Lady Gaga Just Revealed The Hidden Meaning Behind 'Shallow' And It's A Commentary On Our Modern World
Lady Gaga is riding high, as A Star is Born has brought her new fame and accolades. A song she wrote for the film, "Shallow" has been winning awards left and right, and doing its best to get stuck in your head.
The song is a powerful anthem to the connection the characters in the film feel for each other. The absolutely powerful build up to the chorus seems to explode in your ears. It seems like the perfect song for a movie about rising and falling stars.
Were you aware it's apparently about cell phones?
After the Academy Awards, where the song picked up an Oscar for Best Original Song, and Gaga and Bradley Cooper really did a terrible job convincing the world they totally aren't a thing, Lady Gaga talked to reporters backstage.
"I really believe in my heart that the unfortunate truth is that our cell phones are becoming reality. It's become reality for the world.
"And in this song, we provide not just a conversation, but also a very poignant statement: I wish not to be in the shallow, but I am. I wish to dive off the deep end, but watch me do it."
Not going to lie, it feels like some of the song's power has been taken away.
Did gaga just say Shallow is about cell phones????? No thank you— Bonas Jrothers (@Bonas Jrothers)1551150427.0
Okay 🙃https://t.co/DvxlxrwHIo— Victoria Albanesi (@Victoria Albanesi)1551222068.0
Anybody liked the song “shallow?” Obviously I’ve never heard of it but the performance “broke the internet!” https://t.co/LTL1ez9sK9— Matthew Ferreira | MassachusettsWx (@Matthew Ferreira | MassachusettsWx)1551144614.0
@david_rebelato @MassachusettsWx what if shallow was the meaning of life instead of 43🤔— Nick Holman (@Nick Holman)1551364380.0
Art is an incredibly subjective experience, so I could be wrong here, but the song's lyrics and position in the film speak more to a duet about two people taking a metaphorical dive together.
While it's not impossible to see the interpretation Gaga suggested, it's also less powerful. Trying to convince people this powerful anthem is the embodiment of the "old man yells at cloud" meme, especially when that's not really a point seen in the film, just feels wrong.
That said, it's the more valid interpretation, seeing as it was said by one of the song's writers. And it's not like her comments have hurt it at all.
People still really vibe with what they feel the song means.
This song used to annoy the hell outta me...but after actually watching the movie and listening to the words...I fu… https://t.co/mvsDIXQcE9— Nick (@Nick)1551107139.0
'Sorry but not sorry I'm over Lady Gaga's song shallow. It's been over played and I'm a little annoyed. Yes the mea… https://t.co/KZ2GWbPS92— 'Angela♡ (@'Angela♡)1551246880.0
I now know all the lyrics and inner meaning of the song Shallow from a Star is Born— Fernie (@Fernie)1551346443.0
@rosannna5 We listened to it 47 times— Fernie (@Fernie)1551381878.0
"Shallow" has won multiple awards. In addition to the Oscar previously mentioned, it won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, a Critic's Choice Movie Award for Best Song, and a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media, among other wins and nominations.
The song was performed live at the Academy Awards, in a moment that captured the attention of America, who saw it as a powerful, emotional moment, and also one that can be endlessly memed.
The film is now available for on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.
I have always had a fascination with cults. As you can imagine, I've read a fair amount of books on the subject. Helter Skelter, which tells the story about the Manson murders and was written by the lead prosecutor on the case, is highly recommended. Raven, a deep dive into The People's Temple and the notorious Jim Jones, is another stellar read. Films on the subject, including the recent The Endless, are well worth the watch.
But what makes people join these cults and what would get them to leave?
After Redditor theotherweatherguy asked the online community, "Former cult members, what made you realize you were in a cult and that you had to get out?" people shared their stories.
"My mother realized..."<p>My mother realized there was something wrong when our head minister publicly called her a wh*re, because she was one of the few women who WOULDN'T cheat on her husband with him "in the name of Jesus." She left, taking us (the kids). My father, the husband she refused to cheat on, stayed in the cult for a couple more years.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyivtx/former_cult_members_what_made_you_realize_you/gjid2hf?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ufonyx</a></p>
"After this got to be too much..."<p>I was born and raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Got married to another witness when I was 19. Around age 23, I started questioning the intense level of control they have over our smallest choices: What we wear, look like, what we watch or listen to, who we spend time with, etc.</p><p>Things really started falling apart when my cognitive dissonance was reckoning with the fact that I've worked with several hundred non-witnesses, and they were every bit as intelligent, compassionate, and loving as the best witnesses I knew, yet the Organization taught me that non-witnesses were selfish, horrible people, and they were all going to die at Armageddon (which has been constantly and urgently imminent for the last 150 years), I'll drop a link to some of their quotes regarding this in case you're curious.</p>
"I felt insulted..."<p>They told me I devoted too much of my time studying instead of praying/proselytize/going to gatherings/so-called 'family time.' I even explained that I study because I want to one day contribute to the alleviation of poverty in my country. They confronted me one day. They said that studying is more important to me than God, that it would be better to save myself a seat in heaven, and that all I could do is pray for God to provide for the poor. </p><p>I felt insulted because they were Americans and it seemed like their privileged life blinds them from how humiliating it is to not be able to eat. I personally know how many generations that have passed that have prayed for poverty in our country to end. After that exchange, I was so shaken with disgust from what I just heard. It was then that I decided I should get out. I'm a spineless coward, so I composed a letter detailing my leave and handed it to them rather than confront them directly.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyivtx/former_cult_members_what_made_you_realize_you/gjhteya?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Kablaaw</a></p>
"When they told me..."<p>When they told me I couldn't leave and if I did defy them and leave, I would be excommunicated.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyivtx/former_cult_members_what_made_you_realize_you/gjgjp7f?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">_chaos_control</a></p>
"By the time they let us go home..."<p>In the early 2000's I went to the Church of Scientology as a 20-year-old. My dad was an Evangelical pastor and I was really turned off of Christianity (still am, even more now). I had heard that Scientology was kind of crazy but hadn't heard anything about what we now know their beliefs to be. When I first went, I really liked the idea behind how they viewed it as "tech" and not really religion. They start you off slow and you don't necessarily get into doing auditing right away (unless you have a bunch of money). I also ended up working there to pay for my classes since I was a poor college student. I actually really liked the people there and had a good time for the most part.</p><p>After a couple of months of spending a few days a week there, going to classes and working, I got past the intro classes. That's when the crazy started to show itself. I remember having discussions around how basically, you have to follow what Hubbard said to the letter. Well I'm a bit of a free thinker and that didn't sit well with me, but they would just respond with "Well that's how his 'tech' works!".</p><p>A week or so after our discussions around following things to the letter, they had a big event. I don't really remember what it was for, but it ended with trying to sign people up to go on a Scientology "cruise." If you couldn't afford it, you'd have to join the Sea Org and work your way through. Being as it was a pretty expensive cruise (more than normal since you were paying for the classes too), they were having a hard time getting people to sign up. They had a quota they had to hit for the meeting and wouldn't let us leave until they met their quota. So they'd hound people in the audience (maybe around 40 of us) until someone would finally relent and sign up. Then they'd do it to someone else.</p>
"They control everything..."<p>A friend from the same church explained it to me when I was young. They control everything from our money, marriage, thoughts, actions. But growing up in such a church makes it feel normal, you know? I couldn't question it.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyivtx/former_cult_members_what_made_you_realize_you/gjgnedd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">eggstoasty</a></p>
"When I realized..."<p>When I realized that forcing everyone to legally change their last name, not leave the building, not take pictures and not say certain words was not normal, dude. Also the mandatory viewing and the evening classes for those inexperienced in the cult's niche (paranormal).</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyivtx/former_cult_members_what_made_you_realize_you/gjh8qgp?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">MR_System_</a></p>
"I left when my partner..."<p>I was in an offshoot of AA for drug addicts called DAA. They treated the AA big book as gospel and they encouraged absolute control from your sponsor (mentor). You had to tell them every grisly detail about your life. They refused to allow people to take mental health medicine.</p><p>The group took up all of my time and spent hours trying to go to NA meetings to recruit people. They saw Bill Wilson as almost godlike. At the top of the organisation in London was a figure who subtly placed himself as the cult leader, and took advantage of young newcomers.</p>
Liars are not the kind of company we seek to keep.
But bad liars can be entertaining enough to have around long enough to expose them.
The Smashed Omega<p>"My first watch was an omega and I saved up on high school to get it. One of my good friends back then asked to wear it for 1 period and would give it back at lunch. He begged and begged so as a hs kid I gave in or couldn't keep saying no I guess, weak on me, obviously.</p><p> Well, He smashed it (apparently smashed the glass to test it) gave it back and said it was a fake and that's why the glass cracked and said he didn't do it and it just fell apart. A**hole became a medical doctor and is now involved in politics and holds state office. I'm still pissed about the watch he never admitted he broke cuz he was salty and jealous."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kwga4b/what_is_the_most_obvious_lie_you_have_ever_been/gj4x187?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sunset117</a><br></p>
Same Backstory<p>"When a co-worker told my own story back to me as his own. Twice."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/lurkity_mclurkington/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">lurkity_mclurkington</a></p><p>"I had a friend do this once, he was hanging out with a large group of my friends that he hardly knew and my best friend (still my best friend too) just went 'wow it's so crazy you had ver-betim the exact same childhood story that Jason has told us all before, right down to the small town in Kansas where it happened' and the color drained straight out of his face. Didn't say a word to me for like 3 days. Dude turned out to be a pathological liar on many levels, very strange to think how I spent 4 years of high school with someone lying straight to my face constantly and didn't realize it until that moment."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kwga4b/what_is_the_most_obvious_lie_you_have_ever_been/gj6dejt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Modusobit</a><br></p>
Je Ne Comprends Pas Français<p>"I speak French, though I'm losing it from lack of use. But one of my college guy friends started dating a girl 'from France.' He was all excited because she could talk to me in her native language and I could help translate. So he brought her to a party at my sorority house and introduced us."</p><p>"I greeted her in French with a very simple, 'bonjour, bienvenue, comment ça va' which is just hi, welcome, how are you."</p><p>"Blank stare and red face in response. She then said, in what I thought was a kind of strange accent, that she's sorry, she didn't understand me. I looked at the guy and said 'I thought you told me she was French?' Because maybe she was a different nationality and he was confused."</p>
Solo Artist<p>"When I was a kid, the internet wasn't a thing so, my friends were whoever happened to live in the neighborhood. One kid was a well-known liar and exaggerator. We were maybe 14 years old at this time."</p><p>"This kid could play guitar and was always talking himself up about it and talking about 'his band.' He actually could play, but 'his band' did not exist."</p>
Going Nowhere Fast<p>"My friend told me that getting a Peloton changed her life. I looked up her workout stats & she had used it 4 times in 5 months of owning it. Her husband fared a little better with using it 9 times."</p><p>"Don't know why this annoyed me so much."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kwga4b/what_is_the_most_obvious_lie_you_have_ever_been/gj4lf71?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">natasha_c</a><br></p>
Shopping For Sympathy<p>"My little girl told everyone in the supermarket that our cat died and she was sad. We don't own a cat."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kwga4b/what_is_the_most_obvious_lie_you_have_ever_been/gj4ib29?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">VixenRoss</a><br></p>
Please Don't Quit<p>"We cannot give you a raise right now, but we will compensate you as soon as the budget allows".</p><p>"Turns out 'when the budget allows' is 'when you already have another job offer and put in your two weeks notice.'"</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kwga4b/what_is_the_most_obvious_lie_you_have_ever_been/gj4hm8s?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Daikataro</a><br></p>
Does Not Compute<p>"As a tax accountant, I'm told lies about how much money people actually made all the time during tax season."</p><p>"My favorite was a guy telling me he's broke because he only makes $35,000/year in NYC so my (very reasonable) fee is too much for him. He says this after he asks me if he can deduct the new BMW 5 series he just bought his son all cash."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kwga4b/what_is_the_most_obvious_lie_you_have_ever_been/gj49zvc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reusethisname</a><br></p>
You've probably heard that we live in the golden age of television. That's awesome.
Well You Knew This One Was Coming<p>"Throughout Season 8 of [Game of Thrones] I was preaching patience. Let's see how it plays out. I didn't mind the white walkers <em>not</em> being the ultimate bad guy. I thought Dany's turn was odd but could potentially pay off. I was holding on to a thread of hope that there was a vision."</p><p>"So you can imagine my frustration with the finale. Lifeless. Soulless. An utter disdain for the show and its fanbase."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi658pw?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">doubledYou</a></p>
Suddenly, a Psychopath<p>"I stopped watching Bones after one of the sweet side characters was revealed to be the apprentice of a serial killer. Completely out of left field and totally stupid." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi6qctu?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">glory87</a></p><p>"Bones. It's been so long that I don't even remember the details, but one of the main cast suddenly murdered people and went to jail for some bizarre reason. I stopped watching after that, so it did ruin the series for me." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi6ry2n?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">tjeepdrv2</a></p>
High Standards for Continuity<p>"The King of the Hill episode where Hank doesn't realize what sticker price is when buying a new truck, and then attempts to vandalize the dealership."</p><p>"It was super out of character for Hank to not know how to purchase a vehicle and retaliate so childishly. It's a later season episode that I simply skip now."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi6xkek?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">lod001</a></p>
A Few Gripes<p>"Two last episodes of How I Met Your Mother."</p><p>"Deleted tons of character development and made the entire last seasons story obsolete." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi7fxsv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Magnus-Krogsoe</a></p><p>"How i met your mother. She died the way she lived. Off screen." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi790u4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">CambaceresDM</a></p>
Always Eric and Donna<p>"That 70's Show had two."</p><p>"The first is when Eric and Donna broke up. I knew the entire next season was going to suck and focus on them both dating around before they got back together."</p><p>"The second was when Eric decides to propose to Donna. I knew that meant they weren't going to college and the were just going to be bums and I was right."</p><p>"The last 3 seasons of that show were unwatchable."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi6s499?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Nightshade_Salad</a></p>
Cool Hair, Though<p>"Stanger Things when Eleven runs away and chills with some street rats for some reason in an episode - hated it" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi72kj4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">DeschainesBrain</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Hahaha i totally forgot about that. What a weird waste of an episode" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi7apx1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">MrProfessorPhD</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"I heard somewhere that was a test for a new direction for the show. But test audiences hated it so that idea was scrapped but the episodes and tie in were kept. Dunno if its true or not but seems plausible given how unrelated that is to everything else." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi7cdua?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Chriogenosis</a></p>
Budgetary Concerns?<p>"Murder She Wrote; They had an episode set in 'Australia' with American actors dong Australian Accents even though there were Australian Actors living in LA at the time."</p><p>"The accents were that bad that I was too embarrassed to tell anyone that I ever watched the show. Drive time comedy on the radio had an absolute field day with it."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi6ar0y?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Captain_Coco_Koala</a></p>
Cash Grab<p>"The entirety of <em>The Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life</em> put me off the original series, which used to be my favourite comfort watch."</p><p>"I really wish Amy Sherman-Palladino did not mess with something that originally ended on a good, satisfying note."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi6biua?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">boop_attack</a></p>
4th Time's the Nosedive<p>"So no one is going to say 'Sherlock season 4'? Do I have to be the one to bring that monstrosity up?" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi75nif?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">More-Consequences</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Sherlock seasons 1-3 I had seen multiple times. I would just put it on in the background when I was doing other stuff because it was nice to follow along."</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"When season 4 came out I was excited and watched it all in one day. I have not watched the show at all since then. Totally ruined it for me." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi7jzs3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">MazerRakam</a></p>
Sounds Riveting<p>"That once episode in Voyager where that one guy and the captain become giant lizard things after a failed tinkering with warp 10. Like what" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kqwirr/what_episode_of_a_television_show_was_so_bad_that/gi6lgpg?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Labrat_The_Man</a></p>
As a child, I saw Sleeping Beauty and could not get over how messed up Maleficent was. She cursed a child because she wasn't invited to the birthday party?! Who does that?! Has she never heard of therapy?
She later turns into a dragon to try and kill a prince before he can reach the film's titular character and save the day. It's a downright creepy scene, actually. Short but thrilling.
And what about Cinderella? Who knew Disney movies could introduce us to the horrors of child abuse? The Evil Stepmother needs a therapist, too. (Did you know that both Maleficent and the Evil Stepmother were voiced by the same actress? It probably explains a lot.)
After Redditor shoopdahoop22 asked the online community, "What's the darkest Disney movie?" people shared their suggestions.