Meat the Press: Beauty pageant protester Ann Simonton’s meat dress captured national attention in 1982.
This year, Lady Gaga left the terrestrial realm of pop star and ascended to the astral plane of pop icon. Most memorable of her provocations was that now-infamous raw-meat dress — supposedly her sartorial protest against “don’t ask, don’t tell,” if a rather oblique one. But it may be that, as was the case with Andy Warhol, the ideas behind the antics don’t much matter. The antics themselves have the power of ideas.
Here we see that once again, Gaga has appropriated looks, images, and statements from days of yore. As we said before: