by Bill Forman
First, he made pre-emptive amends with Lady Gaga and her fans for an alleged cover story misquote in British Esquire.
Then he got word that he’s been nominated for three Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year award.
You can find ALL of last night’s Grammy nominations here. So let’s just move on the Gaga incident.
Here’s the full text of White's statement:
“I'd like to address the recent tabloidesque drama baiting by the press in regards to Lady Gaga. I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as "cool" or "weird" quickly and dispose of it. I don't like my comments about Lady Gaga's presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you're going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote. maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task, but I'll just use the internet and twitter instead. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don't stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises. Peace to lady gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it's given to help create change.
Jack White III
Of course, whatever White may or may not have actually said about Lady Gaga, it surely pales in comparison to the insanely unflattering portrayal of her in the mid-October "Fatty Boom Boom" video released by South African rave-hop duo Die Antwoord.
A word of warning for those with delicate sensibilities, the video below is surreal, outrageous, and likely to offend just about anyone.
It’s also brilliant, as is the response video Die Antwoord did in the wake of the controversy. Both are embedded below.