NME names Born This Way Most Pretentious Album Ever. Homophobic much?


The NME – or New Musical Express, to give it its full name though there’s nothing ‘new’, very little ‘musical’ and hardly anything ‘express’ about it – is the music journal for men who don’t wash their jeans, masturbate over old Britney Spears videos and think the sun only shines when one of Oasis bend over.

They often do lists, because lists save journalists the trouble of writing features, having ideas or stringing actual sentences together. Those lists – Best British Albums Ever, Best Albums from Britain Ever, Albums: The Best of British Ever – are conspicuous by hardly ever featuring anything by women. You might get a PJ Harvey in there once in a while. Maybe a Kate Bush. At a stretch Dusty Springfield, but only ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ because it was in Pulp Fiction.

In their latest list, however, a woman has triumphed. Yes, in a world of pretentious albums, their number one is Born This Way by Gaga. Hooray! An album that simply says that whatever you are is OK (and that you should aspire to be as free as your hair) is pretentious? Oh, maybe we need to look that word up again.

We wouldn’t detect a whiff of the usual old rock-bastard homophobia in that, would we? Not only is Gaga the current gay spokesperson, but the album was much-lauded for its attempt to increase confidence in children getting bullied for being gay. How intolerably pretentious!

Gaga has responded by means of Twitter. And we salute her response. We’re doing it now, even in these tight trousers. It goes thusly:

‘Oh the irony of winning ‘Most Pretentious Album Ever’ from none other than NME. *eyeroll* I might laugh forever + return to narcissism.’

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9 comments to “NME names Born This Way Most Pretentious Album Ever. Homophobic much?”

  1. I literally couldn’t have put it better myself. And I do put things rather well.

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  2. For fuck’s sake. Think of all the pretentious albums – anything by PJ Harvey springs immediately to mind – and this is the best they can come up with. My try harder. Or else fuck off.

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  3. This article is pathetic and wrong. I’m gay and read NME and can manage to like Lady Gaga at the same time as rock music. Firstly if you took time to read some reviews of Lady Ga Ga in NME you will see they talk of her very very favorably and secondly to whip out the homophobia card when someone who’s not gay criticises your favorite album that tells the world you can be who you want to be you might want to have think first that it might not be the sentiment being criticised, but rather the fact that it really could be considered pretentious. I can think of several reasons. NME is not homophobic in any way and I think to suggest a publication is only read by a certain stereotype and is homphobic with no evidence to back it up is rather childish and ignorant. God it’s like we’re going backwards not forwards with twats like you writing these sorts of articles. Must we all sit in our gay bubble and believe all men who don’t wash their jeans and masturbate over Britney Spears is also homophobic?
    This kind of article is almost anti-straight or anti-progress. An idiot trying to accuse homophobia in cases when there’s none makes my blood boil.

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  4. You don’t think they have a point, Kinell? NME and Q and all those magazines are so straight-male-centric. Any list they do is headed by Oasis and the Beatles and women never get a look in. The only time a woman gets high up it’s when it’s a negative list. That album is so not pretentious, which beggars the question why they included it. Homophobic maybe not. Misogynistic then?

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  5. I’m not one to find homophobia in a hanky, but I do find it’s a little close to the bone saying an album which so famously is about celebrating being who you are – in particular young gay kids who are facing a lot of hatred, and for whom Lady Gaga is a huge advocate – is ‘pretentious’. So yes, I do find the NME homophobic in light of this.
    Can you imagine the NME saying an album about black rights is pretentious? It wouldn’t dare.

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  6. How to upset a load of gays? Bad mouth GaGa clearly. Accept it’s all hype and move on.

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  7. I’m not upset, I just think the NME is lame and irrelevant now. And this incident is the best press they’ve had in yonks. That’s what’s great about magazines doing lists. It’s a check list of ‘who can we offend/flatter/etc so that they talk about us’.
    I’m not so fragile that I take a Gaga insult personally. Jeez, I’m not a Kylie fan!

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  8. I just thought it was distinctly average. I’ll wait for the next album, and if that it equally underwhelming I’ll be ignoring the rest of her career.

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  9. I may be a few months late in reading this , but I think it’s more shit than pretentious .

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