Lady Gaga’s Contoversial Wheel Chair Performance

July 14th, 2011 // 2 Comments

Lady Gaga‘s Sydney Town Hall performance caused a stir because she performed in a wheel chair as her alter ego Yuyi the Mermaid singing her song You And I. This isn’t the first time that Lady Gaga has rolled on stage to perform. Jesse Billauer, the founder of America Rolls On Foundation, said that the group accepts her right to artistically express herself using a wheel chair, but others don’t have this choice

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“Since this isn’t the first time she has used a wheelchair in her performances, I invite her to learn more about the 5.6million Americans who live with paralysis.They, like me, unfortunately, don’t use a wheelchair for shock value.I extend a personal invitation to Lady GaGa to attend one of our Life Rolls On events where quadriplegics and paraplegics surf, skate, and snowboard, so she can see how much is possible beyond a wheelchair. Maybe that will be most shocking to her of all” Says Billauer.

When her video “Paparazzi” first premiered, it also sparked controversy because she was in a wheelchair and neck brace and was shown being pushed off a balcony. Lady Gaga responded to the controversy by saying that she was inspired by fashion photographer Helmet Newton’s pictures of disabled women, and said her fans were okay with her performances in wheelchairs.

“I had girls in wheelchairs crying to me at meet-and-greets, telling me that when they saw that video it changed their lives” says Lady Gaga in a Vanity Fair interview.

By Viannie Bell

  1. Michelle

    Bette Midler did it in the 70s. wheelchair, mermaid suit and all, this isn’t a new thing.

  2. Anastacia Conway

    To M.S. two-wheeler,
    (Lady GaGa),
    Whatever makes you think you sound smart please remember or at least try that… “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.” Of course I’ll expect you to take this “twaddle” and turn it into something that “inspires ” as only yourself knows how but in case your having trouble with comprehension i.e. think, preoccupational child.
    Dear sweet little M.S. two-wheeler why couldn’t you try something more entertaning if not challenging? Something a little over-the-top like riding a unicycle ithorughout your performance. At least you won’t have to explain yourself. And believe it or not people will have as much fun wattching you as you will performing. I have one more believe it or not to give you Lady GAGA, I am a closet fan. Perhaps one day you will out me but I doublt it; I’m pretty good at this.

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