Lady Gaga sucks up her sickness and talks freak flags and fashion on “Oprah”

Fan of the daytime talk show goddess and guru Oprah have had heavy hearts since the announcement that she has entered the last year of her broadcast. The only possible silver lining to this tragedy, however, is that her final chapter will likely be wild and wonderful. Last Friday’s live interview with Lady Gaga was perfect proof of this.

Though she collapsed from dehydration and exhaustion the day before, forcing her to cancel an Indiana show last minute, Gaga, as she prefers to be called, rallied for Friday’s live Oprah Show appearing fairly perky and poised in a scarily spiky hairdo and one-shouldered frock.

After lamenting that, post-Avatar, Gaga can no longer be edgy painting herself blue, Oprah inquires about her outrageous outfits. Gaga replies that her outrageousness is not for shock value, and always carries a message with it. The red Alexander McQueen outfit that she wore at the MTV Awards symbolized Princess Di’s death by paparazzi and the Kermit the Frog bedecked dress was a statement on not wearing fur. The dress that she wore to meet the Queen was an homage to Elizabeth I, though done in latex, Gaga style.

“The inspiration comes naturally, but I put a lot of time and effort into everything I do to the point that I do nothing else,” Gaga told Oprah. “I wake up in the morning and I basically call the Haus of Gaga all day and argue with them about what I want to do while they tell me, ‘You can’t do that; you can’t bleed to death on domestic television.’”

Yet she does.

The outrageousness of Gaga is mirrored by her dedicated fans, many of whom wore sequined caps and capes, oversized glasses and other flamboyant plumage as they sat politely in the Harpo Productions Studio.

They go on to talk about the early years of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Gaga’s given name. Raised in a wealthy Catholic New York family, Gaga went to school with Paris Hilton and studied classical piano from a young age. Her parents thought she may have gone crazy when they saw her first performances but have remained supportive nonetheless.

The best parts of the show, however, were the gritty live performance and the intimate peek backstage. Gaga gives a tour through her stripper shoes and handmade disco bras and then leads the dancers and crew in a pre-show prayer. It seems appropriate considering the risks she takes on stage. The Oprah performance is no different. A medley of “Monster” and “Bad Romance” you can hear a bit of the strain in Gaga’s voice as she elegantly maneuvers through a rough urban landscape, ending up propped on a graffiti-colored taxi looking like a beautifully tough, spiny sea sponge.

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