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Lady Gaga and her fuax-rifle brazier made their way ont OMG! Insider.

Lady Gaga and her fuax-rifle brazier made their way ont OMG! Insider.

OMG! Insider ‘correspondent’ Keltie Colleen has recently posted a response video to Lady Gaga’s assault-rifle brazier, suggesting that Lady Gaga is a hypocrite for taking on the role of an advocate for youths and then wearing a brazier that featured assault rifles protruding from the nipples.  Colleen’s reason for making this suggestion?  She felt that putting on such a display a month after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was in bad taste.  My question for Colleen: Why have you not raised issues with violence in art after children in the Middle East were killed due to violence with guns?  Or for that matter, why not raise such issues when Black children in the US are killed as the result of gun violence?

The Sandy Brook tragedy was used by a OMG! Insider 'correspondent' to contexualise Lady Gaga's latest fashion accessories.

The Sandy Hook tragedy was used by a OMG! Insider ‘correspondent’ to contextualize Lady Gaga’s latest fashion accessories.

In 2008 and 2009, nearly 6000 children and teens died as a result of gun violence, and nearly half of them were Black: a disproportionate amount, considering Blacks make up less than 13% of the American population.  For more details on that, check out the following link:

http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/03/thousands_of_young_black_men_die_in_gun_crimes_every_year.html

Trayvon Martin was one of thousands of Black youths to die due to gun violence, yet was one of few Black victims who garnered national media attention.

Trayvon Martin was one of thousands of Black youths to die due to gun violence, yet was one of few Black victims who garnered national media attention.

The same happened after Columbine.  A school where a number of white children are killed sparks panic across the country, but when a an inner city school also sees several Black children die of gun violence throughout the year, hardly any notice is taken.  In Iraq and Afghanistan, over 65 000 children have reportedly been killed by coalition forces since war began in those countries.  I take this information from the following website:  http://toobbox.com/blog/child-death-toll-of-iraq-and-afghanistan/  And that does not include the children killed by insurgents.  A score of children are killed in an American school and the press coverage seems unending, but deaths reaching into the tens of thousands in the Middle East don’t even register on major news sites. I have yet to see mention of this issue on OMG! Insider.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi children have died during the course of the Iraq war, but few get the press that the children of Sandy Brook received.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi children have died during the course of the Iraq war, but few get the press that the children of Sandy Brook received.

In the end, the issue here isn’t media coverage of children’s deaths, and how the deaths of children of colour get far less press than the deaths of white children (though that is an important matter to discuss), but more a question of artistic licence.  Does a school shooting usurp the artistic licence of artists around the world until a certain time has passed?  Quentin Tarantino has, on at least two occasions since the opening of his film ‘Django Unchained,’ been asked how he felt about releasing a film with so much violence shortly after the shooting as Sandy Hook.  The question is unfair, not only because films like Jack Reacher, Texaschain Saw 3D and Gangster Squad all have at least as much, and in some cases more violence than does Tarantino’s film and have not been called out for their violent content, but also because the release date of Tarantino’s film was decided long before the shootings at Sandy Brook took place.  Coupled with that, the violence in the film was in no way similar to the violence that took place at Sandy Hook.  There is a big difference between a lone gunman going around randomly killing innocent children, and a Black slave killing the people who have enslaved and tortured him and his wife.  The two acts are so drastically different that asking a question that compares the two shows either complete ignorance of the person asking the question, or the fact that they are so insensitive to the tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook that they have no problem bringing it up for the sake of sensationalism, which means in turn that they, not the artist, are the one disrespecting the memory of the victims of the tragedy.

The violence that take place in the film Django Unchained  cannot fairly be compared to tragedies such as the Sandy Brook shooting.

The violence that take place in the film Django Unchained cannot fairly be compared to tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting.

But in fairness to Colleen, she was no comparing Tarantino’s film to the shooting, but rather Lady Gaga’s bra to the shooting.  Before making such a comparison, one might ask: What is the purpose of this juxtaposition?  Is it a commentary on how sex and violence are interwoven in society?  Is it suggesting that women who dress provocatively need to arm themselves as some men take such dress as an invitation to do whatever they might be inclined to do sexually with or without the consent of the person wearing the revealing clothing?  Or maybe Colleen might want to ask: Does this costume have anything at all to do with the Sandy Hook shootings whatsoever?  If the answer to that last question is a resounding no, as is should be, then one might draw the conclusion that Colleen is simply sensationalizing the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Brook to generate traffic for her website, in which case I would say Colleen is the person who is morally reprehensible.  The fact that Colleen goes onto bring up how Lady Gaga got into a Twitter exchange with the Osbourne clan (Sharon and Kelly) for Kelly Osbourne’s role critiquing how others look on the red carpet just adds to the fact that Colleen is simply trying to drag in trending news stories to increase her traffic.  Kelly Osbourne, who herself was ridiculed by the media for her weight issues (I think she was more attractive when she has some curves on her, but hey, she should do whatever makes her comfortable with her body) has gone on to lose weight and jump into the role of cyber bully by making fun of how other people look.  It is a pathetic job, and it is even more pathetic that people tune in to watch, but Lady Gaga has used her celebrity to step up and denounce such behaviour as bullying (which it is).  In other words, she called a spade a spade.  Colleen of course suggested that Gaga was being a hypocrite for at once denouncing bullying and then putting faux assault rifles on her brazier, but how this made her a hypocrite Colleen failed to say.  Gaga’s outfit was in no way condoning bullying, or violence against children, so Colleen has simply illustrated that she will say anything to generate traffic, even if it means pissing on the memories of the victims of the tragedy that happened at Sandy Brook, while simultaneously ignoring deaths that are no less tragic that happen in the Middle East and to young Blacks in America.

Kelly Osbourne, once criticized for her weight, as she more than a few pounds and not has a jump criticizing how others look.

Kelly Osbourne, once criticized for her weight, has lost more than a few pounds and now is criticizing how others look.

Keltie Colleen is a beautiful woman, and I’m sure her looks have gotten her farther than her brains have, judging from her comments, but if she is going to continue to exploit tragedies such as the Sandy Brook shooting in order to generate sensationalism, then I’m sure she will not be finding a Pulitzer’s anywhere in her future, and likely will not even last long as a ‘correspondent’ for OMG! Insider.     Feel free to watch the video and decide on its merits yourself:

http://ca.omg.yahoo.com/video/lady-gaga-controversial-assault-rifle-195804693.html

Keltie Colleen, self-proclaimed "pop culture impresario" seems to sensationalizing the Sandy Brook tragedy but juxtaposing it with a artistic fashion statement.

Keltie Colleen, self-proclaimed “pop culture impresario” seems to sensationalizing the Sandy Hook tragedy but juxtaposing it with a artistic fashion statement.

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Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.

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