Unlike millions of people, Lady Gaga has not watched 13-year-old Rebecca Black’s much-criticized “Friday” video, but that didn’t stop the superstar from defending the teen’s efforts. When asked Tuesday whether the fame teens and children attract from YouTube is good or bad, Lady Gaga declared it’s “fantastic” and then unleashed choice words aimed at nasty critics.
“I say Rebecca Black is a genius and that anybody telling her she’s cheesy is full of sh*t,” said Lady Gaga during the Q&A portion of “Google Goes Gaga.” View this part of the video starting at the 48:00 mark. Prior to the live interview at the company’s headquarters in California, Lady Gaga promoted Google Moderator, a tool her fans used to submit questions via text or video on the musician’s YouTube channel and subsequently vote for the best ones.
Google executive Marissa Mayer kick-started the event by showing a clip of Lady Gaga’s online highlights through the lens of Google tools such as Translate, Image, Video and Search. “At Google, we’ve seen Gaga build her career by embracing technology … as well as constantly innovating for her fans,” Mayer said before introducing “Mother Monster” to online viewers and the crowd of Google employees, some of which were dressed in costume.
The 25-year-old is no stranger to success in the web and technology industries so it’s fitting Google latched onto her momentum to promote Google Moderator: She was the first first artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube; she beat President Barack Obama to 10 million Facebook fans; Vogue released a Lady Gaga-focused iPad-only magazine app; and she became creative director at Polaroid.
Watch the full event in the video below to discover why her tweets sometimes irk her security guards, what inspired the songs on her forthcoming album due out May 23 and how she feels about radio stations in Malaysia editing out LGBT-inspired lyrics in her latest chart-topping single, “Born this Way.”