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The Meat Dress

Almost everyone is familiar with Lady Gaga’s meat dress. A dress made of raw strips of meat which Lady Gaga adorned at the 2009 VMAs. The Meat Dress was met with a multitude of reactions. Why? How? Did we already say why? The Meat Dress became controversional the second it stepped out onto the red carpet, especially by animal rights groups like PETA. But why did Gaga wear the meat dress? Well I’m here to explain it to you today.

The Meat Dress itself was a protest to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a policy Gaga very much opposed. Along with said meat dress, Gaga was accompanied by 4 US servicemen who had been discharged from military service because of their sexuality. Gaga later said, “If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights[,] pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.” and “We decided to do the meat dress because I thought to myself, ‘If you are willing to die for your country, what does it matter how you identify?’ ”

After the dress made it’s red carpet debut, it was turned into beef jerk so it could continue to go on display and be preserved. It is currently on display at the Haus of Gaga museum in Las Vegas.

But why do we still care about the meat dress? It happened almost 13 years ago, why is it still so well preserved in our minds? Well for starters, it happened when Gaga was hitting the height of her career. Bad Romance was a number one hit single, and that night in the meat dress is when she also announced the title of her soon to be record breaking album Born this Way. There is also just no other comparable pop culture moment in the same league as it. The meat dress is and always will be, infamous.


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