Lady Gaga Defends Herself Against ‘New York Times’ Writer After Scathing Review of ‘Joanne’
After shouting out The Chainsmokers in a tweet following their less-than-glowing assessment of "Perfect Illusion" ("sucks,” says Alex Pall) and reacting to The Black Keys' Patrick Carney's review ("it sounds like Hulk Hogan is playing the f--king guitar"), Gaga is once again responding to someone with a negative opinion of her new music: The New York Times' Jon Caramanica, whose review of Joanne is, well, brutal.
"[Joanne is] confused, full of songs that feel like concepts in search of a home, small theater pieces extruded from other imaginary productions and collected in one miscellany bin. It’s naïve in its use of roots music and rock as signifiers of something true — as if the excess of years past wasn’t, somehow, its own form of sincerity," Caramanica wrote.
"On Joanne, she goes on a fishing expedition for inspiration. No pop album in recent memory has featured such a wide array of collaborations that strip those collaborators of their particular charms."
Oof. Lady Gaga (Joanne) evidently saw the review last night, and reacted — in the form of tweeting.
"@joncaramanica how far must ANYONE need to 🎣4 inspiration & write a song re: the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin as I did w/ 'Angel Down'," she wrote last night, adding: "@joncaramanica I'll be performing that song tonight in honor of
#BlackLivesMatter as I'm honored by YOUR publication. Tune in Jon.👂🏿#JOANNE."
Her fans, of course, followed suit. And as of today (Oct. 20), she was still reacting: "don't pay attention he has been brutal for YEARS, meaningless. Don't let it bring you down this is OUR time to celebrate!🎉🎉," Gaga assured one Little Monster.
Ironically, the New York Times review also pointed out her recent tweet to The Chainsmokers in its final sentence: "Instead of taking offense and tossing off a tweet, she should maybe give them a call."