July 8th, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Fourth of July with a lady named Gaga

Devna Shukla
AC360° Staff

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The fireworks have faded and the intense heat of July has settled in. Yet days after the Fourth of July, I’m still thinking about what independence really means.

This year for Independence Day, I decided to pass up barbeques and time at the pool to go to the Lady Gaga concert in Atlantic City. Through the glitz, glamour, and fire-spewing pianos, I was excited to see what Lady Gaga was all about. No matter what your personal feelings are related to her music, fashion, or politics, one thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is a woman of freedom.

Free from judgment, inhibitions, and fear itself, Gaga’s message this Fourth of July was clear: own the freedom you have to be who you are.

While for Gaga this may mean wearing a bra to a Yankees game or speaking out against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the entire arena was energized with this contemporary pledge of independence. Each and every person in the arena was celebrating themselves and the freedom that comes with being an American.

During Lady Gaga's two-hour performance, she served as an example of an American woman who fearlessly loves her freedom – and continues to push the boundaries of it each and every day.

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  1. Alyssa

    Land of the FREE, home of the BRAVE.

    July 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  2. just_jotter

    Being unique in this day in age is much more accepted than it once was. I agree with you. Lady Gaga has a very powerful and positive message to do just that. When I was a child, my mother always used to tell me "Be yourself, you can't be anybody else". Good advice, no matter who you are. Interesting juxtaposition Devna. Well done.

    July 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  3. Stacy

    Great blog, Devna. You made an interesting connection between what both Lady Gaga and the Fourth stand for. Fun fact: the first time I ever laid eyes on Ms. Gaga (or heard her name for that matter) was a year and a half ago during CNN's NYE special. I then heard her name further thanks to a certain 360 producer (you might know him; has a chain-smoking dog, popular on the Twitter?). Who knew that 360 was so cutting edge when it comes to pop culture?!

    Admittedly, I was initially skeptical of Lady Gaga's talent. I assumed she was all show with nothing to stand behind it. But listening to her further, she seems to have the chops, and a positive message to boot. So yes, there may be a few Gaga songs downloaded to my iTunes.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  4. greg

    now ac u see why we luv her she loves her fans

    July 9, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  5. Jonathan

    Lady GaGa is a complete no-talent Madonna wanabee. Lady CaCa can't sing and her piano playing is a gimmick.

    July 9, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  6. Ava

    Whether or not she is doing it for show, Lady Gaga is expressing a positive image of being fearless and owning who you are. Great blog entry!! 🙂

    July 9, 2010 at 12:29 am |
  7. Tammy Christine

    And my favorite thing about her is the name she chose.. Stephie, Lady Gaga... Nice.. love you chicka!

    July 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  8. Tammy Christine

    " If it isn't rough it isn't fun, oh ohoh oh " Love it! Very talented young lady.. Can feel the energy your explaining..

    July 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  9. Yoli

    She is an original and I find her liberating. You are right AC, she does embody freedom.

    July 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  10. rose

    So, did you identify with her in a way?

    July 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  11. Lodi

    There's a diff between free and perverted my dear, Gaga is far from free. I do like her music, but her videos are full of porn, that's just nasty.

    July 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  12. Sandy

    "Wannabe Madonna", even Madonna was Gross, She's Grosser

    July 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  13. Alex Valiao

    Interesting point of view about Lady Gaga. I do like her voice and her music. She has a great talent and a gift. I did see her without the fireworks and the accessories while singing a mellow lullaby at NYU. What made Lady Gaga change her style and her way of music? Was it actually freedom or was it because the chances of her becoming a huge success depends on changing her profile to something she wasn't? Well, I suppose it is freedom to pursue popularity and the freedom to discard the real you. The "REAL" freedom of an American woman in the 21st century: If Muslim women can't dress/think the way they can because of tradition. It is almost parallel that American women can't be themselves because of consumerism/ the pursuit of fame/money.

    July 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm |