Diatribe: Gaga + Muppets = Confusion.
As far as I’m concerned, some thing just don’t go together at Thanksgiving. For example, I don’t like the combined taste of green beans and sage, I’ve never enjoyed cranberry sauce with turkey and I don’t enjoy the combination of Lady Gaga and The Muppets. Thursday night’s Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular on ABC left a particularly bad taste in my mouth.
I am, unashamedly, a lifelong fan of Jim Henson’s Muppets. I loved the original Muppet Show and all of the Muppet feature films (except the most recent one) and highly recommend them to anyone with children. For me, the Muppets represent “family entertainment” simply because Muppet comedy, traditionally, includes humor that is creative enough to amuse adults while still entertaining to children.
Since her rise to fame several years ago, I have also been a fan of Lady Gaga. I find her music to be creative and new and her style of entertainment to be evolving and interesting. As an individual, I think that she has taken monumental steps to bring attention to topics and causes that have benefited greatly from her assistance. Her act, however, is far from “child friendly”. Her costumes are consistently revealing and the lyrics and subject matter of her songs are not particularly targeted toward a family audience. (At least she and her guests pretty much covered up for this closing number.)
And this is primarily why I did not enjoy her holiday spectacular on ABC. I squirmed as her cleavage jostled about as Kermit the Frog and Gonzo looked on. Aside from the fact that the program was clearly intended to be a cross-promotional long-form commercial of sorts for both ABC/Disney’s upcoming Muppet big-screen project and Gaga’s recently released CD ARTPOP, it was an uncomfortable combination of burlesque and puppetry that I found difficult to watch much less enjoy.
Did you enjoy Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular?
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