Lady Gaga addresses skeptics after controversial SXSW show

Lady Gaga speaks during the SXSW keynote address (Courtesy: SXSW)
Lady Gaga speaks during the SXSW keynote address (Courtesy: SXSW)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lady Gaga gave the keynote address on Friday at South by Southwest Music, after her Thursday night performance left many concert-goers “gagging.”

Right from the start Fuse’s John Norris’ led the interview asking Gaga what she thought about critic’s response to her show at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q which included a mechanical swine and bull, a lot of bondage and plenty of vomiting. Needles to say, people in the crowd were shocked.

“It’s interesting to see people debating whether or not my performance art was art after the show,” Gaga said. “I wanted to create a show that was perfect for Austin and went with the deeply rebellious spirit of Art Pop. It’s about freeing yourself from the expectations of the music industry and the status quo.”

She added the CEO of Frito-Lay approached her after the show in tears to congratulate her on a show well-done.

Gaga performed on the Born This Way night at the Dorito’s Bold Stage and skeptics questioned the corporate sponsorship. She told Norris and the SXSW crowd that all of the proceeds from the show were for her Born This Way Foundation, and whoever questioned their partnership didn’t understand the state of the music industry.

“I came to Austin to have an experience with my fans, and Doritos supports that to its core, they’re not putting chains on my neck. Without companies, coming to help us we won’t have any festivals or concerts because record labels don’t have any money,” Gaga said.

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