Lady Gaga and philosopher Slavoj Zizek have an intellectual/dance thing going on... or do they?
Lady Gaga and philospher Slavoj Žižek are walking down an avenue, and there's a giant puddle. He takes off his jacket and spreads it over the water for her.
Lady Gaga and Slavoj Žižek are at an Italian restaurant, sharing a big bowl of pasta. They each start chewing on a strand of spaghetti, only to discover that it's the same one, and they meet in the middle and totally kiss!
Lady Gaga and Slavjo Žižek are watching the sunset together when Gaga says, "You know what I think of cinema?" "That it's the ultimate perverse art?" Žižek offers. She tenderly nods at him. "You always know just what I'm thinking."
OK, so we don't know whether any of this is actually happening, but our friends at Jacket Copy report, based on the New York Post, that the fiesty philosopher and theorist who often rakes through pop culture for his latest ideas has struck up a friendship with the singing and dancing doyenne of outfits that call to mind both a nun's habit and a condom.
Here's what the New York Post says about their budding comradeship:
Sources say Gaga and Slovenian-born Zizek -- who like Salman Rushdie seems to be intellectual catnip to beautiful women and who was once married to Argentine model Analia Hounie -- spent time together discussing feminism and collective human creativity. The pop star also agreed to support Zizek at a March rally in London when the lecturers' union UCU was on strike.
In a recent blog post titled "Communism Knows No Monster," Zizek called Gaga "my good friend" and said, "There is a certain performance of theory in her costumes, videos and even (some of) her music." He says her infamous meat dress is a reference to "the consistent linking in the oppressive imaginary of the patriarchy of the female body and meat, of animality and the feminine."
But then the article concludes on a strange note:
"I am terribly sorry to disappoint you, but this is all a fake! The only thing I share with her is the support for the strike," Zizek told us, referring to the incident in London.
According to Left Eye on Books, which bills itself as a website for progressive book news and reviews, the blog post that the New York Post references is likely a fake anyway, concocted by anarchist theorists looking to discredit Žižek, whom they consider a "rigid Marxist." Wow, OK. If this is true, that means Lady Gaga is being used as a sock monkey between warring factions of uber-leftist thinkers. Great, we love it! Keep going, Internet! By the way, can we get credit for starting a rumor that Rihanna and Bernard-Henry Lévy are hanging out together?
-- Margaret Wappler
Photo: Gaga performing in Toronto at the MuchMusic Video Awards. Credit: Mike Cassese / Reuters