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Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress

Written by PETA | September 13, 2010

Last night, Lady Gaga tried once again to shock the world, this time by wearing a “meat dress” during her acceptance of the Video of the Year award at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Lately, Lady Gaga has been having a hard time keeping her act “over the top.” Wearing a dress made out of cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people who are upset by butchery than who are impressed by it—and that means a lot of young people will not be buying her records if she keeps this stuff up. On the other hand, maybe it was fake and she’ll talk about that later. If not, what’s next: the family cat made into a hat? Meat is the decomposing flesh of a tormented animal who didn’t want to die, and after a few hours under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh it is and likely be crawling in maggots—not too attractive, really. The stunt is bringing lots of people to PETA.org to download a copy of our vegetarian/vegan starter kit, so I guess we should be glad.

A wonderful side note to mention, Ellen DeGeneres (who is vegan herself), presented Gaga with a veggie bikini and suggested she try that next time she wants to make a statement. Thanks, Ellen!

Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk

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  • Audrey says:

    Or maybe she could’ve just worn a tshirt that says “I am not a piece of meat.” to get her point across. This is an alltime low. I don’t think anyone is very impressed. Stupid silly little girl. Grow up.

  • Erik says:

    Nobody gets it? You should be celabrating this woman! It’s the ultimate comment on wearing fur! Fur wearing dead animals. The point of this to get people talking about this! Meat murder.

  • Shay says:

    I wasn’t offended so much as bolstered in my hatred for her. Lady Gag Gag as I like to call her needs to go away or get locked the hell up.

  • Jenni says:

    I kinda love how PETA who’s known for shock advertising is bashing Gaga who using the same form of advertising.

  • timbre says:

    When I saw it I thought it was a brilliant statement about wearing fur essentially a dead animal draped over your shoulders as well as a possible jab at Western culture for frequently viewing a woman as a “piece of meat.”

  • ANDREA NORFLEET says:

    YES I AM OFFENDED.. IT IS VERY TASTELESS AND GROUSE.. JUST LIKE WEARING FUR….AND LEATHER

  • Lexie says:

    this is NOT a real meat dress. the dress is made out of cotton with a meat print. it’d be impossible to wear real meat under all those lights because it would spoil and be covered in maggots and look rotten by the end of the night. the smell would also fill up the entire auditorium. it’s FAKE. please don’t hate on Lady Gaga. it’s not real meat.

  • Megan says:

    This woman is disgusting! You dont have to wear the rotting flesh of another mammal to get attention! Come on Ga Ga I know you’re more clever than that… I did buy your last album… Probably not the next one though…

  • thesnakegod(dess) says:

    Of course it’s disgusting. That’s why she wore it. Now don’t you think that everyone should just calm down and realize that this dress makes even people who eat meat uncomfortable because it forces them to think about how what’s in their body is the same disgusting thing that’s on her body? And I don’t really see how this is all that different than wearing an allleather outfit…

  • Erin says:

    Let me start by saying I am in fact a vegetarain and Gaga fan. If you look at the pics you realize this HAS to be fake. She touches the dress then puts her hand in her mouth. Really? If it isn’t fake then there’s reallt no need for outrage from us. She’ll get what karma has in store for her from wearing raw roomtemp meat and then sticking her hands in her mouth. What kind of example are we setting as the vegetarainvegan community by dissing and constantly ripping on people who don’t support our views? We should promote and applaud those that do. Make those stories more important. They let us live in peace and don’t try to tell us we’re wrong. I don’t condone what she did nor do I cnodone the slaughter of animals I’m just saying this makes our community look horribly intolerant and uninviting.

  • Pevalwen says:

    Apparently its fake PVC or something I even doubt she’d risk wearing decomposing flesh at such a public award ceremony. Even so and if so I do find it disgusting why make a fuss about this when there’s millions wearing leather? What’s the difference apart from where on the body it came from?

  • Shaft says:

    I am not really a fan of hers but if anything appearing in that dress is a very blatant form of activism. Wearing that dress is pointing out that wearing fur is like wearing animal flesh. She is bringing awareness to the public by advertising it in a way that will cause outrage and wont be forgotten anytime soon.

  • Dani says:

    Not everyone is a vegan!!! God gave us permission to eat meat!! I am listening to him not some trendy group called PETA! Get over it!!

  • Maria says:

    I think it’s highly disrespectful to vegans and vegetarians no matter if the meat is real or not. She has no longer my respect. And I think she’s getting ridiculously desperate to maintain her fame.

  • walt says:

    That poor animal died for what??? It gave up its life just have its meat wasted. There are staving people in the world. Lets hope it was fake. Fake meat fake fur that all good!

  • erin says:

    I eat meat I suppose I’m on the “step down” program…but I am far from completely giving it up. Even still I find this disturbing. I’m not saying eating meat is ok but I don’t purchase it as an adornment. I suppose even us meateaters have lines we dont cross.

  • bostongirl80 says:

    I was hoping that it was not only fake but that it was also a ploy to bring attention to all the furwearing hypocrites who would call her out for wearing such a hideous atrocity…but alas…

  • Ana Paula M says:

    She’s a effin weirdo! she disrespect me and all the vegans by doing this! soo…what she said? please kill 2 or 3 cow and make me a dress with that? she is nuts! she lost her head! and like 10000000 fans! I don’t like her anymore but thanks to her i want to be more vagan is that is posible! B she should take back!

  • Becca says:

    I thought that this was the same meat that she was wearing for that repulsive Japanese Vogue shoot. I hate Vogue in general as they seem to have no morals whatsoever just so long as it “looks good” although it really doesn’t idiots. I love lots of Japanese music fashions etc. and so that was a first disappointment. But now here she is again! If you didn’t want to offend any vegetariansvegans love…why wear this repulsive “dress” not once but TWICE??!! It’s not that it’s meat to me…it’s the fact that it’s bad enough animals die just so people can eat their dead flesh so what will happen to this meat now? Is she going to eat it? No. So that animal died a horrible and most likely agonizing death just so she could have her quick publicity stunt. I like your music and I don’t mind your attentionseeking ways so long as you leave the animals out of it. This is highly disrespectful.

  • Ralph says:

    Judging by the comments Lady Gaga’s outfit was a success. Apparently she understands like PETA that shock tactics bring news and media to them. You want her to stop? don’t talk about the gear instead of preaching to her how wrong it is and I agree it’s wasteful use of the animal. All you do is give her a go for the next outfit like this.

  • KerriDarling says:

    I’m wondering what made her think that this would be a good idea. I already don’t care for her or her music and this just makes me dislike her even more! Celebrities are often mistaken for role models I’m sorry but I wouldn’t want any youngsters looking up to her after this. What happened to celebrities being responsible and considerate instead of attention addicts? If any youngsters DO look to her for inspiration I hope what they take from this DISASTER is how to avoid looking like a monster.

  • Liam R. Findlay says:

    Millions of people wear and eat flesh and GaGa has for years so why are we all getting shirty now that she’s worn a different body part? I absolutely disagree with her choice but I think it’s ignorant of people to decide that they should join in with complaining when she’s been wearing leather and eating meat for ages.

  • Luis says:

    I think that vegans and vegetarians are overreacting like seriously. Im not trying to offend anyone by this comment but I just think people like some comments above say it reminds me of the torments or pain in a slaughterhouse????? you have never been in one and died because of it. And the fact that ecause she wore this dress many say she will lose record sales for crying out loud she is a famous and will and always have loyal fans and if you decide not to buy her records because of a dress well then thats uo to you! But this is seriously just a silly overreacction from people who desperately need attention. And again im not trying to offend anyone.

  • Lahneen Gallo says:

    EEEEWWWW. This is pretty damn disgusting. Her whole shtick is to constantly push the edge but this is sliding into slasherporn. Gross. Much worse that just wearing leather. What’s next a necklace of ears and eyeballs? Some people will do anything to stay in the spotlight when they don’t have any real talent.

  • orne says:

    To be honest I loved it. When she wore that Kermit the frog dress she said it was her on way to mock furwearers because she doesn’t wear fur. Meat is murder I know and I’m vegetarian for that reason but still I found it unique and I loved her speech.

  • Jaimz says:

    If you all really believe that her meat dress is real you have a problem. I highly doubt that she would wear real meat knowing that it would start smelling. Furthermore Cher would have never hugged her if the meat was real. This is art and I can’t believe this is causing such a fuss. If you want to get mad at people who support the sale of raw meat go to your local supermarkets and boycott them for having a meat market. I mean really folks… let’s get real here.

  • Skyler says:

    Bad form Gaga….. love ur music… but this was not one of your best decisions….

  • Sarah says:

    Yuck. Just yuck. Why Lady Gaga? Jim you can probably sell your tickets. Probably even for more than you paid for them to people who are desperate to go for some reason.

  • Manish Jain says:

    How can a person think of using animal meat for their dress.

  • Renske says:

    Maybe she wore this ensemble to make people aware that wearing leather is the same as this disgusting display? I don’t know it’s just a suggestion… Let’s wait and see what her explanation will be.

  • veganation says:

    While it might be offensive hopefully it makes omnivores think about their food. If they think it’s disgusting then why are they eating it? I dunno… PETA does some pretty outrageous and offensive things too for the sake of shocking people and making them think. I’m not sure if Lady Gaga’s meat dress is that different.

  • julie williamsont says:

    Lady Gagas meat dress was disgusting offensive and completely out of line for a public appearance on a major tv appearance! She just lost this potential fan!

  • Brianna says:

    You can criticize lady gaga but PETA has done its fair share of making people rethink this organization objectives. PETA has continuously objectified women in the name of protesting for animal rights. Naked girls in bikinis splattered with blood. Naked celebrities using this bodies for attention. What does that say? sensationalizing sex and women for the sake of what?

  • Vic G. C. says:

    I foreshadow that she will have “Bad Romances” for the rest of her music career. I’d much rather stick to Lady Pasta.

  • Anonymouse says:

    That dress was Raw Raw Raw ah ah ah”

  • lucy wordsworth says:

    as a dedicated veggie i must admit im not at all offended by ga ga’s meat dress i think alot of people have maybe misinterpreted it ? it could do more for veggies and vegans i mean it looked pretty gross ! plus the fact the jokes on her she looked hillarious and it just seems to me that she is grasping at straws to shock and keep it fresh instead shes ended up looking a fool

  • sanjuro says:

    For once I think PETA is missing the point. Most reactions you get from Lady Gaga wearing this meat dress is “it’s disguting” even from meat eaters. That’s very interesting I think suddenly they seem to see meat for what it is flesh and corpse rather than food. You don’t get such outraged reactions when the PETA girls are wearing their lettuce outfits. So meat is ok if it’s in a plate but it’s repulsive if it touches our skin. Now why is that? Tactile sympathy for the dead?

  • Mo says:

    This person can do anything for money and fame. So sad that now she’s actually number one world “artist”. She just do nothing except things like a dead animals profanation but people still thinks she working so hard. It’s not art what she doing it’s more like you put shoe on your head and then say THIS IS FOR ART. Non talented people used sex controversy and weird look and yea this is the same situation.

  • Drew says:

    I thought it was rather clever personally.

  • victor cazares says:

    it’s fake its a new technoly check it out httptechnology.gather.comviewArticle.action?articleId281474978515233

  • bernard says:

    LOL who uses the word ‘records’ anymore?

  • veggiedude says:

    Well the way I see it meat is far safer to put on body than in your stomach! And it’s no more disgusting than wearing leather shoes coats or fur.

  • Tamra says:

    As an animal lover I was shocked at this proud display of death. But this doesnt shock me coming from this girl. However what I would like to say is although the blog above shed some light on the subject since Lady Gaga is on the forefront of almost ever magazine cover she should be made an example of. There should be a blog everyday until she tells us this wont happen again. I loved the imagery of the maggots but she needs more than just this one post. I ask everyone to post how they feel about this how confused we are that we have to choose between music and our morals. She needs to get the message. A confused Lady Gaga fan? in Canada

  • Shari says:

    Her new name should be “LADY GAGGAG” Even if it was fake this stunt was in bad taste!

  • Jacqueline says:

    I saw Lady G in an interview once and she stated she would never wear fur. Instead she wear’s tortured animal meat. Why are so many ignorant to what is going on today with cows pigschickens etc. It makes me cry. Me and my other vegans friends wish we could change the world. Will they ever be free?

  • Jim says:

    Thank you Ingrid for this much needed comment. For someone who’s looked up to by kids for her admirable nononsense activism and socially responsible voice on issues of human rights particularly LGBT civic equality issues to see Lady Gaga’s appearance at yesterday’s MTV Video Music Awards as the deliberate instigator of this is kind of callous stupid cruelty is really appalling and intensely disappointing. I just discovered this isn’t the first time she’s done this. She appeared on a Japanese magazine cover several weeks ago in the same manner. and took flack for it then. We had paid $350 for tickets several months in advance for her show in Raleigh NC next Sundaybefore any of this mindless and despicable “meat dressing” behavior. Now I really dont even want to go and would like to have our money back. We will not be spending money in support of this woman again.

  • anon says:

    People won’t buy her records because she wore a dress made of meat? Who are you fooling?

  • Efrà says:

    I don’t know why there’s still a lot of people celebrating this person. She has talent I admit it but she seems pretty ignorant to me. I’m very sad about this meat she’s wearing even if it’s fake it’s offensive and totally unattractive overall. She must stop to think before doing these kinds of things I’ve never mind about anything she’s done in the past but this has upset me.

  • rachel says:

    i thought it was repulsive. when i see meat it remind me of the agony going on in slaughterhouses. i think about it slaughterhouses all the time and it makes me sick to my soul.

  • Gina says:

    It’s pathetic how ‘Lady’ Ga Ga is getting desparate to keep her act fresh by using decomposing flesh. Like your music ‘Lady’ Ga Ga you are terrible.

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