India.Arie Says Gaga, Beyonce ‘Telephone’ Video ‘Went Too Far’
Neo-soul singer India.Arie is not a fan of Lady Gaga and Beyonce's 'Telephone' music video, and decided to share her thoughts via her Twitter. Although Arie, acknowledged that she understands Gaga's avant-garde style, she feels the video, is a little too far out for her taste.
"Don't be offended, this is all MY opinion ... Am I the only one who thinks the 'telephone' video is going a bit too far?" she pondered. "I'm not referring to the abstract nature of the video ... I'm talking about the IMAGERY -- the unspoken back story, the language the message. I agree Gaga is being her image. I dig her creative mind But still ... [There's] a such thing as socially irresponsible. I'm just sayin."
Gaga, recently explained the video's content and underlining meanings. "There's certainly always a hidden message in my music videos. But I would say most predominately, I'm always trying to convolute everyone's idea of what a pop music video should be," she said in an interview.
In the 9-minute clip Gaga and Beyonce pay homage to director Quentin Tarantino's films, 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill,' playing two femme fatales that kill guests in a diner before running away together in their "P---- Wagon." According to Arie, the video, which includes a scant wardrobe and sexual undertones, is unappealing. "I don't live under a rock and I get that a lot of work put into it. I'm talking social responsibility. There's an artist ever 10 years who pushes the envelope ... but its bout to fall off the table. When is it too far? I respect the creative mind but disagree with the 'choices' as a dish meant to be served for mass consumption."
Produced by Rodney Jerkins, 'Telephone' was released on Gaga's second album 'The Fame Monster' a follow-up to her multi-platinum debut 'The Fame.'