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Lady Gaga’s ‘Fame is Prison’ post is the perfect quote-tweet meme

Even Amanda Knox got in on the action.


Brenden Gallagher

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 25, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 12:35 am CDT

Neither fame nor Twitter is actually a prison, yet people have trouble escaping both.

Lady Gaga tweeted “Fame is prison” on Thursday evening, in typical Gaga “Fame Monster” dramatic fashion. The cryptic and vaguely existential message was perfect fodder for social media. Twitter users came together to partake of their two favorite pastimes: self-righteous posturing and humorous dunking on the rich.

Unsurprisingly, the internet was divided on the issue of whether to joke or scold. Credit goes to Gaga for creating a post that drew quote tweets from every corner of the social media landscape. Amanda Knox, who was wrongly imprisoned for murder from 2007-2011, had the most high-profile response: “I hear you, but…prison is prison.”

Predictably, there were those who made valid though extremely obvious political points.

Moments like this are special because they unite scolds from all over the political map.

And there were those who took the opportunity to joke about their own relative insignificance compared to the Star is Born chanteuse.

Even blogs can be self-deprecating.

Of course, there were those who lined up for easy shots at the pop star. After all, Twitter loves nothing more than someone who will stand up and type out the bold truth everyone pretty much agrees with.

Sometimes making the most obvious point imaginable yields thousands of likes. Beautiful.

At least one Gaga stan account was seriously concerned.

Finally, people referenced another news item that occurred on the same day in that tweet formation that isn’t quite a joke but makes you seem clever.

That’s when we knew it was over.

Will anything come of this? Probably not. Will Gaga apologize or offer some needlessly detailed but somehow still esoteric explanation? Maybe. Will we remember this in a week? Absolutely not.

Like fame, dunking on viral tweets is a prison of our own design. We could walk away at any time, but that would require logging off. And then we would miss the next viral tweet.


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*First Published: Oct 25, 2019, 2:43 pm CDT