I’m not a huge Lady Gaga fan, but I do admire her courage. There are some who say it’s easy to be brave when you’re hella rich, but I’m not so sure — when you’re a memetic engineer working on memes about sex and freedom and what it means to be female in the 21st century, the waves of judgment and hatred and condemnation cannot be easy to surf, even when you’ve got a platoon of bodyguards and handlers and random sycophants to help catch and deflect the worst of it while reassuring you that you’re still perfectly fabulous.

None of which prevents Lady Gaga from running right out along the edge of the knife, and then dancing on the tip — and she does it as a matter of routine:

lady gaga nipple slip

Apparently the official outfit included, variously, some opaque pasties or the basque/corset thing she’s seen falling out of here. But one should generally assume that celebrity “accidents” of this sort are as carefully engineered as every other public moment.

Thanks to Violet Blue for finding the photo.

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