Lady Gaga can't seem to catch a break lately when it comes to petty digs and out-of-proportion freakouts. First she had Madonna doing her ropy-armed best to send the musical message that MADGE CAME FIRST, DAMMIT, and now Thailand has their collective undies in a twist over a single tweet that Gaga sent a week ago.
What was this contentious Twitter missive that managed to offend Thailand's Commerce Ministry to the point where an official spoke out against her? Did she dredge up some awful stereotype or announce her distaste for Tom Kha Kai?
Nope. She tweeted about wanting to buy a knock-off Rolex. OH, THE HORROR!
Gaga was in Thailand last week for what ended up being a sell-out concert that attracted 50,000 fans, and shortly after her private jet arrived Wednesday night, she posted the following:
The assumption is that she was referring to the popular outdoor Ladies Market in Hong Kong, where there are in fact plenty of high-end knockoffs to be found.
Her comment angered some fans, who said she had insulted their country—and the tweet didn't sit well with an official from the Thailand Ministry's Intellectual Property Department either:
Lady Gaga is a representative of the U.S. and the U.S. puts pressure on smaller countries to promote the protection of intellectual property. She should tell her fans that they shouldn't use fake goods.
Personally, I think the reaction is pretty ridiculous. I've been to Thailand and Hong Kong, and I've got the fake Ferragamo bag to prove it. The ripoff designer goods are hardly the most intriguing things those areas have to offer, but it's pretty silly to deny they exist. I can understand that Thailand would have been happier if she'd tweeted about the jaw-dropping beaches or amazing fine dining, but she's an actual person with her own interests, not a tourism 'bot.
Besides, if Lady Gaga is considered a representative of the U.S., I have more concerns than a tweet about Rolexes. HEY THAILAND WE DON'T ALL WEAR MEAT DRESSES OKAY?
What do you think about the Rolex uproar? Is the controversy legit?
Image via LadyGaga.com