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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.