Watch it, below.
"The manifesto of Mother Monster?" What's going on in this seven-minute video? Here's what Surge Desk has uncovered.
In the space age-y opening voice-over, Lady Gaga intones, "On GOAT, a government owned alien territory in space, a birth of magnificent and magical proportions took place. But the birth was not finite. It was infinite."
We see kaleidoscope images -- just on the tasteful side of safe for work -- showing birth. Gaga, we learned, gave birth to a good race, one "that doesn't bear any prejudices." But evil was also born, and Gaga says that she cannot protect the good without allowing some evil in the world.
After Mother Monster's manifesto has completed, the song begins, and we see a more straightforward, but still sci-fi-inspired, music video.
The mythology of the "good" race without prejudice aligns with the lyrics of "Born This Way," which is a celebration of accepting who you are; in particular, the song is about embracing gay rights. The "evil" race, then, would represent those who are intolerant.
According to MTV, the video is "part fantasy, part hopeful reality. It's about the future and the past ... but really, all of that pales in comparison to the sheer spectacle of the thing."
Rolling Stone points out that the video seems to embrace the song's similarities to Madonna's "Express Yourself." Both videos, according to Rolling Stone, make use of "imagery derived from Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis."
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