IT’S the music video Lady Gaga didn’t want the world to see — but now we’ve got a glimpse of the shocker that one source has called “an ad for rape”.
When Gaga released Do What U Want , the second single from her ill-fated ARTPOP album last October, she hyped up the release of an accompanying controversial video.
The video is directed by infamous photographer Terry Richardson, whose sexually explicit works cause controversy on their own, but who has also faced allegations in recent years of coercing his models into performing sexual acts.
Also featured in the video is R&B singer R. Kelly, himself no stranger to sex scandals after a 2002 video surfaced that appeared to show him engaging in sex with, and urinating on, an underage girl.
Despite the hype, the video never materialised when the single was released, and Gaga broke her silence in a January blog post to say that the delay had been “devastating” and her creative process had been rushed.
The clip opens with Gaga on an operating table, R. Kelly administering an unnamed “medicine” that renders her unconscious. Gaga’s lifeless, naked body is then propped up on the operating table by dancers who grind and twerk all over her.
In the next scene, Gaga — again naked, but for some scraps of newspaper — poses as Richardson shoots her against a wall plastered with her most inflammatory headlines.
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The New York Post quotes an unnamed source who’s seen the full video: “Gaga had a video directed by an alleged sexual predator, starring another sexual predator. With the theme, ‘I’m going to do whatever I want with your body’? It was literally an ad for rape.”
While it’s hard to be shocked by Gaga’s antics nowadays, the initial furore over the song reignited with the video leak today, as fans questioned the appropriateness of teaming a track in which Gaga implores the listener to “Do what you want with my body” with a video starring two alleged sexual offenders.