Kids go Lady Gaga on YouTube: Adorable or online video-sploitation?
Here’s the thing: I like kids (when they belong to other people), and I like Lady Gaga. Do you know what I don’t like? When these two otherwise happy universes collide, as in this latest of a remarkably vast online video oeuvre:
Memo to parents, in several parts:
1. By all means, document every move your kid makes, particularly every singing and dancing move. My parents did this when I was a performance-crazed kid, and if there was anything I liked better than singing Sonny and Cher songs, it was later watching myself singing Sonny and Cher songs. In my case, on some crazy reel-to-reel film that my parents had to actually set up a projector to watch … which they did, often, bless their hearts. (If you want to raise a future karaoke junkie, this is the way to do it.) However, just because the technology is now available to instantly make this video available to the public doesn’t mean you should. Record it, watch it, but keep it to your friends and family.
2. Related: Indulging in hair, makeup, costuming, and back-up dancers kinda takes the whole production from a sweet, impulsive outburst of kiddie musicality to … something that’s way more about you parents than about your adorable children.
3. It is my impression that you think it’s particularly cute when your children imitate the pop star-avant garde performance artist amalgam that is Lady Gaga, as opposed to a more child-accessible act like Miley Cyrus (despite her recent “scandalous” antics). It is not as special as you believe it to be. It’s actually borderline creepy, mainly because Gaga is.
4. I hereby call a moratorium on all “Telephone” parodies. You will never top the Afghanistan-based American soldiers doing it. I don’t care how cute your kids are.
But what do you think, PopWatchers? Kids doing Lady Gaga: Yea or nay?
Hell to the No!