Tea with Stephen Fry and Lady Gaga

In what seems a bit like a modernist reenactment of the Mad Hatter's tea party, the venerable Stephen Fry sat down with Lady Gaga for tea and an interview for FT Magazine. It's a weird pairing, no doubt, but how can anyone sitting next to a woman in a horned headdress not seem weird? Fry acknowledges this fact straightforwardly.
“Ho, ho,” I thought to myself. “Someone has had the idea that it would be amusing for the ‘quintessentially English’ Mr Fry to be seen ‘taking afternoon tea’ with a broad from the Bowery. Oh well, one plays these games and the scones did look rather delicious. I readied my iPhone for recording, sat on the sofa and consulted the notebook in which I had jotted down my questions.

Read the rest of the piece, which is just fascinating, on FT.com.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/0cca76f0-873a-11e0-b983-00144feabdc0.htmll#axzz1NfBdHemA | Image: Shamil Tanna

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I've always managed to reserve some judgement for Lady Gaga because I suspected behind the veil of outrageous forms there was a point to be had. It occurred to me on several occassions that she is drawing attention to the arbitrariness of human identity. But then, these realizations are not simple and involve a fractal kind of insight. What may seem reasonable accordingly at one level is quite heinous at another. While it might seem relatively enlightened to make a mockery of common ignorance, it more than not backfires and sullies more realistic attempts to deliver the same message. As a consequence of Gaga's style the general public believes she to be the freak of human identity and not the other way around as she may have intended. Furthermore anyone delivering a similar message will be lumped in with her in the same manner she is lumped in with Madonna. So, ultimately I see it as a fairly unsophisticated and naive approach to the issue of human identity. But an individual with just enough insight to see that the most of us are ignorant might react in such a way in attempt to prove a point, but such method is itself not very enlightened.
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