Is Lady Gaga trying to outdo Miley Cyrus? That’s what it seemed like during her performance on the latest installment of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," when Gaga took on a dual role as both a host and musical performer.
The 27-year-old pop star collaborated with R&B crooner R. Kelly on the recording of "Do What U Want," and he joined her on "SNL" to do the song live onstage for the first time. In a revealing sequined jumpsuit and long, platinum-blonde wig, Lady Gaga literally let R. Kelly do whatever he wanted with her body. When he came on the stage a little over a minute into the song, Gaga walked up to him and jumped on he as he began to sing. She proceeded to bend over in front of him as he caressed her butt and then slapped it. The most shocking moment, however, came when R. Kelly removed his shades, and as Lady Gaga laid down on the stage, he crawled on top of her and simulated sexual movements. Reactions to the performance were mixed.
(Watch it here.)
“There is something calculated about this performance. Don't judge me, but I am an R. Kelly fan. This performance was kind of odd to look at. Is she poking fun at Miley's behavior on stage as of lately? Is it to see what they can do to top it? If there was some performance chemistry between Lady Gaga and Kells, I must watch it again to find it,” said commenter “Chelsea OneEightFive” on YouTube.
Many were disappointed in the performance and extent of sexuality, while others defended Lady Gaga and called the performance a statement about her opinion of the media. “The song isn't about sex! It's about how the media tears her down for her looks, her weight, her style, but they can NEVER have her mind [sic]!” wrote James McClelland.
Back in August, Cyrus had a similarly jaw-dropping performance, when she performed at the VMAs with Robin Thicke. Wearing latex underwear, she twerked on the 36-year-old and touched his groin with a giant foam hand.
Does Lady Gaga’s performance make Cyrus’ look innocent? Was her performance with R. Kelly a critique of female sexuality in the music industry or was it done simply for shock value?
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...