The fans + music scholars are the best critics because they know the artist intimately. #STOPHarassingTheArtist we are here to entertain you— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 11, 2013Well, OK, but this music scholar and blogger says you can't have it both ways. You can't represent all of culture and then turn around and say, I'm just here to entertain you. That's not what culture is. To be fair, that tweet came in a flurry of messages defending Katy Perry, telling her to ignore the blogging critics. Perry can say she's just here to entertain. Despite the activism she may be involved in, she's exhibited few pretensions to anything greater as an artist. Other artists have been able to successfully act like scoundrels, playing on their own hypocrisy and self-aggrandizement and get away with it. Some have even made a career out of it. ( Cough, cough -- sorry, I've got a little Yeezy caught in my throat.) But Lady Gaga represents something very personal to her Little Monsters. They need to her be both larger than life and painfully real. She isn't just their star, she's their avatar. Maybe they'll forgive her if she is dishonest with them or promises them something she can't deliver. Maybe not. -- Written by Carlton Wilkinson in Asbury Park, N.J. Follow @CarltonTSC
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