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For Her Born This Way Ball, Lady Gaga Stole From Leni Riefenstahl

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For Her Born This Way Ball, Lady Gaga Stole From Leni Riefenstahl

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Lady Gaga’s inspiration well runs so deep that it was only a matter of time before she tapped the Third Reich for ideas. Earlier today, she tweeted a monochrome sketch that teases at least one of the stage setups for her Monster’s Ball sequel, tentatively called The Born This Way Ball. We analyzed the drawing, and our mind and hearts kept drifting back to filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s hypnotic and deeply disturbing paen to the National Socialist Party, Triumph of the Will.

We’re kidding, of course. We don’t actually think that Lady Gaga borrowed ideas and imagery from a Nazi propaganda movie, but the similarities are there. The faceless crowd reminds us of of those giant rallies where the Germans in Riefenstahl’s movie gathered to permanently stain their collective history. Then there’s the overt religious imagery, a major theme in Will, and the immense architectural scale of that castle. You know who was a fan of immense architecture, don’t you?

But what’s most interesting is that in her review of W.E., Madonna’s new movie about alleged Nazi sympathizers Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, Variety‘s Leslie Felperin points out that Madonna weirdly thanked Riefenstahl in the film’s credits. And since it wouldn’t be the first time Lady Gaga has been accused of copying Madonna, this is all beginning to make horrible, horrible sense. Should be a good show!