After watching this video, I've had friends tell me that the concepts are hard to grasp, and the macabre themes running through the piece are confusing. I must really be a Gaga fan, because I had no problem picking out the ideas that Mother Monster & the Haus were purporting. Life, acceptance, death & rebirth, good & evil; all these subjects are topics of discussion in the new music video from Lady Gaga for her record, "Born This Way." And all of these subjects are of the highest importance as we transition into a new age of artistic & aesthetic consciousness.
It is clear that Gaga is making a point of explaining how humanity, in it's triumphs and failures, has bred a new class of homo sapiens, and how she has no problem being a standard bearer for that class. The alien make-up schemes & cosmic backdrops imply the god-like status of those who refuse to fit in and love themselves; it's far more difficult to appreciate yourself if your body claims what society would consider "oddities," so the hornlike protrusions on the shoulders or face of Gaga and her dancers, as well has the human anatomy make-up are clearly not meant to frighten, but to fight the xenophobic & judgmental mind state of the people around us. I would've liked to have seen more choreographic interpretations of the lyrical content, since the song itself is very up front in nature, but I loved Gaga's solo shots where she's evoking the freestyle body movement of people like Madonna & Michael Jackson; it's evident that she uses them as an inspiration, and this video proves that without taking away from their brilliance.
From all points of view, I dug this video. It's definitely alot to swallow as a viewer, but if you get past the boldness of it, you can really sense that Lady Gaga is tapping into the collective consciousness and working at being a spokesperson for the New Renaissance. In her own glitter-filled, leather clad, metallic-studded way, of course.