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    GaGa: An ableist?

    Lady GaGa has been slammed due to her stage act at Sidney's Town Hall. The Mother Monster posed as a mermaid when taking the stage Down Under on Wednesday, July 13. Sporting a short cyan wig, she wore a black leather tail, buttoned-up top and long veil.

    The criticized performance was hot on heels of controversy surrounding the originality of Katy Perry's "mermaid planking", but it was not GaGa's costume which drew attention. It's her act of sitting on a wheelchair which infuriated some disability groups.

    One of those finding her act offensive is Roman Reed Foundation which is promoting spinal cord injury research. "Dear @ladygaga how about using your celebrity status 2 try 2 get us out of wheelchairs. Instead of cruising one. Cool?!" the organization tweeted.

    Jesse Billauer, the founder of disability group Life Rolls On Foundation, is also not impressed with GaGa. "Since this isn't the first time she has used a wheelchair in her performances, I invite her to learn more about the 5.6 million Americans who live with paralysis," Jesse said.

    "I extend a personal invitation to Lady GaGa to attend one of our Life Rolls On events where quadriplegics and paraplegics surf, skate, and snowboard, so she can see how much is possible beyond a wheelchair," the activist added. "Maybe that will be most shocking to her of all..."


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    Wtf?

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    Oh for heaven's sake. These people need to lighten up. Bette Middler did the whole mermaid/wheelchair thing long before GaGa adopted it. I saw Bette perform this in person and laughed myself silly.

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    I'm generally for the use of wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment in artistic performances. What better way for the general public to become acclimated to them? And I love the use of the mermaid costume, it's a great artistic way to represent someone out of place in their environment.

    I did hear of a Marilyn Manson performance where he used crutches at one point, presumably to confirm his status as Other, I suppose. I'm not sure if Lady Gaga was using a wheelchair with the same intent, but I heard a hue and cry about it from able-bodied people accusing her of trying to sexualize wheelchairs. Now that offended me, that some ABs would be so resistant to the idea of a wheelchair as a thing of beauty that you could dance in. Isn't that kind of acceptance what we want?

    Having said that, I do believe she should get some real wheelchair dancers up there to show her how it's done.

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    Maybe get that guy from glee, he dances pretty good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    Oh for heaven's sake. These people need to lighten up. Bette Middler did the whole mermaid/wheelchair thing long before GaGa adopted it. I saw Bette perform this in person and laughed myself silly.
    Me too. (not live) Because really, a mermaid would need a wc.

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    I am not the best wordsmith but why not ride this wave to get some attentioned to SCI funding. Negative attention is not always a bad thing. I think let people rant as smaller groups have very limited ways of getting the word out to the masses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaT View Post
    Me too. (not live) Because really, a mermaid would need a wc.
    Yes, she would. And you can see an early example of a mermaid in a wheelchair in the 1948 film, 'Miranda'
    (clips here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAhs428QRhY ;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI8VVVYNoao )
    starring Glynis Johns (she played the mother in Disney's Mary Poppins)
    as a mermaid who rescues a man from drowning and asks him
    to show her around London. She uses an old fashioned pushchair and has all kinds of humorous adventures in London. It's an interesting film to watch because
    of the matter-of-fact way in which she deals with her disability on land.
    It was such a popular film that a few years later there was a sequel titled 'Mad About Men'.
    Last edited by Crashbang; 07-15-2011 at 02:08 PM.

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    I will have to see if Netflix has it. I like offbeat things like that.

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    Can't gaga come up with her own ideas? What a fraud.
    Last edited by NorthQuad; 07-15-2011 at 07:07 PM. Reason: spelling >:(

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