First Kanye, now Gaga. The video-leak bug has apparently hit dance princess [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist], this time infecting the new clip for her latest single, "Paparazzi."
The nearly eight-minute mini-movie, featuring a murderous plotline that revolves around a doomed starlet who's hounded by photogs, oozed out online Thursday, seemingly before the fashion-forward diva was ready for it to debut.
How do we know Gaga didn't intend for the clip to get out yet? One clue is that she Tweeted, "Stop leaking my mother----ing videos," on Thursday while in Australia. The clip for the singer's new single was reportedly set to premiere on U.K. station Channel 4 on June 4.
Regardless, the video was hailed as an instant "masterpiece" by gushing fan Perez Hilton, who posted a link to the video on his site.
The 1940s romantic-epic-style video, directed by controversial video auteur Jonas Äkerlund (Madonna, Prodigy), proves once and for all that Gaga is a true original with a unique vision. It opens with the camera focusing on what appears to be an elegant seaside estate surrounded by roses and Greek statues. Seagulls cry in the background amid tinkling piano notes.
And then things get really weird.
Cut to Gaga in bed with Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård, best known in this country for playing Meekus in Ben Stiller's 2001 classic "Zoolander" and creepy vampire Eric Northman on HBO's "True Blood." Rolling around in bed, whispering sweet nothings in Swedish, surrounded by $100 bills with her face on them, Gaga makes out with Skarsgård for a bit, before he carries her out to the balcony for more action.
She quickly realizes he's set her up to be photographed by hidden paparazzi, and smashes his face with a champagne bottle. As she struggles to get away, he tosses her over the balcony, leaving her in a crumpled heap on the ground below as the paps snap pictures of her bloody body.
The next time we see her, she's being carried around by male dancers, wearing a bejeweled neck brace and tooling around in a tricked-out wheelchair. As the dancers gyrate around her, the singer strips off her black body suit and hobbles down a carpet on a pair of crutches wearing a metallic bustier and matching helmet. All the while, images of dead models flash on the screen, including one whose face is wrapped in plastic, one who appears to be hanging from a noose and another who is oozing gold-colored blood from her mouth.
When Gaga hits the line "Loving you is cherry pie," she is seen eagerly making out with a trio of hair metal rockers — seemingly a reference to Warrant's classic anthem "Cherry Pie." The entire clip is, of course, filled with Gaga's signature outrageous fashions, including one getup that's comprised of a series of filmstrips covering her naughty bits and a towering feathered Mohawk headdress.
Gaga gets her revenge in the end, poisoning her eye-patch-wearing boyfriend with a white powder concealed in a ring and regaining her fame after her arrest for the apparent murder. Wearing a tall, blond, corkscrew wig and barely-there black bustier, Gaga is arrested and hounded by the paps once again as the papers scream, "She's Back!!!" The clip ends with Gaga posing for mug shots like a fashion model while wearing a metallic dress.