I’m Born This Way, Manila
“I’ve had enough, this is my prayer. That I’ll die livin’ just as free as my hair.” (Hair) Contrary to what Filipinos think, Lady Gaga has a god. And as she told us yesterday: “she wants the best for all of us”. I don’t believe that an artist and a woman like Lady Gaga workships the devil.
So I attended the concert with this look. I was in the mosh pit area and people called me a lot of things but I didn’t care and I was as free as my hair, and my makeup at that moment.
As for the show, despite all the political and religious protests that arose because this ball/tour, Lady Gaga as an artist showed especially yesterday, what she stood for: “a big giant statement of art liberation” every element of which further touched every part of her little monsters, every fabric of my identity.
First, the stage! It was truly frightening but glamorous. It was like a haunted house, but only that beautiful creatures lived on it. And I guess that’s the point of art: to make you scared at first and realize how beautiful and different it is at the end!
Of course, our Mother Monster in her Gaga clothes, makeup, music and performance! My goosebumps didn’t go away for 2 hours! This was truly beyond fashion, a song and a concert. While taking pictures using my left hand, i did put my paws up using the other during this part (that was difficult, but yes!!)
Her sleeves were enormous! And looked like a Filipiniana indeed with all the holes or windows.
This specific performance was very artistic and sentimental! She sang Hair and and I couldn’t forget this because this was when I really cried. I know right? But for people like us, who wouldn’t?
But most importanly, her speech moved me! Quoting Lady Gaga, “And to those of you that don’t feel free, take the best opportunity to free yourselves. I just feel like, you know, so many people have been protesting and it really doesn’t bother me truly because I know that there has to be change, but for all those kids all over the world that take their lives when they’re so young because they feel bullied or they’re afraid because they’re gay and they don’t want to tell anybody, don’t you think that some of us should stand up and say the godd**mn truth? It’s true. It’s not about the music, it’s not about, it’s not about anything, it’s not about my clothes, it’s not about having a hit record, it’s the fucking goddamn truth that people in the world need to be free of who they are and be proud and feel valuable no matter where they are.” (MTV)
Below was when she said “hi” to me with her monster fingers, and smiled. I was close to tears!!! (felt like I can die already haha)
And yes, she could fight like that! And she won last night. Furthermore, her dancers were far from ordinary.You may call them of deviant color, or gender but they comprised the whole thesis statement of acceptance, of not being afraid of who you are and of doing what you want to do no matter what.
The guy above is a Filipino! Gaga introduced her to the audience and looked too proud of him. She kept saying how she loved Filipinos, and Filipino gays, and gays in general. Thing is, her music went beyond pop and served as statements representing the “underdogs” of the society, the ones bullied, looked down upon. And as they say, that makes an art, truly art, with purpose and meaning.
Gaga said, “It’s in uniqueness that we are all the same”. True enough, through Lady Gaga’s spell, we were all equal in that arena. People didn’t mind “crazy” monster dancing, excessive makeup…or people who dressed up like I did. And well, that’s because we were born this way.
Truly one of the best days of my life! I just thank God for Gaga.