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Jack White Says Lady Gaga's Image Is "All Artifice" with "No Meaning"; Complains About Press Response

Image courtesy of Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

Jack White has a bone to pick with British music magazine, NME .  In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, the ex- White Stripes frontman voiced his frustration at the magazine’s interpretation of a quote about pop superstar Lady Gaga from his recent interview with Esquire U.K.

In the original Esquire article , which will be featured in the January issue of the magazine, White is quoted as saying, “I don’t think [Lady Gaga] lives it because it’s all artifice. It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite. It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want.”  NME.com then reported that White “criticized Lady Gaga by claiming that her music is ‘all image with no meaning behind it,’” while the singer says that the statement was taken out of context.

“I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way,” said White the statement. “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. “ 

White adds that the press should be “held accountable for what they say” and that “tabloid drama” affects an artist’s ability to express their opinions in the media. The singer also notes that he respects Gaga for her social activism. “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,” he writes.

In other Jack White news, the singer will be featured in an upcoming episode of the long-running PBS series Austin City Limits. White will play a one-hour set during his appearance, which airs on January 5. Visit ACLTV.com for more information.

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