Well, well, well. Another video that seems to have a much deeper meaning than what’s on the surface.
The video starts with an inverted triangle, and the head of a unicorn! Cute, eh? I’ll have more to say about the triangle at the end of my interpretation. GaGa begins by telling us we are on the planet of G.O.A.T, where Mother Monster is continuously giving birth to what I’m guessing is her little monsters! From previous interviews, we are told by GaGa that the video would show the birth of a new race who are “free of prejudice”. It’s pretty much clear now that GaGa was referring to her fans as the new race, accepting everybody for who they are.
HOWEVER! On the same day as the birth of “freedom”, is something more sinister. The “birth of evil”. The look of anguish on the faces of this particular race, along with them being tied and bound is quite shocking, followed by Mother Evil seemingly giving birth to a gigantic gun. Good seems to be prevailing, but Evil is fighting back. (with the gun, taking shots). Lindsey Anderson pointed out in the comments section how church bells can be heard when the gun is being fired. I believe that this could be representative of the growing pressure on churches to allow same-sex marriage. Evil is fighting against this proposition, but Good prevails, allowing the marriages.
“How can I protect something so perfect, without evil”. Could this quote be hinting that evil is needed in order to maintain balance and freedom?
The song begins, everyone is on their knees except for GaGa. My initial thoughts were are they worshipping her? It seems so until GaGa joins them on the floor, showing signs of unity and equality. The first verse and chorus are danced to by this united group, and it seems like good has prevailed! We’re then swiftly moved to a shot of GaGa in skeletal makeup, with one other; a male, wearing the same. Is this Evil? Or possibly the spouses of evil? There was mention of evil splitting into two earlier on in the video. Perhaps these are the representations of those two parts. They’re segregated, alone, but still in existence. (Linking back to the hinting that evil is in fact needed).
The group of Good are all joined, hugging one another, proud. The female Evil (spouse?) seems to be converting, singing and dancing along to the meaningful lyrics. However, male Evil stands, seemingly unwilling to change.
The shelves of heads are representative of the vessels of the unborn, waiting until they’re ready to be born! Mother Monster gave birth to something that looked very similar earlier on in the video (with the kaleidoscope double mirrored type shots). ((These also seem to resemble the heads placed upon the piano during GaGa’s Grammy performance! I love how she dropped us a hint and nobody realised.))
Birth is continuously shown throughout the video, linking back to the statement that the birth is infinite. (Poor Mother Monster, she’s gonna be in a lot of pain!)
I squealed the first time I saw GaGa give the middle finger in this video. It made me smile, SO MUCH. It’s a big “fuck you” to all the people who won’t accept you for who you are. The whole united front, and togetherness shown in this video really makes me beam.
GaGa ends by strutting down her glitter pathway, a tear falling from her eye. Happiness for the new race, or upset that the real world is so far away from the perfection shown throughout the video? The race is complete. Finally, a race who will not be judgemental, a race without prejudice and a race to be proud of. GaGa jumps onto her unicorn, once again shown inside a triangle, however, the triangle is this time the right way up.
I believe that the inverted triangle at the beginning of the video represented the trauma and unbalanced world that once was. Now that the new race has arrived, the world has completely turned around (as has the triangle), becoming a much better place. It’s also known that the pink triangle was slapped onto gay men during the Holocaust.
A rainbow is shown over GaGa and her unicorn, which to me signifies happiness. Female Evil pops gum. All worries are gone.
I loved the video. I really love to sit and look at what GaGa has come up with now, and try to think of the narrative behind all the dancing and lyrics. Feel free to ask questions in the little comments box below and I will do my damned best to try to come up with an explanation to your question. I don’t hold all the answers, I’ve probably only got 10% of the plotline here, if that at all. I could be completely wrong, but this is what I got from the video, and I’ve come away from it with the biggest smile on my face.
UPDATE – Someone came to me with the idea that GaGa is entering deep into a state of consciousness. The point at which Evil seems to be converting could be an attempt to show how everyone, no matter who, has pure love deep inside themselves. The flowers around Mother Monster could be there to show the transition into consciousness.
Just put your paws up.