Lady Gaga’s Crusade for Animalism

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


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Lady Gaga recently announced that she was launching a foundation: the Born This Way Foundation.  It will be dedicated to “issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.”  All of which sounds very nice.  Nobody likes bullies; as a general matter, the best way to handle them is to punch them in the face.  The problem, though, is obvious: the Born This Way Foundation will support the “Born This Way” ethos.  That ethos actually undermines a campaign against bullying.

What exactly is the “Born This Way” ethos?  Let’s take a look at Lady Gaga’s lyrics from that idiotic song – the worst message song since John Lennon’s insipid “Imagine”:

Just put your paws up
‘Cause you were born this way, baby …
I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track baby
I was born this way …
Don’t be a drag – just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re back, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re Orient …
No matter gay, straight, or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to survive …

The internal logic of the song – and the philosophy – is clear.  Just as color is genetically predetermined, so is behavior.  Of course we should all “put our paws up” – in essence, we’re a bunch of animals, driven by forces we don’t understand and should not be expected to control.  This is dumbed-down E.O. Wilson, the Harvard sociobiologist who believes that every human action can be reduced to biology.  Wilson, however, is not stupid enough to believe that biology can in any sense be called moral – it is simply biology, and morality is a gridwork laid down by genetics on top of our biological instinct in order to give order and meaning to our lives.

Lady Gaga, however, falls into the classic naturalistic fallacy, first articulated in basic fashion by David Hume, of mixing up is and ought.  Just because something is biologically influenced does not mean that we ought to act that way.  If it did, life would be gritty, meaningless, and short.  In other words, human civilization would look a good deal like Occupy Oakland.

Lady Gaga and her ilk love this sort of logic because it absolves them of any culpability for their actions.  Does Lady Gaga want to have sex with anything that moves?  Well, baby, she was born that way.  Does she want to promote homosexuality to pre-teens?  Well, baby, she was born that way, too.  Does she want to wear bizarre outfits and stomp around like a refugee from a Salvador Dali tableau vivant?  You guessed it – she was born that way.

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  • Amused

    Shapiro …..you've got too much time on your hands …….get a job sir .

    • Big Irish

      Great stuff Ben as usual!….keep up the great work!

  • Ken

    If you have nothing contructive to say, keep quiet. You are NOT amusing!! You sound like a petulant child!!

    • Morrismajor

      Are you referring to Ben and this paranoid alarmist piece?

    • Amused

      GFY Ken , hows that fit ya /

  • PatriotX

    A very interesting argument against the “ME” generation.

    • PatriotX

      I’ll rephrase that, “the “ME” generation’s philosophy.”

  • taxpayer

    Lady Gaga as philosopher? Or Lady Gaga as Lady Gag-gag?

    • Big Irish

      Gag-gag?….she wants makes me want to puke.

  • tarleton

    Excellent column Ben…you are exactly correct …Hollywood and the pop music world are , for the most part , a DEGENERATE culture that is in the process of poisoning the impressionable minds of a whole generation of youngsters in the Western world …we need conservative values and mores to act as a vaccine or antidote against this type of moral nihilism

    Here in the UK we are about 20 years in more advanced decay than the US …this is your future if you allow it …the problem here in Britain is that when religion is undermined , the values associated with it are undermined too …the future is a kind of terra incognito of moral confusion without the ''magnetic true north '' of a religious compass as a guide …stormy seas ahead, I suspect

    • radicalconservative

      The future will be a mix of Mad Max, Lord of the Flies, and The Road. Get some guns, ammo and dried food. And cyanide capsules to use when you run out of ammo and food.

      • Morrismajor

        Yup, all going to hell ever since Elvis. Glad to have such cheery optimists like you aboard.
        PS, in all those doomsday scenario, some major war or natural catastrophe happened, not just a pop singer or two

        • trickyblain

          The funny thing is that four people voted "thumbs up" for that dire, totally baseless prediction.

          Abject clowns.

          • PhillipGaley

            While that appears to be a "totally baseless prediction", Jimmy Carter's "Global 2000 Goal" for 90% world population reduction is not, . . . and to begin in towards Winter of 2013, . . .

          • trickyblain

            90 percent population reduction. Wow. The report doesn't even come close to saying anything like that. The report, in nonsociopathic reality, concludes with this. Actually very accurate:

            "If present trends continue, the world in 2000 will be more crowded, and more vulnerable to disruption than the world we live in now. Serious stresses involving population, resources, and environment are clearly visible ahead. Despite greater material output, the worlds people will be poorer in many ways than they are today."

    • Questions

      What the UK needs is more albums by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

  • Rebecca

    Dont think you should judge other people until u walk a mile in their shoes! If I understand the Bible, God is the judge!

    • PhillipGaley

      Can you fit "By their fruits you shall know them.", and "A tree is know by its fruit.", into that?

      • debinqueens

        yep, catholic priests molesting little boys and girls, republican christians commiting adultery, hasidic rabbis forcing their genitals into children…scum finds its own level. right kiddo?

    • http://weekendlibertarian.blogspot.com/ Ben

      Rebecca: Your comment on judging makes little sense. I’m from a Christian background (not Jewish) but even some children can tell you that judging people for judging is circular – or a contradiction in terms.

      Incidentally, the New Testament gives people the right to judge correctly. It just stands against hypocritical judging. In fact, pro-God Jesus rewarded John the Baptist for making strong judgments. You need to study the Bible.

      I think when you say, “Don’t judge,” you’re really saying “Don’t question” and/or “Don’t think.” I think Shapiro should be praised for his critical-thinking skills, by way of contrast.

  • Dirty Kuffar

    Lady Gaga claims to support issues of sexual liberation – ok – so far so good ; I trust therefore she will start using her fame, money and status to campaign against the barbaric practise of female genital mutilation practised by Somali and other muslims both in the USA and in Britain and Europe,

    • PhillipGaley

      . . . . don't hold your breath, or, No. She won't, . . .

      • debinqueens

        right alongside the pope, billy graham, george bush, newt gingrich, rick perry and all the others who have advocated for these women. and you, lil phil and kuffar? show evidence of your morality. on any level at all.

  • debinqueens

    perhaps she should just follow in the footsteps of good, solid Christianists like Mel Gibson and build a fake church to a god he pretends to worship, then cheat on a spouse while beating a mistress who's holding his child. or Newt Gingrich and have sex with a mistress right on top of the bed where his wife is suffering from terminal cancer.

    sing it with me:
    morals….we've got morals….what kind of folks preach phony morals? fake jews, fake christians fakes of every stripe. hate gays, hate trannys, why not have nine or ten wives…..

    • PatriotX

      If Newt Gingrich or Mel Gibson did any of those things, no one here defends their actions. So, because some Christians veer away from the faith, should that be cause to keep silent while someone teaches perversion to our children?

  • Morrismajor

    Wow, not that I give a hoot for a faddist like Lady Gaga, but I think Ben is even a bigger whack off as she is. This site sounds like the Christian Coalition is running it now.

  • tagalog

    "Don't be a drag, just be a queen"

    Immortal.

  • EamonnDublin

    I'm not so worried for myself; I'm in my late sixties. I will be well gone out of here when they make homosexuality compulsory.

    • lee j.

      too late, Eamonn…..sending John Travolta over for your indoctrination.

    • trickyblain

      Yes. Lady Gaga is in charge of such policy decisions.

      Stop making we Irish look bad.

  • jade

    wow, you right wing nutjobs really give me a chuckle. you make these obscure connections that make no sense and obsess over an entertainer who is just trying to do some good. just keep telling yourselves how intelligent you are

    • tagalog

      Entertainer, so THAT'S what she is!

      • PhillipGaley

        I would say rather, Ben Shapiro is the entertainer Gaga is not, . . .

    • Wideband

      Do some good? You left wing nut jobs just make me wonder. All Stephanie was "born" to do was line her pockets. She's a sub-par musician and singer, and an above-par marketer and self promoter. She is clearly not a philosopher – as the artical shows, it takes about 30 seconds of thought and about 10 minutes of writing to expose the fundamental flaws in her outlook. If it took any longer than that, I'd be inclined to agree with those who figure Mr. Shapiro has better things to do with his time. Gaga as a thinker and truth-seeker is just an easy target.

  • trickyblain

    "If sexuality is biologically based, so is belief in God "

    Maybe so. But it's hard to argue tha biology has anything to do with the beliefs that that God wrote a book, told us not to eat shellfish and pork, asked us to kill naughty children, hung out on a mountain waiting for a dude to come up and take away some tablets, told another dude to gather every animal speicies on Earth into a boat for a 40 day cruise, etc.

    No, that's no biology. That's called indoctrination/brainwashing.

    • tagalog

      No; developing a doctrine or an orthodoxy out of a religious belief so that one's faith is buttressed by belonging to a group of like-thinking people is (in the religious context) called joining a church.

      In the area of ideology, it might be called becoming a believer in self-rule, or becoming a monarchist, or becoming a feudalist, or becoming a Marxist, or any of a myriad of names that people who have differing ideological views might develop for their particular collectives.

      Yes, it's a form of indoctrination. Everyone does it, all the time. Because of that, is it genetic? I don't know and neither do you and neither does Lady Gaga; she just does what gets her in the public eye and helps her make money. It's too bad she's beginning to move toward taking herself seriously. She was better when she was simply frivolous.

  • http://www.aninfinitesummer.ro Will

    What are humans if not animals?

    Fungi?

    • PhillipGaley

      As appears, no one ever told "Will" the differences between the lower animal kingdom and the higher kingdom, . . .

  • Scott

    Do your homework or find another job. What a f***ing dumb a**

  • Amused

    Ahhh , the sound of mindless sycophants chiming in .Lighten up you anal retentive fools , it's an act , it's pop culture it comes and it goes . She has a right to an opinion , even though morons may think otherwise , and I 'msure she couldn't give a rats arse what some wannabee journalist like Shapiro thinks , as she laughs all the way to the bank . Lighten up Shapiro and take your barking freinds with you . Besides , she's making all your capitalist freinds , lots of money ….,she's a hit .

  • bob

    you're gonna tell me that imagine by john lennon is a bad song and you expect me to take your opinion seriously? wow, just wow.

  • mein

    lady gaga ,if we are smart enough to unserstand,is one of the devil worshipers that we r commonly seen in the tv’s today especially in the music industry so she is doing but nothing demoralising people with her songs and clips so u should better watchout co no matter who u r if u r listening to her songs and watching her clips she is robbing u your morality and making u closer to her satanic things than to GOD.

  • Amused

    I think you get closer to satanic behavior [HATE ] by beiong one of the many posters on this blog who suck up thgis B.S. like lemonade .