One of the most curiously entertaining pastimes in the world of pop culture these days is listening to -- and occasionally engaging in -- the endless debate over whether Lady GaGa is a pioneering genius or a derivative hack (or perhaps a genius precisely because she is nothing more than a derivative hack).
Regardless, she's brought a kind of visual flair back to music performance and the medium of the music video that's been sorely missing for years -- and for that I give her credit. I said this last year, when I called Bad Romance one of the best singles of 2009: Love her or hate her, you can't deny her as a cultural force.
Case in point: Her new video, for Alejandro, was released just yesterday and in that time it's gotten almost three-and-a-half million views on YouTube. Katy Perry's already labeled it "blasphemous" and, at the very least, I think it can be said that GaGa pulls off "inexplicably sexy" better than just about anyone.
So is it brilliant, ridiculous, or not even worth raising an eyebrow over? Well, you decide.
Here's Lady GaGa's not-at-all-homoerotic new video -- Alejandro.