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17 September 2010

She has worn a lobster on her head and sunglasses framed by cigarettes. She has played the piano in an outfit of bubbles and walked the red carpet in a get-up of stitched-together Kermit frogs.

There was the flower dress, the nude bodice, the skirt made of hair, the outside-her-clothes underwear . . . After all this you might have thought there was little else Lady Gaga could do to shock and appal.

But you’d be wrong. The 24-year-old pop star proved she has real chops when it comes to the outrageous at the recent MTV Video Music Awards.

She arrived looking normal enough in a black number by late designer Alexander McQueen, then changed into a weighty Armani renaissance gown.

But her third outfit looked as if she’d nipped out the back of Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre and raided a butcher’s cold-storage room.

It was made entirely of slabs of raw meat, complete with raw-meat shoes, raw-meat handbag and raw-meat hat.

Gaga drew gasps when she went on stage to collect the award for Video of the Year – and it really was her night in the award stakes.

She won 13 gongs, the most taken home by any artist in 23 years, although her fashion statement all but overshadowed this record.

Gaga was delighted to see Cher, whom she has long idolised and emulated.

“I never thought I’d ask Cher to hold my meat purse,” she told the audience tearfully.

Speculation abounded after the VMAs whether the dress was made of real meat or not. Gaga says it was, as does Franc Fernandez, the designer who dug deep to create it for her.

So what was the reasoning behind the get-up that could? Was she just doing it to be noticed? Yes, some critics say. That’s what she’s all about.

Predictably, animal rights activists are enraged. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) issued a statement that declared the dress disrespectful of animals and unhygienic.

But Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres after the show she was making a statement with her dress.

She’d been escorted into the theatre by members of the US military who’d been discharged from the service because of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy towards gay men.

“It’s devastating to think my fans who are gay feel like they have governmental oppression on them. That’s actually why I wore the meat tonight.”

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