My hope was that I’d never have to address the legitimacy or even the existence of “Angela Cheng.” But I got a call today from a BuzzFeed editor who led me to believe that they were moving ahead with a story about “Cheng” that included me, with or without my participation. I always refrained from…
A must read on the music industry rumor mill, from someone who has most definitely heard a lot of it. I can say from working for the man that Bill Werde is terrifying in the best sense of the word. If Angela Cheng were a real person (which I am now certain she is not), I would not want to be in her shoes.
Sidenote: here is the weak-ass BuzzFeed "story" Werde references.
This is bonkers and it’s also just straight up annoying because it means people with legit critiques of Gaga’s work, persona, actions, statements, and business practices end up getting lumped in with these goofballs and dismissed as part of the stan culture thing, something we’ve really never understood.
Maybe the most annoying part is that these “journalists” are basically operating under the same kind of postmodern-taken-to-stupid-extremes ontological framework as Gaga.
Also possible that it’s basically just traffic-bait not motivated by any genuine interest in or animus toward Gaga or serious convictions but just wanting to get eyeballs on the page, in which case, well okay we get it, the media jobs landscape is bleak these days…