Lady Gaga's new video for "Stupid Love," which dropped at midnight on Friday and already has more than 4.2 million views, is being hailed as a return to her early days of dance music. Gaga moved away from her signature sound following 2013's Artpop with the more rock-infused Joanne. Last year, she won an Oscar for "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, for which she was also nominated for Best Actress.
"Stupid Love" is all bubblegum hues and space funk vibe, but it's also politically and socially relevant in its rejection of war as propagated by the patriarchy. Gaga's new world favors universal love and an embrace of difference and non-traditional gender roles.
Set on another planet with some visual throwbacks to Mad Max fashion, Gaga's video opens with a warning of sorts.
"The world rots in conflict. Many tribes battle for dominance. While the Spiritual ones pray and sleep for peace, the Kindness punks fight for Chromatica," the video starts.
"Stupid Love" begins with masculine appearing beings pushing and shoving one another until Gaga and her merry band of "Kindness Punks" arrive to demonstrate the power of love and music.
When the male leaders of warring tribes refuse to halt fighting and join Gaga in her celebration of love, she roundly rejects their methods. It turns out that Gaga is all-powerful!