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Lady Gaga Pushes ‘Born This Way’; Sarah Palin Backs Gay Group

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Sarah Palin and Lady Gaga on the same page?

When it comes to expanding rights for gays and lesbians, the two powerful media mavens — one on the left, one on the right — appear to share some similar views.

On Friday, Lady Gaga is blanketing the media to promote her new album, “Born This Way,” which won’t even be released until May 23. The title, which is also the first single released Friday, says it all, and the song is already being called a 21st century gay anthem by the likes of Sir Elton John.

Earlier this week, Sarah Palin restated that she supported GOProud, a self-identifying gay group, and that they should be included in this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

Palin, who is not appearing at CPAC, said on Fox News, “I don’t have a problem with different, diverse groups that are involved in political discourse, and having a convention to talk about what the answers are to their problems that face America.”

Her position is a rarity among most conservatives, but Lady Gaga would be proud. Maybe she’ll discuss it with Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. Or perhaps Palin will get a shout-out at the Grammy’s when Lady Gaga performs later that night.

While February was deemed a no Sarah Palin zone (it hasn’t exactly worked), Lady Gaga is about to seize the rest of the month.

No one – not even Palin – knows how to work media, social and otherwise, like Lady Gaga. She has more Twitter followers (more than 8 million) and Facebook fans (28 million) than any politician, including President Barack Obama (18 million) or Palin (2.7 million). She’s a powerhouse who’s already sold millions of records and broken social media and YouTube records. She can make any Twitter hashtag trend in less than an hour and uses Facebook to communicate with fans.

Last year, she took on Washington, challenging numerous politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, during the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” battle. Millions of her fans, called Little Monsters, bombarded Capitol Hill with calls asking their senators to repeal DADT.

The repeal movement succeeded, despite conservatives’ resistance, and Gaga can certainly share the credit.

Like her right-wing Alaskan sister, she generates controversy.

Lady Gaga appears on the March cover of “Vogue” in a pink 1920s flapper wig. Lady Gaga leaked the magazine cover on Facebook, which reportedly infuriated Vogue editors.

Then there’s the dance-pop “Born This Way” song itself.

The lyrics focus on civil rights for an array of people — “black, white, beige” and gay and straight, Gaga says. But she throws in a couple of words that have puzzled and angered people — “chola descent” and the passé word, “orient,” to describe Asians.

“Chola,” in urban slang, describes a negative stereotype of hardcore Latina gangbangers, and some in the Latino media have slammed Lady Gaga for using it.

So is Lady Gaga a racist or simply ignorant of the meaning of ‘chola’?” asked the website My Latino Voice.

On Thursday, more controversy bubbled when Lady Gaga announced that she had partnered with Target to offer an exclusive deluxe edition of her new album, “Born This Way.”

Last year, Target gave a $150,000 corporate donation to Republican candidate Tom Emmer — an opponent of same-sex marriage — in the Minnesota governor’s race. While Target’s chief executive apologized, amid protests and boycotts, the corporation declined to make a donation to pro-gay-rights groups. Maybe promoting Lady Gaga is the company’s way of calling it even?

Once the single was released Friday, music critics immediately started comparing it to Madonna’s 1989 hit, “Express Yourself.” Many outlets, including US magazine and Popeater, ran articles noting the songs’ similarities. Twitter was buzzing about the two songs. Lady Gaga has not responded to the comparison.

Palin, too, is facing a brewing controversy as liberal gay rights advocacy groups refuse to acknowledge her support of conservative gays.

Any hullabaloo is only good for Lady Gaga and Palin.

For now, Lady Gaga is blasting ahead full throttle with her enterprises — she recently became Polaroid’s creative director, co-designing a product line that includes an instant mobile printer, an instant digital camera and the “GL20 Camera Glasses” — still wearing the crown of reigning diva of the gay community.

Palin, ever smartly, could become a trailblazer by including gays and lesbians in the GOP dialogue just in time for 2012.


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March 10, 2011 at 3:44 am

Sarah Palin Steampunks Her Way Into Comic Book Universe

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The cult of Sarah Palin knows no bounds.

Antarctic Press, based in San Antonio, Texas, has published the “Steampunk Palin” comic, which features a vampy Palin holding a brass ray gun contraption with goggles perched on her bumpit and a canister on her back.

Steampunk, according to Wikipedia, is “an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century and often Victorian-era Britain — that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy.” The genre’s popularity has surged in recent years with role-playing games, art, fashion and books. It’s often related to the genre of cyberpunk.

This sexed-up version of Palin is as buxom as the old-school Wonder Woman. In one scene she even sports a tongue ring. But it’s her mission that counts, right? Like all superheroes, Palin finds herself faced with a massive world problem – an energy catastrophe in the immediate aftermath of a war that has destroyed all the Earth’s oil.

Mad Max Sarah to the rescue.

The 15-page comic is a creation by artist Ben Dunn, the initial founder of Antarctic Press, Brian Denham, who drew the cover and some interior pin-ups, and Jim Felker, a Canadian who wrote the story.

“We’ve been doing politial satire comics over the last few years or so and they have been very popular,” Denham, a former Marine, says. “With the popularity of steampunk and Sarah Palin, it seemed like a perfect fit.”

The promo copy for it says: “Massive oil spills, nuclear meltdowns and more leave us desperate for viable energy sources to rebuild global society and technology. Inspired by a little tea party, Sarah Palin hits upon the answer: steam power!”

Hence, her entry into the steampunk universe, which is in black and white to reflect the Victorian era. Palin, ever resourceful, creates the “Steam Initiative” to promote geothermal energy. She fights the bad guys of big oil and nuclear power. Not to be a spoiler – in case you want to add this to your Palin collection — but the story also includes Palin in a coma, waking up six months later to find that 60 percent of her body has been replaced with steam technology.

In one frame, Palin says, “I can already feel the power this armor has coursing through me.”

Sen. John McCain, with a robot arm, and President Barack Obama, now part-robot and re-named “Robama,” also make an appearance. But Sarah saves the day, telling Obama, “Obama, don’t even think of getting in my way.”

As more energy enemies close in, never fear – Palin dons steam-powered armor and grabs a modern gun. Whew!

Antarctic Press also publishes a comic featuring one of Palin’s favorite dead politicians. (No, not Ronald Reagan.) Rather, Abraham Lincoln. The comic series Time Lincoln also goes steampunk with required brass goggles and time travels. In one adventure, Lincoln is threatened by Void Stalin, the greatest villain of all time instead of John Wilkes Booth. In another, he saves Obama from a squadron of Time Fighters. The newest Lincoln comic lands him in 1952 China.

The press also published a strange comic called “Obamouse,” a likeness of Obama with a tail and big ears who takes on “Owl Kaida” and crew of skeptics named Hen Beck, John McCrane, Sarah Penguin and Ratt Limbaugh. It also published a series of books called “President Evil” in which Obama fights a zombie army.

But Palin, too, seems to be a growing favorite at the company, which Denham says consists of both Republicans and Democrats.

There’s another Palin full-color comic called “Rogue Warrior,” with Palin wearing a stars-and-stripes bikini and a cross around her neck while holding a semi-automatic weapon. It is described as “a pulse-pounding plethora of pin-ups & stories, all featuring the hottest item ever to come out of Alaska, Sarah Palin” and showcases the “swimsuit sagas of the mighty maverick herself.”

The big question: Is Palin’s next stop at Comic(Neo)Con?

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March 10, 2011 at 3:19 am

Florida’s Alan Grayson Says Sarah Palin Instigated Arizona Shootings

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Former Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is accusing Sarah Palin of fueling violence preceding the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson Jan. 8.

“There has been a stream of violence and threats of violence by the right wing against Democrats,” he wrote in an e-mail letter to his supporters titled “Gabby was Right, Palin is Wrong.” “Gabby warned against it, and then became a terrible victim of it. Palin has instigated it, and then tried to pretend that it doesn’t exist.”

In Wednesday’s message, which also appeard on his Facebook page, Grayson writes: “When I opened my web browser yesterday, at, there was Sarah Palin, smiling at me. ‘Oh, God,’ I said to myself, ‘what has she done now?’ The headline was ‘Palin Defends ‘Blood Libel.’That’s interesting, I thought. What else might Palin be defending? Cannibalism, maybe?”

The outspoken Grayson once called Republicans “Nazis” and former Vice President Dick Cheney a vampire. Grayson lost reelection last November to Republican Daniel Webster in a heated race in which Grayson called his opponent a “religious fanatic,” and some pundits said Grayson’s “Taliban Dan” ad, which misconstrued Webster’s words about wives submitting to their husbands, cost him the race. But he also has been touted as a liberal primary challenger to President Barack Obama in 2012.

In his message, Grayson also makes reference to Palin’s appearance on Monday night’s Sean Hannity show on Fox News, calling her remarks “whining” and “disjointed.”

Since the shooting, Palin has gone on the defensive twice. She released a video in which she mourned the shootings and used the controversial phrase “blood libel,” which is sometimes associated with anti-Semitism, in criticizing those who blamed the rhetoric of the political right for the Tucson rampage. On “Hannity” she said she used the term to describe false claims made against outspoken conservatives like herself.

In Grayson’s e-mail letter, he said that on the day before Giffords was shot he received a postcard that said “you better get some personal protection. You could very well be getting your ass kicked soon.” The message also includes a link to donate to his campaign. When clicked, a disclaimer notes that “unless Alan Grayson declares his candidacy for other office, all contributions will be deemed to be for the 2010 congressional campaign or earlier.” The fundraising plea was not noted on his Facebook page.

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March 10, 2011 at 3:18 am

Move Over, Barack Obama: Sasha and Malia Should Write Their Own Book

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It’s an official presidential Catch-22.

Parents who are politicians face an eternal struggle — forging a proper path between possibly exploiting their children for votes versus completely shielding them from scrutiny.

Barack and Michelle Obama have always stressed that they want their daughters, Malia and Sasha, to have a normal childhood. Well, as normal as two girls can have living in the most famous house in Washington, enjoying vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, and meeting celebs like teen heartthrob Justin Bieber.

The two first daughters are seldom in the spotlight. Their school events are closed to the press. Reporters who travel with the president are placed in holding pens far away from the first daughters. The reporters seldom even catch a glimpse of the kids to know whether they are wearing J. Crew, funky kicks or trendy Silly Bandz, those rubber bracelets that kids in Malia and Sasha’s age group adore.

With so much ado about privacy, why did Barack Obama decide to put two girls on the cover of his forthcoming children’s book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters?” The book, aimed at children age 3 and up, is tribute to 13 Americans, including artist Georgia O’Keeffe, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, and George Washington.

According to Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet, Malia and Sasha will be represented on the cover in an impressionistic image by children’s illustrator Loren Long, who produced the art in the 40-page book.

The cover is viewed as hypocritical to some.

Washington Examiner’s Bryon York wrote in a post titled “Obama’s kids are so off-limits they’re on the cover of his new book,” that Obama has both observed and ignored the daughters’ off-limit rule. York recounts that in August 2009, a nutrition advocacy group placed posters in Washington featuring a young girl – not either Obama daughter. The caption read: “President Obama’s daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don’t I?” The White House soon called asking that the posters be taken down.

Obama’s opponents, from the Tea Party to Glenn Beck, will likely have a field day with the new book, believing Obama has given them permission to discuss Sasha and Malia. They will rationalize: If Obama can do it, why can’t we?

Obama often mentions his children in speeches. The latest time was on Tuesday in a back-to-school speech in Philadelphia. Obama told middle school students at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, “Over the past few weeks, Michelle and I have been getting Sasha and Malia ready for school. And they’re excited about it. I’ll bet they had the same feelings that you do — you’re a little sad to see the summer go, but you’re also excited about the possibilities of a new year.”

When Bill Clinton was president, Scholastic published a book “Dear Chelsea: Letters from kids and what it’s like to live in the White House.” The 1994 paperback cover featured a picture of Chelsea wearing braces with her trademark flowing curly hair along with a picture of Socks the Cat. The editor, Judy Goldberg, asked children to write to Chelsea; excerpts from the 12,000 letters became a book that also featured facts about the White House and presidential history.

Perhaps the Obama girls should be trailblazers and write their own book. After all, they are the first black children to live in the White House. Sure, they didn’t ask to live there, but they have a beautiful story to tell. Imagine how enlightening such a book could be for so many children. Like their father, they, too, could donate their royalties to charity. (Obama has said he will donate proceeds to a scholarship fund for military children with a parent who was killed or disabled.)

Parents know what’s best for their children. The Obamas strive for normalcy in the most abnormal of worlds. It pays in this age of blogs and 24/7 media for the couple to keep tight control on the coverage of Malia and Sasha. One awkward move by the daughters and Obama’s critics would manufacture a hateful controversy that would unfairly spin for days.

But it would be worth the gamble for the Obamas to loosen up just a tad on the press blackout cloaking Malia and Sasha. Malia and Sasha could be fantastic role models for other kids, showing them how to garden or feed the homeless. And they might just neutralize some of the harsh criticism facing Obama during midterm elections.

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March 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Hey, Glenn Beck: You Should Listen to Rev. Jeremiah Wright

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Obama doesn’t believe in God?

Of course he does. Here’s a simple reason why. After sitting on a pew Sunday after Sunday listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as Obama once did, no one could doubt the God of the Bible exists and no one could pretend to be a believer to boost an image or political future.

The talk about Obama and God stems from remarks by Glenn Beck, who raised doubts about the president’s religious beliefs after the talk show host’s D.C. rally last Saturday. As Politics Daily editor Melinda Henneberger wrote, Beck’s rally wasn’t about politics, so Beck said, but rather about God. And Obama’s God is suspect in the view of Beck and others who listen to him. I think — after hearing Wright preach last Sunday in Little Rock — that the reverend would jump right in and forcefully disagree.

Sure, Wright is political, but black ministers often are. They have to be given the history of blacks in this country. Slavery, Jim Crow laws, the civil rights movement – all are wrapped up in complex politics that are bound by Negro spirituals and a strong faith in God. To put the Bible in context, black ministers sprinkle politics and calls for social justice throughout their sermons. That just might anger some people.

But Wright is also a masterful storyteller who makes you believe. Granted, I was a believer before I walked in the door and plopped down on a back pew, so it wasn’t too hard to convince me. But his stories — aside from his criticism of former President George W. Bush and the Iraq war — were haunting about the power of God.

He talked about his great Aunt Hattie, the kind of old soul who could see things before they happened. God spoke through her because she was that in tune with a higher power.

Wright said that one night his young daughter was crying, saying she saw a man in the window. Sure, Wright thought, she wants to sleep in her parents’ bed. The child could not be pacified. What did the man look like? Wright asked. She said his grandfather. Sure enough, the phone rang soon after. It was Aunt Hattie, saying she thought the baby was upset and that Wright’s great grandfather had passed away.

Great storytelling? Or the truth? Everyone in the church said their “Amens” and shivered just a bit, including the big burly man beside me.

Wright’s stories percolate in you and make you think. Did God speak to Aunt Hattie? Could God speak to me that way? Are angels among us?

In Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech that he delivered after Wright’s controversial remarks about an array of topics, from the Sept. 11 attacks to America’s treatment of blacks, Obama said, “Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely — just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.”

Obama, in the same 2008 speech, said that Wright was divisive and the country needed unity. Isn’t Glenn Beck just as divisive? The answer is a resounding yes. Not so unlike Jeremiah Wright. Wright just used his own pulpit to preach and Beck uses federal property and the airwaves.

Is Beck’s God any better than Aunt Hattie’s God? Must we really argue over such a thing? Maybe Glenn Beck should pay a visit and hear Wright when he guest preaches next time. He might just think twice before he opens his mouth. Aunt Hattie might be watching.

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March 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Defending Obama’s Christianity, Attacking Bush on Iraq

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When the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. preaches, the sermon is still fiery and peppered with politics.

Wright, who once served as President Barack Obama’s minister at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, spoke Sunday in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the New Millennium Church, a small Baptist church that has spent the month studying faith and community. Wendell Griffen, a former state Court of Appeals judge, is its pastor.

Wright used the biblical story of Elisha and the Aramean attack (2 Kings 6:8-17) as a jumping off point to discuss God, slavery and George W. Bush and what Wright called his “illegal” war.

He mentioned Obama once.

Wright compared Griffen’s political opponents to those who think Obama is Muslim. Griffen, who was elected in May to serve on a circuit court in Pulaski County, has faced controversy with a state judicial panel over the rights of judges to speak out on political issues. He has also criticized Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas for not appointing more blacks to fill vacancies on the state Supreme Court.

Obama has said repeatedly that he is a Christian. Wright said that if people go after the “military mindset,” enemies will follow.

“He will surround you with sycophants who will criticize you and ostracize you and put you beyond the pale of hope and say ‘You ain’t really a Baptist’ and say: ‘The president ain’t really a Christian, he’s a Muslim. There ain’t no American Christian with a name like Barack Hussein.'” Wright said.

During the 2008 president elections, Obama distanced himself from Wright and left Wright’s church in Chicago after Wright was criticized for things he had said in sermons.

On the Sunday following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Wright said they were proof that “America’s chickens were coming home to roost” because of the country’s endeavors in terrorism throughout the world.

In another speech, Wright said, “Not God Bless America. God damn America,” decrying America’s treatment of black people.

In response to the Wright controversy, Obama responded in Philadelphia with a speech on race relations called “A More Perfect Union.”

On Sunday, controversy erupted only hours after Wright’s sermon when The Associated Press initially confused the word “sycophants” with “psychopaths.”

Griffen sent out a press release that said: “That report was false, as have been all other news reports that have repeated it. Rev. Wright actually described enemies of truth as ‘sycophants,’ a word used to describe a false accuser or slanderer. ‘Sycopant’ also refers to someone who is a flatterer of princes and great men.”

Griffen added that the mistake “wrongly casts Rev. Wright, his sermon and our congregation in a bad light.”

In Sunday’s sermon, Wright focused more on former President George W. Bush than Obama. He used the story about the prophet Elisha thwarting an attack by the Aramean army as a connector to the Iraq War.

Wright would talk about the King of Israel but say “the president” instead, generating laughs at his supposed slip of the tongue. He asked the congregation why the king went after Elisha.

“Why did he go after Saddam, I mean Elisha,” Wright said.

After he told the biblical story to the congregation, Wright said: “I’m not making this up. Iraq didn’t have no army. Elisha didn’t have no army.”

He said the biblical war of ancient times was a “classic example of homeland stupidity, I mean homeland security.”

Wright offered three lessons for the congregation. He said, “What you can’t see, you are not alone.” Then he instructed everyone to say it to their neighbor on the pew. Wright’s two other lessons: God is working on your behalf. You have nothing to be afraid of.

He said black leaders who have died, like Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, were riding in chariots of fire watching out for the congregation.

“What I learned about preaching in 53 years is to look at people’s eyes,” he said Sunday. “Sometimes the shades will slam shut. … Shades came down when we talked about Iraq.”

Wright now travels the world lecturing and preaching.

In early July, Wright led a tour to Egypt. Later in the month, he traveled to Africa, according to his blog, and visited Ghana, Togo and Benin as part of an annual study tour that exposes “African-Americans to the cultures, the histories and the stories of African people on the continent of Africa and African people who live in diaspora.” He is scheduled to lead another tour in December to South Africa.

His bio on his website does not mention Obama, but he still addresses political issues. In a blog post on July 13, he wrote about receiving an honorary doctorate by the Starr King School of Ministry in Berkeley, California, last year. He received it along with author and journalist Chris Hedges.

“I found him to be a man you can trust and I find all of his writings to be works that challenge you, make you think and cause you to ‘hear the voice of God’ in a new and exciting way,” Wright wrote about Hedges in July.

Wright followed with a post by Hedges titled “Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick” from

In Little Rock, Wright closed with a prayer: “When He needs me, I will follow. He will lead you in some places you don’t feel comfortable. … You are not alone.”

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March 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, Lady Gaga Pushes Social Activism Buttons

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“Did I miss the Lady Gaga boat?”

That’s what a 40-something friend recently asked me. He had never seen a Lady Gaga video, didn’t know what all the fuss was about, and felt, well, old.

Lady Gaga became a phenomenon when Generation X wasn’t looking. Suddenly, it’s Gaga 24/7. Everywhere.

Parents may think their kids have returned to infancy with all the babbling about this music goddess. Some worship her on social media sites they’ve created (the International Church of Lady Gaga, for one). Some want to live with her. They want her to be president. They stutter and stammer before spewing, “I have to see Lady Gaga in concert. Now. Can we drive to [insert farthest place from where you live]?”

You need a brief “Paws Up” primer just to keep up. (More on “paws up” in a few.)

Lady GagaAs of Monday, Lady Gaga, who has used social media and the Internet to parlay her fame to astronomical altitudes, became the most followed person on Twitter, surpassing Britney Spears’ previous record.

At 24, this new Queen of Twitter has 5.7 million followers. That’s more than President Obama’s political organization (5 million) or former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (230,000). On Facebook, Lady Gaga has 16.5 million fans, which also tops Obama, Palin or any other political figure. Politicians could only dream of such adoration.

Lady Gaga calls herself Mama Monster. Her fans, in turn, are Little Monsters. She instructs them to get their “paws up” — a battle cry to support her and her causes. Yes, Lady Gaga is political. She could very well be the left’s answer to Palin. The Gaga, as she is sometimes known as, is educating an entire demographic on gay and lesbian issues, the global AIDS epidemic, immigration, and even the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, which picketed some of her concerts this summer.

At the Monster Ball — the name of her fantastical costume-heavy world tour — she often lectures the little monsters on the wrongs of the world. At Arizona’s Monster Ball, she spoke out against the state’s immigration laws.

The pop goddess regularly appears on major magazine covers (including Vanity Fair’s September issue) and garners fashion awards for surreal Dada-inspired endeavors, such as elevating bubbles to new couture levels. She’s nominated for 13 — a record number — MTV video music awards. (Take that, Madonna.)

She influences her fans to be individuals through dance songs. A teenager I know attended her St. Louis concert in July. He said it was life-changing. Since all sorts of things, minor and major, seem to earn this designation from teenagers, I asked how.

“I came out of the closet to my mom,” he said.

Whoa! Okay, that’s on a level well above changing hair color or piercing a body part.

(Note: Lady Gaga, despite internet rumors, is not a drag queen. She simply has many who worship her, and her hyper-creative get-ups are clearly inspired by them. Thanks to drag queens’ love for her, her music and fashion will forever be immortal in drag shows and gay clubs around the world. Just ask Cher.)

If you grew up in the music video age, it would be easy to compare Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta, to Madonna, who had already recorded “Like a Virgin” by the time Gaga was born. Don’t bother. You will only end up getting mad when teens start explaining the differences. Madonna never bit a bloody heart and then bathed in “blood” from a fountain. Madonna wasn’t influenced by glam rockers KISS. Madonna wasn’t a musician. (Sure, she strummed the guitar but Lady Gaga writes her songs and is an accomplished pianist.) If you must throw back to the 1980s, think more Cyndi Lauper, whom Lady Gaga has aligned with to promote HIV and AIDS awareness among women.

Lady Gaga took her name from the Queen song “Radio Ga Ga,” but she’s become a video empress. Her most popular video, “Bad Romance,” has captured nearly 267 million views on YouTube. She has sold 13 million records and 51 million singles. Her fans span the globe, going to great lengths to re-create her costumes, wigs and googly-eye look.

She even has just one degree of separation between herself and the White house. Gaga’s video “Telephone” also features Beyonce Knowles, who sung the Etta James’ classic “At Last” during Michelle and Barack’s Obama’s first dance as first lady and president.

Parents, don’t be afraid of Lady Gaga. Sure, her videos are both sexual and religious in nature and often depict murder and prison, but so does reality TV. She shoots sparks from her bra and she plays a flaming piano. Her latest video, “Alejandro,” features the singer in a latex nun costume. (Remember: Madonna, too, took on the Catholic Church, and it lashed back.)

Lady Gaga pushes buttons beautifully — just like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and even Keith Olbermann.

For all the sex in her videos, she advocates celibacy (though she confesses to having sex). “I remember the cool girls when I was growing up,” she said in one interview. “Everyone started to have sex. But it’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.”

It definitely is, Lady Gaga. This 21st-century role model treads in Madonna’s former controversial waters, but seldom, if ever, did Madge speak about celibacy and being choosy. The final lesson of the parental Gaga primer might just be one of the oldest lessons of all, one that your kids are learning — even though you can’t get past the visuals: Don’t judge this Mama Monster by her cover.

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March 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm