Telephone” on YouTube. This video was controversial in the United States due to the themes and images displayed. What do you think about this video? Is it offensive to you? Why or why not? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVBsypHzF3U

LADY GAGA QUOTES “I remember watching the mascara tears flood the ivories and I thought, "It's OK to be sad. " I've been trained to love my darkness .” “Love is like a brick. You can build a house, or you can sink a dead body.” “They can't scare me, if I scare them first.”

CONVERSATION Vadim: Oooh, I can't wait to go to the Lady Gaga concert tonight in Winter Palace Square! Viktor: Uggh, you're going to that? I can't believe they're letting her play there. Katya: I agree. She is a disgrace. Vadim: Oh come on guys, what happened to freedom of expression? Alla: There is a limit to everything, Vadim. She is offensive just so that she can get press.

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Viktor: Yeah, only quality bands like Banderos should get to play in such a sacred place. Alla: I don't like Banderos. Katya: Neither do I. You have bad taste in music, Viktor. Alla: I have to admit, though, Lady Gaga has some catchy music.....I just don't like her over-thetop style. Vadim: But it's art! Viktor: No, if you want to see art, go to the Hermitage. Gaga is just a monstrosity. Katya: Yeah, she should be ashamed of her shameless behavior. Vadim: Oh come on, Katya – don't hate the player, hate the game!

To get press = To get attention/coverage in the media, especially on television. [Uggh, all I hear about on the news now is Anna Chapman. I wish someone else.....ANYONE else.....would get some press!]

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