The backlash continues over Lady Gaga flipping the finger at Citi Field at the first of a two game doubleheader on Thursday, June 10, 2010. While the Mets played the San Diego Padres, Gaga gestured with a single, then double finger-flip. No one knows for sure who the intended recipients of her rude gesture may have been, but it was reported that Gaga was being harassed by both the paparazzi as well as fans.
When Lady Gaga first arrived at the game during the fifth inning she was furious that her front row seats were too close to the photographers covering the game, who immediately directed their focus from the game and started snapping away at her every move. She then moved to lower deck concourse seats, then resurfaced in Jerry Seinfeld’s luxury box.
New York Mets officials have apologized to Jerry for allowing his box to be fouled by the likes of Gaga. At least Jerry Seinfeld saw comedy in the episode. “The Seinfelds take an optimistic view of Lady Gaga’s (hand) gesture as a sign that she wants the Mets to be in first place as badly as they do,” said a Seinfeld representative.
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Lady Gaga has said in numerous interviews that she is a lifelong Yankees fan and has fond memories of her father taking her to Yankee games as a kid. Yes, it may have been a different stadium but still, it’s baseball and she‘s a fan. She was in the area and decided to stop in. Nothing wrong with that. What may be questionable is the outfit she decided to wear. A black leather bikini with studs. Definitely not something the average baseball fan would choose for a game, but hey…this is Lady Gaga we’re talking about.
So, she chose to wear an outlandish outfit to a game. She’s from New York and doesn’t fake a British accent like other stars who shall remain nameless. She’s paid her dues by performing in small bars and clubs. An authentic musician, she learned to play piano at the age of four, gained her fame by acting outrageous, dressing outrageous, and now that she shows her “New Yorkness,” everyone’s outraged. Giving the finger at a game? How shocking.
What’s more shocking than the behavior of this truly talented woman at this baseball game, are the comments posted by readers. She’s been called ugly and bitchy. Comments were made regarding her sexual orientation, sexual organ, the size of her breasts, her skin pallor and hair color. Some commenters have also said that she’s a non-talent. This about a woman who can play an instrument, sing without voice enhancers, writes her own songs and has a say in everything from her promotional image to her outfits.
Giving the finger to paparazzi from a woman who wrote a song about paparazzi is not so shocking. Perhaps showing up scantily dressed to a baseball game wasn’t the wisest decision, but it’s a heck of a lot better than watching some drunk shirtless, big-bellied slobs painted in team colors shouting curses at the opposing pitcher. Some critics have said that a bikini shouldn’t be allowed into a ballpark. Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks features a swimming pool and is frequently filled with bikini clad women.
Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga’s real name) is from New York City and acts “New York.” Thank goodness for a famous entertainer who in her private life, is the same in her onstage life. Refreshingly, what you see is what you get instead of a fake façade.
Lady Gaga’s reply to the mess on Twitter: I guess I’m just a Bronx cheer kind of girl.
See photos of the finger-flipping fiasco here