In February, Lady Gaga topped off her year in shocking pop events by appearing on the cover of British music magazine Q topless and wearing a big black strap-on dildo. The singer stuck the irreverent pose in part as a defiant response to the rampant Internet rumors speculating that Gaga is “really a man” or is intersex. “We all know that one of the biggest talking points of the year was that I have a dick, so why not give them what they want?” declared Gaga. “I want to wear a dick strapped to my vagina.” Lady Gaga elaborated on the cover’s impact as an art piece, stating, “I want to comment on [my dick] in a beautiful, artistic way. How I wanna show it. And I want to call this piece Lady Gaga Dies Hard.”
Call it a masterpiece or a nightmare, indelible divas Lady Gaga and Beyonce teamed up for a sassy nine-minute game of “Telephone”— a sprawling music video in which the two go on a poisoning spree and then drive off into the sunset a la Thelma and Louise. The bizarre smoking cigarette sunglasses and Diet Coke can hair rollers Gaga wears were such a spectacle that YouTube locked the “dirty” version of the vid while the “clean” version made its rounds to almost every individual on the planet. Even post-modern theorists got in on the action as Jack Halberstam and Tavia Nyong’o, among others, wrote about the meaning(s) and place of the “Telephone” video in modern queer culture.