Lady Gaga continues with a self-imposed media boycott that she announced last March while taping a show for Oprah Winfrey but that doesn't mean she's not in the news. There are at least three items on the Fame Monster gaining media attention this week.
First, most critics are trashing Lindsay Lohan's performance in 'Liz and Dick', the biopic for TV on the turbulent relationship between acting icons Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, but Gaga, who is a friend of Lohan's, loved it. "You did a beautiful job on 'Liz & Dick', Let no one bring u down," she tweeted. "Liz didn't, they always try to knock the greats down a few pegs (sic)".
'Born This Way' in South Africa
Next in the news department for Gaga is that her 'Born This Way' tour, fresh from dates in Chile, Peru and Paraguay, flew into South Africa Tuesday night and fans showed up in droves at the airport. She'll play Johannesburg on Friday night, Nov. 30. While the airport was jammed packed with adoring fans, many didn't get to see her because airport officials decided there were too many for her to safely walk through the terminal.
But those that did get to see Lady Gaga were thrilled and iafrica.com wrote of a 24-year-old fan, Bornman de Villiers, who actually sat on the ground and wept profusely after catching a glimpse of her. "I can't believe it happened, I saw my idol. I've waited a long time to see her, it's the best feeling in the world," de Villiers said amidst the tears.
Lady Gaga: Best Loved Eccentric
And finally, Lady Gaga is the world's best loved eccentric, at least a poll conducted by a granola bar company, Nature Valley, a division of General Mills foods, found that to be the case. The U.K. division of the company says it conducted a survey of 2,000 people in the U.K. on who was the world's best loved eccentric as part of a promotion.
The second place finisher, London's mayor, Boris Johnson, reflected the heavy bias toward U.K. personalities that made Gaga's victory all the more impressive. Third was odd-rocker Ozzie Osbourne, from Black Sabbath, and fourth was Prince Phillip. The survey was a strong indicator that David Bowie is no longer a large figure on the world's stage, the original glam rocker only made it to the 18th spot.
Lady Gaga's win is hardly shocking given her endless costume changes and the extravagance of those costumes. Another example of her eccentricity? Her recent experiment recording vocal tracks in the nude. The eccentric designation won't be a surprise to her parents as when Gaga made her appearance on Oprah's OWN network, her mom told Oprah that as their daughter's stage act began to unfold "Her father and I were like, 'I think she has a screw loose.'"