Crazy 8: Our Year in Review

This year has been a whirlwind. As we celebrate yet another milestone, we invite you to reflect with us upon the last 364 plus days’ high moments, low moments, and everything in between. In no particular order, the events that helped shape our year…

Lady Gaga.

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.

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