Baby Gaga video sparks controversy

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A spoof on a Lady Gaga video? Old news—it’s been done numerous times.

A baby doing a spoof on a Lady Gaga video? Okay, let’s talk.

3-year-old Keira Ladrow, also known as Baby Gaga, stars in a spoof of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video. She lip syncs, she dances—hell, she even wears Gaga-esque outfits and makeup. It gets a little strange, however, when scantily clad dancers surround the toddler, and it gets especially weird when Keira’s shown locked up in handcuffs. On CBS New’s The Early Show, Psychotherapist Heide Banks warns the mother that these images could be “damaging” to her daughter in the future.

According to Heidi Ladrow, mother of 3-year-old Baby Gaga, the video was supposed “to be outrageous because Lady Gaga’s videos are outrageous.” She emphasizes on The Early Show that the video was made solely for fun, not as an attempt to get her daughter famous.

“This was a little project we put together as a spoof, as fun for our friends and family. I had no idea this was going to get as large as it was,” Heidi Ladrow explains.

The popular YouTube video, directed by Jake Wilson, has sparked controversy across the Internet. Some viewers criticize it for being “inappropriate” and “creepy,” while others believe that the girl should have some “fun.”

Baby Gaga fans defend the video on Twitter, with status updates that say, “Leave Baby Gaga alone!”

However, several mothers are questioning the parenting styles of Ladrow.

“As a mother, I’m offended that there are parents out there that think they have the right to exploit their children. I have a 3-year-old daughter, so this is really disturbing to me,” expresses Kathryn B., a San Diegan mother from Scripps Ranch.

On The Early Show, Mother Gaga assured CBS that her daughter enjoyed it. She adds, “The reason she looked uncomfortable is because she’d just woken up from a two-hour nap. She’s animated, you know? We wanted her to look kind of upset in certain points.”

What do you think, San Diego? Is 3-year-old Baby Gaga’s “Telephone” video creative and fun? Or is it just plain inappropriate?

See the video below:


  1. JC

    June 8, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I can understand the mother’s intentions of it being fun. However, I believe that she exploited her child thru youtube. So many parent’s are trying to make their child a “youtube star”, and I think this was definitely another case of that.
    The video itself wasn’t too bad. It’s not like she was dancing with half naked men and wearing super revealing 3 year old clothes. It definitely was not your typical “family video” but overall, I feel people are over reacting.
    In short, I feel the true issue is not the video itself but the fact that the parent uploaded it for all to watch. That alters the context of the video and I can see how some people would find it inappropiate.
    Would I make a “spoof music video” with my 3 year old kid one day: sure. Would I make one like this: probably not. Would I post it on youtube for everyone to watch: no way.

  2. Gleek89

    June 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I think you made some good points JC the video is not that bad, it’s actually kinda cute but I have to questions the parents’ intentions, if they really just meant it to be a “little project for friends and family” why would they hire scantily clad female dancers? It seems a little over the top for a home video meant “solely for fun”. I think the parents were definitely looking to cash in on this video.

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