Jack White clarifies “Lady Gaga is all artifice” comments
Former White Stripes front man and occasional philosophy lecturer Jack White has cleared up his purported Lady Gaga beef, offering a back-tracking, non-apology on his website after dubbing her craft “all artifice” in an interview last week.
Speaking candidly with the British edition of Esquire, the seminal musician shared his thoughts on Twitter’s most formidable force, aligning himself with the Gaga-sham school of thought, “I don't think she lives it, because it's all artifice. It's all image with no meaning behind it. You can't sink your teeth into it. It's a sound bite. It's very of this age, because that's what people want.”
As MTV explicates, Jack White “not really feeling” Gaga is hardly surprising “given that he often dresses like an old-country mortician and has spent much of the past year behaving like an eccentric millionaire on par with Howard Hughes”, but even so, White has been less than impressed with the attention paid to his slew (even though, personally, we don’t think his claims were unsubstantiated):
“I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as 'cool' or 'weird' quickly and dispose of it. I don't like my comments about Lady Gaga's presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you're going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote.”
White, on his website, was also advent that the media’s “tabloidesque drama baiting” was reason that his quotes had been re-contextualised, and that such behaviour by the press creates a very real fear in artists that stops them from responding honestly in interviews, “I ... think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don't stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises.”
White also continued to flatter the Paparazzi singer on her community work - “Peace to Lady Gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it's given to help create change” - before signing off.Take away lesson: deflection is key.