Image Credit: Nick Laham/Getty ImagesA photo of Lady Gaga that’s so far beyond the pale, it’s not fit for anyone with an impressionable imagination or certain heart conditions has been all over the Web lately. The shocking shot depicts Gaga attending a Mets game at NYC’s Citi Field yesterday while wearing a studded bikini and — my goodness! — extending an upraised middle finger toward a photographer’s camera. It’s so risque that it should really go below the jump on a family blog like this, but somehow we’ve slipped up and posted it right there next to these words. Aren’t you scandalized?

Okay, as you may have gathered, I’m being a bit sarcastic. Stars flip off paparazzi all the time. When you’re followed by cameras constantly and have achieved anything less than full Zen calm and self-mastery, it’s pretty much bound to happen now and again. Not really a huge deal. And Lady Gaga is not exactly famous for her polite and shy demeanor. But for some reason this particular image is making waves. The Mets formally apologized to Jerry Seinfeld, in whose private box Gaga was sitting when she gave cameras the bird. (I’m sure Jerry Seinfeld has never seen this foul gesture before in his life.) Gaga even issued a self-righteous tweet in her own defense today: “A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans.”

You’ve seen the photo. Am I the only one who thinks this whole thing is a total non-issue? Or has this incident gravely shaken your faith in Lady Gaga? Vote after the jump.

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