Is Lady Gaga losing her sexuality?

Courtney Love fears Lady Gaga will turn into lonely drag queen

The punk rocker turned sobriety advocate talks about the dangers of being surrounded by only gay men


Drew Grant
May 27, 2011 2:27AM (UTC)

Courtney Love has spoken! And her advice might not be as crazy it sounds. In a two-part interview with The Fix, the ex-Mrs. Cobain opens up about her past drug use, her current sobriety, and not hanging out with girls like Lindsay or Paris. "What am I, a junkie Auntie Mame," asks Courtney in a sound bite that's being passed around faster than a hash pipe at a Hole concert.

The one thing that struck me about the interview, in all its provocative glory, is what Courtney said about Lady Gaga, one of the few pop stars who is open about her drug use and (more important) hasn't had a narcotics-induced public meltdown yet.

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"She may be doing fine at the moment, but I’m worried about her future. She’s very young, and she’s very talented, but she doesn’t seem to have any female friends. Or any straight guy friends for that matter. Instead, she surrounds herself with this coterie of gay stylists and advisors who’ve turned her into this weird, sexless Barbie doll. I was raised by gay guys myself, and I turned out all right in the end. But you know, you can only pull off this meat-dress act for so long. If she doesn’t watch out she’ll turn into a lonely drag queen. Straight guys just aren't in to that kind of thing. "

It's true that Gaga's main difference from Madonna is her desexualization; she does resemble a drag queen onstage more than a female pop star. And that's a large part of her appeal among her young gay fan base, who look to her as a sign that anyone can be "born this way" and still loved for who they are.

But anyone who knows Gaga's history also knows she's admitted to being bisexual and was, up until recently, dating a bartender/diet book author named Luc Carl. She's admitted to working out her issues with her relationship through song, and there is a rejection of our culturally accepted ideas of femininity in that. But she's in no way "sexless," and as was evidenced in last week's "Saturday Night Live" short "3-Way," Gaga has no problem taking off the makeup and being a girl.

I doubt she'll end up a "lonely drag queen" just because she's a gay male icon. What do you think?


Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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