Grandmas Who Love Being Gaga's 'Little Monsters'
By Amber James Posted May 15th 2010 11:30AM
Lady Gaga has changed a generation with her music, her performances and, of course, her outrageous fashion. While the 'Poker Face' singer has droves of young fans, it's sometimes difficult to imagine that anyone over the age of 50 would be caught dead watching Gaga perform a "bloody" 'Paparazzi' set or enjoy seeing her strut around in Alexander McQueen armadillo heels. Of course, we're all about breaking stereotypes here at PopEater and discovered there are plenty of grandparents who are cuckoo for Gaga.
Meet Joyce Carter. She and her husband, who will both be 56 this summer, can't get enough of the 'Bad Romance' singer. Carter had known about Lady Gaga for about a year, but it wasn't until she took her granddaughter, Makenna, 7, to school that she got a taste of the eccentric songstress.
"[She] pipes up with, 'Oh Granny, could you turn this up. I love this song. It's called 'Bad Romance.' Immediately, I was taken in by the beat and ended up falling in love with the song," Carter recalls to PopEater.
As soon as she got home, she rushed to her computer to download the track along with several other Gaga songs. She eventually turned her oldest daughter into a Gaga fan too, and admits Gaga is a pretty good role model for young women. "Everyone has the right to be their own person. [You] can't judge a book by its cover," she says.
A few years ago, while working in a group home, Carol Lee Bour Folsom was introduced to Lady Gaga. She overheard her clients listening to Gaga's music and couldn't get over how much she enjoyed it.
When the 62-year-old finally saw the singer on MTV, she couldn't get over how much of an "individualist" Gaga was. "She's outrageous in a good way, because she is expressing how she feels. That's how we all should be able to do it," Folsom tells PopEater. "I'm proud of her that she can do that and doesn't care about what anyone else thinks."
Now, she turns up the radio and TV any time the 'Alejandro' singer is on -- even though her husband, children and grandchildren think she's "nuts."
Folsom had planned to attend Gaga's show in Minneapolis, but due to money constraints, she opted to skip this time. She's upset but knows she has plenty of time to see Gaga in the future because she believes her career will have legs. Folsom is ready to rock out with all the young "little monsters" at a show someday, because "you're never too old to just kick back and be a kid. It keeps you young."
Barbara Sivo loves music. While her music tastes range from Pavarotti to Aerosmith, Lady Gaga definitely got her attention. While listening to XM Radio, Sivo first heard Gaga and "thought her vocals were amazing."
Calling her a cross between Gwen Stefani and Madonna, the 60-year-old tells PopEater "[Lady Gaga] knows how to sell herself ... [and] she has the talent to back it up."
Citing 'Paparazzi' and 'Poker Face' as her favorite Gaga songs, Sivo loves being the cool grandmother.
"My granddaughter listens to Lady Gaga, and her friends think it is very cool that grandma knows the lyrics to her songs," she says. She's even hoping to eventually take her granddaughter and daughter to a show one day.
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