Jack White Says Lady Gaga is “All Image With No Meaning”

Truth rating: 10
(Esquire UK)

By Shari Weiss

(Esquire UK)

Jack White may not be one of Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters.”

The rocker seemingly blasts the pop star in a new interview with Esquire UK, where he accuses Gaga of being nothing more than a well-crafted gimmick.

“I don’t think she lives it because it’s all artifice,” White says in the magazine’s January music issue.

He continues, “It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite.”

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But the former White Stripes frontman isn’t putting all the blame on Gaga herself.

“It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want,” says White, who also slams what he believes is a lack of authenticity in today’s pop culture.

White laments to the magazine, “The goal of modern celebrity is to make yourself into the lowest common denominator.”

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UPDATE: White has since taken to his blog to clarify his statements. He writes, “I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you.”

The rocker goes on in his screed to write, “I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote.”

For the record: The quotes were in Esquire UK.

Anyway, White concludes, “Peace to Lady Gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it’s given to help create change.”

What do you think about White’s comments?

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