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Elizabeth Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867820

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867820.001.0001

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One of Us?

One of Us?

Disability Drag and the Gaga Enfreakment of Fandom

Chapter:
(p.177) 7 One of Us?
Source:
Disability Media Studies
Author(s):

Krystal Cleary

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479867820.003.0008

Pop musician Lady Gaga has become both symbol of and spokesperson for freaks and outcasts, championing and often embodying cultural difference along lines of sexuality, gender, and dis/ability. Yet Gaga's role as "Mother Monster" is complicated by the different histories and statuses of the marginalized groups for whom she claims to speak, as well as the class, racial, gender, and able-bodied privilege that not merely accompanies but in fact enables her performance of outsiderness. In an analysis that brings disability studies into dialog with several sub-disciplines within media studies, most notably star studies and reception studies, Krystal Cleary explores the complicated nature of Gaga's freakery in terms of disability.

Keywords:   Lady Gaga, freaks, star studies, sexuality

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