Unless you were sharing an underground bunker with Dick Cheney, you likely heard the news that Lady Gaga's impish "meat dress" landed in Cleveland. Now part of the "Women Who Rock" exhibit at the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
, the dress first appeared at last year's MTV Video Music Awards.
Well, the media has been on a bit of a meat-fueled feeding frenzy since the news broke, publishing stories with carnivorous impunity. Fresh Water
writer Erin O'Brien was one of them, penning this piece
Writing this piece
for the New Times Broward-Palm Beach
, Laine Doss explained the process that it took to ready the dress for its Cleveland debut.
"How do you store and display raw meat for days, weeks, and months without flies, maggots, and the rotting stench of decay?" she asks rhetorically. Well, you turn it into beef jerky, of course. "The outfit, made of Argentine beef, was kept in a meat locker, placed in a vat of chemicals, and dried by a team of taxidermists over a period of several months."
In this article
, the Montreal Gazette
reminded readers of the "meaning" behind the meat.
"Gaga later told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that the dress had many interpretations," among them, "If we don't stand up for what we believe in, and if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat."
In this MTV article
, writer Jocelyn Vena chats with the Rock Hall's chief curator Jim Henke, who explains other tactics the museum is using to keep the meat mountain fresh.
"It's going to be in a case and we are putting some canisters in there to control the humidity, and then we have this other canister that soaks up the glutens," Henke explained. "But it's in a sealed case and we have the gels to control the environment in there."
Henke says that as weird as Gaga's dress may be, it's not the oddest item in the collection.
"Definitely one of the stranger pieces," he says, but adds "There are some other weird things. We actually have [pioneering radio DJ] Alan Freed's ashes."