'Addams Family' actress spoofs Lady Gaga's 'Alejandro' music video
Certainly one of the most provocative music videos in recent memory, Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" features Nazi leather imagery, writhing half-naked bodies and various forms of Catholic Church desecration. Think '80's-era Madonna crossed with Liliana Cavani's 1974 film, "The Night Porter," and you'll have a pretty good idea of Lady Gaga's latest attempt at shocking the bourgeoisie.
Such over-the-top imagery is naturally ripe for parody. One spoof that is making the rounds on YouTube comes from an unlikely source -- actress Jackie Hoffman, who is starring in Broadway's "The Addams Family" in the role of crusty old Grandma.
In the spoof, Hoffman appears to play Lady Gaga in character as Grandma from the Broadway show. Throughout the video, she dances with the aid of a walker and poses provocatively in her old-lady underwear. At one point in the video, she sports a pair of pasties in the form of tubes of Fixodent.
The video is directed by Jake Wilson of "The Battery's Down," an online comedy series that features guest appearances by various Broadway actors. Wilson has trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and The Groundlings in Los Angeles.
"Alejandro" is from Lady Gaga's 2009 album "The Fame Monster." You can view a full version of the original video here and the spoof version here. Neither video is appropriate for younger viewers, so consider yourselves warned.
-- David Ng
Photo: a scene from the spoof of "Alejandro." Credit: The Battery's Down
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