Gaga Wants to Stuff Us on Thanksgiving With Her "Genius," Chicken, Waffles, and Songs

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Gaga Wants to Stuff Us on Thanksgiving With Her "Genius," Chicken, Waffles, and Songs

Yesterday the news hit that Lady Gaga will have her own 90-minute Thanksgiving special on ABC (24 November at 930pm est).

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving promises to bring us “an intimate look inside the private life of the pop sensation, who will perform eight songs – including ‘Marry the Night,’ ‘Yoü and I,’ ‘The Edge of Glory,’ ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Lady and the Tramp’ with Tony Bennett—in front of her own friends and family.”

Apparently, Gaga will be interviewed by Katie Couric (fingers crossed that she asks Gaga which newspapers she reads!) at Gaga’s alma mater, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Manhattan.

Then Gagaloo will head into the kitchen to make deep-friend chicken and waffles—oh, because she’s one of us!

(See, even Gaga can fetch her own hot dog at a food truck in NYC = She's one of us!)

 

While it’s not productive to wonder about the impetus behind this “special,” I’m not sure how I feel about it—I mean, nothing can compare to the Friends Thanksgiving episode or A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

 

(Snoopy serves up some grub at the Thanksgiving meal.)

(Yes. Let's.... It's what leftovers are for!)

 

A part of me is slightly concerned that it’ll be as awkward as “The Star Wars Holiday Special” (1978)—you know, where all of George Lucas’s creations celebrate “Life Day”:

 

(Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia sings “Happy Life Day.” Yeah: Awkward.)

 

Another part of me is wishin’-and-hopin’-and-prayin’ that Gaga’s Thanksgiving special will be SUPER GAY—surely, there are a plethora of sodomitical jokes to be made about cooking/basting/eating turkeys?

 

 (“Pies. Gay. Cake. Gay. Turkey is so Gay.”)

 

Thanksgiving seems so…traditional…and white/Anglophile…and, frankly, boring. I mean, she’s being interviewed at her freakin’ private, Catholic high school.... How queer could this be?

Will Gaga, through this special, effectively “queer” Thanksgiving? All indications point to a resounding “no”—that said, one thing I’ve come to learn about Gaga is to never underestimate her ability to queer (via mimickry, in this instance) even the most heteronormative seeming things. 



Comments [7]

Tiff's picture

I'm going to assume you meant

I'm going to assume you meant 'Lady Is A Tramp,' not 'Lady and the Tramp.' Wink

Marcie Bianco's picture

i'm not sure -- it's a

i'm not sure -- it's a citation, so, imma blame the source material on this one.

Conlite's picture

Yeah, the duet is "The Lady

Yeah, the duet is "The Lady is a Tramp" (with Gaga as the tramp).  It's cute, here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPAmDULCVrU

Jenny Aisenberg's picture

f%@k yeah!

I have much more faith that gaga can queer anything, and certainly thanksgiving. and seriously-- you don't see any opportunities for subversion in a manhattan catholic school? really? I think this will be boss. and I intend to make my whole family watch! Smile

"We're all born naked. The rest is drag."
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

Tiff's picture

Perhaps since Gaga and Glee

Perhaps since Gaga and Glee are so tight, she should have Dianna and Lea come on as sexy Pilgrims and Indians for a little revisionist reenactment....

Marcie Bianco's picture

ah, you're right. although,

ah, you're right. although, having spent a month subbing in a manhattan jewish school, those opportunities for subversion seem few and far between (granted, these are two separate faiths!)

i'll be watching, too -- how could i not!

Jenny Aisenberg's picture

mos def ;)

yeah, I'd say that Jewish day school and catholic school are two wildly different animals. and ironically, even though I'm Jewish and work for a Jewish ed nonprofit, I feel like I've had a lot more direct experience of the social world of Catholic schools, cuz my high school GF went to one. Like a steam cooker, you just gotta find the one spot where the cracks are, and that's where everything breaks through. kids in that subculture are completely and totally badass, they just hide it REALLY well Wink

"We're all born naked. The rest is drag."
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)