Well, there goes my burgeoning love for Gaga. And here I thought we could be friends.

It’s not exactly recent news, but earlier this summer Lady Gaga told New York Magazine that she thinks people in Los Angeles are “awful and terribly shallow.” This, of course, comes right after she tells the writer that she doesn’t know many people from the West Coast.

Ah, the hating on LA hypocrisy! So easy to do, so hard to back up. Because most people who hate LA have hardly spent any time here whatsoever. Unfortuantely, even if they did, they’d probably become the worst kind of Angeleno, even as they bash their fellow Angelenos — the kind that lives here and still bitches about it. I’ve met a sorry number of folks who call LA home and yet still bitch about the lack of good bagels (untrue…demonstrates an unwillingness to look) lack of good pizza (see above parenthetical remark) and lack of intelligent people (this mostly comes from people who thoroughly enjoy feeling smarter than everyone and have probably avoided finding smart people in Los Angeles, lest they be proven wrong). To which I generally reply (in my head), if it sucks so much, why are you still here?

Well, it’s probably because it actually doesn’t suck. LA — aside from never snowing — is full of great music, great restaurants, beautiful beaches and friendly, creative people. Sure, we have people who suck and who have shallow aspirations to become famous — but um, as a city, we hardly have a monopoly on douchebags who aspire to be gods and fail miserably.

Anyway, I can’t take credit for getting pissed off about this first — if you want to read someone brilliantly skewer LA haters, check out Steve Lopez’ column in Sunday’s LA Times. But of all the haters, Lady Gaga should be particularly ashamed of herself, since she just played a sold out concert at the Staples Center. All full of shallow, terrible people, I assume?