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Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Slavoj Žižek, Lady Gaga Bond Over Union Strike

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Apparently intellectuals are like catnip to beautiful women.

By **Julianne Escobedo Shepherd**

By arrangement with Alternet.Org.

Not sure how we missed this one, but we’re glad we know now: in March, while the UCU lecturer’s union was on strike in London, the world’s most interesting living Marxist Slavoj Žižek and America’s biggest Warholian pop star Lady Gaga became friends. According to the New York Post, they met in Spring during her U.S. tour, and “spent time together discussing feminism and collective human creativity.” Gaga appeared at the union rally in support of Žižek, and in March, he wrote a blog post about it:

     But what of my good friend Lady Gaga’s theoretical contributions? Certainly, there is a

     certain performance of theory in her costumes, videos and even (some of) her music. Nina

     Power has already noted that theinfamous “meat” costume could be seen in reference,

     indeed, a performance of, Carol J. Adams’s The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-

     Vegetarian Critical Theory, a book that notes the consistent linking in the oppressive

     imaginary of the patriarchy of the female body and meat, of animality and the feminine.

     Equally, her moral support for the cause of gay rights in The States has been well

     documented—in an underrated piece Dan Hancox traced the spidery pathways between her

     work, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning and the end of the “don’t ask don’t tell.” Gaga’s work as a

     cultural phenomena has generated its own theory.

Um, bananas. And while admittedly Gaga is not my personal favorite—most of her music is garbage, her Lower East Side starving artist myth is exaggerated, etc.—the idea of these two sitting around chatting feminism, performance art, and corporeal provocation is awesome. Read the rest of his post here, and contemplate.

Editor’s Note: Apparently it doesn’t end there with mind-boggling Marxist-Pop Star Friendships. Vanity Fair spotted singer Ke$ha and Fredric Jameson out together at a Hamptons party thrown by actress and singer Ashley Tisdale. Yes, you read that sentence correctly.

Copyright 2011 Julianne Escobedo Shepherd


By arrangement with Alternet.Org.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is an associate editor at AlterNet and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. Formerly the executive editor of The FADER, her work has appeared in VIBE, SPIN, New York Times and various other magazines and websites.

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