”…at least Lady Gaga was unquestionably tied to gay culture from her earliest career rumblings.”
How? From everything I’ve seen and heard about Lady Gaga, she has no organic connection to the gay community whatsoever. Madonna on the other hand, has a gay brother, who danced with her in the early days before going on to design two of her tours, as well as having loads of gay friends such as Christopher Flynn, who encouraged her to dance and took her to her first gay club. There were other key gay friends too like Martin Burgoyne, who designed a couple of her single covers, and the famous artists Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, who created art for her.
But really, Lady Gaga wouldn’t have a career without Madonna and as we’re already seeing after only 5 years, Gaga is on the way down because people have realised we don’t need a ‘new Madonna’, when the first one is still going strong.