The video (it’s really a short film, if you ask me) for Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night” premiered last month on the “E!” Channel. In my opinion, the television premiere for a film like this is appropriate, because of the amount of effort Gaga has put into the video. These videos deserve more than a simple YouTube upload. It is a 13-minute opus that provokes a strong sense of perseverance in the face of struggle. The film is about the day Gaga got dropped from her first record label, Island Def Jam. The video starts with a scene of Gaga getting whelled into a psychiatric hospital on a gurney. She is narrating during the first two minutes explaining the film’s union of reality and fantasy. The interesting aspect of this, is that it works to Gaga’s advantage. Here she is, telling a story that is so personal and dark. According to her, it really happened. But did it happen the way we see it in the video? Did Gaga really go to the hospital? Maybe, maybe not. The point is, it doesn’t matter. The privacy of celebrities is something that isn’t in existence anymore. So, Gaga is defying the current laws of celebrity by creating her own private life while being very public about it at the same time. She is telling her story through her work. And, because she says it’s told through a surrealistic lens, the actual details of that story is protected by the artist herself. She’s a smart girl.

She also provides her fans with a special gift. Because Gaga insists on the reality of her life to be told through the surrealistic, fantasy, imaginative landscape, her army of Little Monsters can mirror this video onto their own lives. As with any art piece, an artist’s work can be identified with by many different people for many different reasons. However, when Gaga explains her philosophy behind the video’s way of telling the story, it’s like she’s giving her fans pemission to interpret the video however they wish. As Gaga always says, everything she does is for her fans.

So, if you haven’t already seen the video, you can watch it above. The criticism the video is getting about being too long seems hypocritical to me, since Michael Jackson did films that were much longer and they didn’t seem to had a problem with that.

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