Photo frenzy

Shutterstock tweets shade at Lady Gaga and fans aren’t having it

Here’s a sentence we never thought we’d write: Shutterstock, the prominent stock photo service, has cast some Twitter shade upon Lady Gaga. Her fans cast it right back.

It all started when Gaga’s new single, “Stupid Love” leaked. If you still haven’t heard it, just go to a drag show this weekend — there’s sure to be at least one giddy queen in every town performing the bop.

The leak lit up Twitter and one meme, in particular, appears to have made it all the way back to Ms. Stefani, who shared the same images with a simple request: “can y’all stop”.

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And while you might think Shutterstock would appreciate having its brand tweeted out to Gaga’s 80 million+ followers, they seized on the chance to (playfully — note the winking emoji) engage.

“@ladygaga We hear you! We like artists to be paid for their work too. Here’s a link to the photographer’s work where you can license these quality images,” the company wrote, adding links to the photos.

We’d be remiss not to include the full photo titles — works of poetry unto themselves:

  • Closeup view of a young girl wearing a ski mask, listening to illegal music, isolated against a white background.
  • Concept image of a young girl dancing to pirated or illegal music downloads on her mp3 player, isolated against a white background.

So just to recap: Lady Gaga pirated an image of a girl listening to pirated music after fans pirated her music.

Her fans didn’t find it quite as amusing. “BYE,” wrote one, while another proclaimed “Lady Gaga can do anything she wants.”

They may have a point there, but to honor all the artists involved in this saga, we’ve gone ahead and licensed the images ourselves.

Here they are, watermark-free, ready to be printed, framed, and enjoyed for generations: