January 1st 2011 (1.1.11) at The Hilton, I asked a friend over martini and repetitive ra-ra-roma-ma- ma-oh-la-la, ‘what’s that song and who sang it?’
Out of curiosity I would have watched Lady Gaga’s concert Friday night At Rajamangala Stadium if the bleachers had not run out. Thai Ticket Major Central Bangna branch offered me what’s left, and I get to choose which among the 7,000 baht-seats I would pay for to stand. That’s right: to stand. I went, “what? 7000 baht to stand while some pop artist screams in my face?”
I resisted calling a student whose company organizes concerts and has connections with tickets to every major concert in the kingdom. She did it successfully for me at the Eagles concert in 2011. Somehow with this Lady Gaga thing I decided it’s not worth making calls. And now I’m glad I’m finding affirmation for my reasons why I decided so.
Take a look at her tweet
“I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex.”
It is said that she is ‘stirring nationalist fervor in Thailand, where people tend to get upset when the country’s seedy underworld is highlighted by outsiders.’
Just like black people who may call each other nigga, that’s not a problem. But if you’re not nigga and you call someone black a nigga, that’s a different story.
News surrounding her Born This Way Ball are on her ‘provocative lyrics and costumes’ which have angered Christian groups in South Korea and the Philippines and Islamists in Indonesia.’
I personally do not have issues with the state of her lyrics and costumes, and any impact they could have done on me. Bangkok University has made sure her graduate students know how to analyze and evaluate social events. It’s good to watch from the sidelines and pick a favorite ‘monster’ reaction from a fan –
Welcome to the land of counterfeit products, love. I’m sure there are plenty of fake Gaga CDs, too.
The heck there are. But I’ll pass those up even if they are free. My money is getting spent, like it has been, on time-tested quality entertainment – ballet and opera.