The teary clip for Lady Gaga’s upcoming HBO special ultimately left us little monsters feeling empowered yesterday. As much as we love Gaga’s personality and swagger, it was comforting to see her come back down to Earth and explain that she too saw herself as a freak in high school—but apparently she was the only one. Several Gawker commenters shared their recollections (or at least their friend’s, friend’s, sister’s memory) of Lady Gaga a.k.a. Stefani Germanotta as a Sacred Heart student on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “One of my ex-girlfriends went there several years before Gaga. However, her little cousin went there and was one grade above Gaga. She says that, while Gaga wasn’t part of the ‘in-crowd’ she was certainly not an outcast or, at least to her knowledge, ever treated as such,” said commenter bruuno. “A few of my friends went to Sacred Heart (around Stefani’s year), have a great amount of appreciation for the time they spent there, and cannot recall the bullying she brings up in interviews,” added Interplanetary.Sass. Wait, you mean those tears and that perfectly smeared makeup was just for show?! Gaga has a flair for the dramatic? I don’t know what to believe anymore.
Regardless of whether or not this is a distorted interpretation of her own adolescent experience, isn’t there something to be said for her overwhelming support to all those who feel like outsiders? Or does the fact that she may have sat at the popular table in the Sacred Heart cafeteria negate the empowering message behind “Born This Way,” and cheapen the emotion from the HBO clip? Are these commenters simply a bunch of haters who are jealous Gaga snagged the role of Miss Adelaide in Sacred Heart’s production of Guys and Dolls (those high school wounds take years to heal)? You be the judge.
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