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Posted at 1:10 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Poll: With her new video, has Lady Gaga reached the overexposure tipping point?

By Allison Stewart

Earlier today, Lady Gaga released the first of a reported two videos for her new single, "Born This Way." A seven minutes-plus, Fritz Lang-meets-Ridley Scott extravaganza of dancing, singing, and ponderous dystopian philosophizing, "Born This Way" confirms something we had recently been fearing: Gaga is trying way too hard.

Compare Gaga, who has been everywhere lately flogging her new disc (which isn't even out until May!), with her singles chart rival Britney Spears, who put the barest amount of effort into her new video, almost never does interviews and generally appears to have been replaced by a not-particularly lifelike hologram sometime in 2008. Say what you will about Britney, she would never film a video that included shots of a two-headed, albumen-covered Baby Britney emerging from her own uterus while a voiceover discussed the mitosis of the universe. Reader, she just wouldn't.

By Allison Stewart  | February 28, 2011; 1:10 PM ET
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Comments

Brilliance is always the result of someone "trying too hard". When people take risks, sometimes they will fail, sometimes they will succeed, and sometimes they will make something genius.

The fact that Britney would NEVER do this kind of video is why I like Gaga. First of all, Brit doesn't have any imput into her videos. The only thing Brit tries to accomplish in her videos is trying to look pretty. She doesn't tell a story, she doesn't take risks. I am highly entertained by Gaga's fearlessness.

Posted by: chandler02 | February 28, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Lady Gaga is such an important ambassador for gay and Orient people. As a gay person, I’m so thankful she liberated me and found a neat way to use gay Holocaust symbols, zany Ke$ha unicorns, and ripped-off Marco Brambilla all in one ugly-means beautiful-beause-it's-conceptual-getit? music video.

Posted by: orwell2 | March 1, 2011 12:31 AM | Report abuse

First of all, why is the author comparing Lady Gaga to Britney Spears???
That was the first mistake, in my opinion. LG is a thing of her own, and she really can't be compared. Just accept her as she is! I think she's brilliant and brave to step outside the norm. She stands up for so many positive things and gives so many different people someone to look up to!

Posted by: sexymamma | March 1, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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