No one will probably need an introduction to Lady Gaga: she is a world-famous, award-winning, iconic singer and actress, who recently blew everyone away with her performance in A Star Is Born, her acting debut.
I am just going to list some of her accomplishments: Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, has so far won nine Grammy Awards, an Oscar, a BAFTA Award, three Brit Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, and the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award. And I repeat, those are just some of her accomplishments, not to get into how many albums she’s sold or how well-listened her songs are.
Yes, she is a very accomplished artist, but as most people know, success often comes with a lot of hardships, and in her case, one of these hardships were people who somehow took it as a personal affront that she wanted to become famous and took it upon themselves to let her know she would never become so…
Apparently, back when Gaga was in college at New York University, her peers had created and joined a Facebook group titled, “Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous.”
Ah, the sweet, sweet irony…
This group was brought to attention in 2016 when a former NYU student by the name of Lauren Bohn, shared a Facebook post talking about it:
“When I was a freshman at NYU and Facebook was only a year old and people created/joined groups like “I have dimples, f*** me” and “Fake ID, please!,” I remember coming across a Facebook group that broke my heart. It’s name: “Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous,” Bohn begins her post, adding that the page had several pictures of a young Gaga singing and playing the piano at local bars which the members of the group would insult and try to put down.
“The group was peppered with comments, sharp as porcupine needles, vilifying the aspiring musician for being an “attention-whore.” Scores asked: “Who does she think she is?” Bohn continues in her post. “I also remember one dude posting a flyer for one of her upcoming gigs at a local village bar. He had clearly stomped on the flyer, an outline of his muddy sole [soul] struggling to eclipse her name.”
Bohn shares that she forgot about the group, and only remembered it when as she was reading an article on Lady Gaga five years after that, which stated her real name. That’s when it clicked for her: That Stefani Germanotta who had been the butt of so many jokes and insults from truly awful people is the very one who’s now on TV everywhere, who has best-selling albums, who has New York Magazine profiles written about her, and who managed to prove every single one of those bullies wrong!
Can’t help but be filled with a sense of pride over the situation, right?
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