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In the grand tradition of celebrities coming up with wildly inappropriate metaphors for fame, this one really stands out, and that is saying something. In Lady Gaga‘s newly leaked song “Aura” (a title which was reportedly changed from “Burqa”), she compares being cloaked in a persona of her own creation to wearing the religious garment known as a burqa, because those two things are basically the same.

If you’re curious, the song can be heard over at Idolator, but I don’t recommend it because it is totally fucking awful. The lyrics are written in Gaga’s trademark vaguely-artsy-but-actually-meaningless style:

I killed my poor friend and left her in the trunk on Highway 10
Put the knife under the hood, if you find it send it straight to Hollywood
Hahahahahaha
Aura-ah-ah

I’m not a wandering slave I am a woman of choice
My veil is protection for the gorgeousness of my face
You want to fancy me because there’s always one man to love
But in the bedroom the size of him’s more than enough

Do you wanna see me naked lover
Do you wanna peek underneath the cover
Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura, behind the aura
Do you wanna touch the cosmic lover
Do you wanna peak underneath the cover
Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura, behind the aura, behind the aura, behind the aura

Enigma popstar is fun she wear burqa for fashion
It’s not a statement as much as just a move of passion
I may not walk on your street or shoot a gun on your soil
I hear you screaming is it because of pleasure or toil

Dance. Sex. Art. Pop.

Do you wanna see me naked lover
Do you wanna peek underneath the cover
Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura, behind the aura
Do you wanna touch the cosmic lover
Do you wanna peak underneath the cover
Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura, behind the aura, behind the curtain, behind the burqa.

While one certainly has poetic license to compare covering your body for religious reasons to covering up your true self because you’d rather be a cartoon character in a costume, this seems like both a shitty metaphor and a deliberate (yet ultimately contentless) provocation. As you know, Muslims are currently the subject of both deplorable racism/religion-ism and knee-jerk P.C. cultural relativism alike, so what better way to get everyone’s attention than to invoke the burqa in the name of ARTPOP?

She doesn’t actually say anything about it, of course, because it’s not an artist’s job to explain herself to people, dum dum. It is your job to listen and put the pieces together, which in this case is easy enough to do, as I’ve only listened to the piece of garbage once and have already inferred everything I need to know about it.

(Via Idolator)

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