A couple of hours after watching the Baby Gaga video, a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” the video has not actually been pulled from YouTube.com, but it has been changed from a public video to a private one. The Baby Gaga video had gone viral, and now the only people who can view it on YouTube are those with an invitation. You can see clips of it here:
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Baby Gaga: “Telephone” Parody
The Baby Gaga video was not the first and it won’t be the last Lady Gaga parody video. The problem with this one is that it “starred” a three-year-old girl. Lady Gaga is not a role model for any three-year-old child, any moreso than the new untamed Miley Cyrus is a role model for a tween or teen girl.
When you click on what you think might be the Baby Gaga video, instead of playing, a message appears. It reads, “This is a private video. If you have been sent this video, please make sure you accept the sender’s friend request,” making the video unviewable.
How Controversial Was the Baby Gaga “Telephone” Video?
In the video, the three-year-old girl seemed pretty disjointed from the song and the lyrics. She was busy playing with a toy telephone and was dressed in some outrageous Lady Gaga inspired fashion mistakes. The only difference was the outfits she wore were not racy, and were more age appropriate than some commercial Halloween costumes. The big exception and most problematic accessory? Baby Gaga wore handcuffs.
Baby Gaga’s Handcuffs: Fashion Police?
In the beginning of the Baby Gaga video, the handcuffs were a fashion accessory. Later in the video, the three-year-old is wearing them. It’s one thing to make a decision as an adult to make a video and accessorize, but who puts handcuffs on a three-year-old? It’s too easy to say the people behind the video meant to convey the idea that Lady Gaga should be brought down by the fashion police.
There was one scene of a group of sexily dressed women dancing around Baby Gaga, but she just sort of sat there looking bored. The juxtaposition itself was unsettling, although many viewers probably focused on the cleavage and midriffs of the women.
The Baby Gaga video may not have been the best idea, and parents may not want to see their daughter in a similar video, but it was not as bad as it could have been. The Baby Gaga video could have been worse, much the same way the BP oil spill could have been worse. Just because it wasn’t worse doesn’t make it okay. It was a truly terrible thing to do to a three-year-old girl.
Viewing of the Baby Gaga video, YouTube.com before it went private