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Commentary: Lady Gaga cancels ‘Born This Way Ball’ dates, fans show support

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Lady Gaga has been forced to cancel the remaining dates of her North American “Born This Way Ball Tour” dates after a hip injury from her rigorous sets and routines.

Initially, Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that she would be postponing her Chicago, Detroit and Hamilton, Ontario stops due to an ongoing case of synovitis, an inflammation of the joints.

As someone who intended to go to the show in Chicago, this was devastating news.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, LiveNation, Gaga’s international concert promoter, released a statement revealing that the remainder of “The Born This Way Ball Tour” dates in North America had been canceled. The statement also disclosed that Gaga had suffered a labral tear of the right hip and will undergo surgery to fix the problem.

In addition to the cancelation of the concert dates, the Born Brave Bus, a pre-concert tailgate designed to celebrate equality and self-acceptance sponsored by Gaga’s newly founded Born This Way Foundation, have also been nixed.

With “The Fame Ball Tour,” “The Monster Ball Tour” and “The Born This Way Ball Tour,” Gaga has been touring globally since her breakout in 2009, and her 26-year-old body has finally reached its breaking point.

Through Gaga’s statements and posts via Twitter, her sadness and aggravation towards the situation and her body is both blatant and tangible. Although she currently has not commented on the full cancelation (speculation being that she is recovering from her surgery), Gaga took to Twitter Tuesday to console her originally affected fans.

“To the fans in Chicago, Detroit & Hamilton,” she wrote, “I hope you can forgive me, as it is nearly impossible for me to forgive myself. I’m devastated and sad.”

Little Monsters throughout the Midwest and down the Eastern Seaboard are mourning the loss of their Ball experience. However, after their initial shock, fans took to Twitter and Gaga’s own social networking site, littlemonsters.com, to send their love and support to their Mother Monster.

But for the real diehard of the monsters, this signifies something bigger: the abrupt end to the Born This Way Era.

While the actual album has not been deemed a total success by some critics due to the fact that Gaga’s first album, “The Fame,” moved several thousand more copies than “Born This Way,” for many, “Born This Way” wasn’t just an album, but rather an anthem to replace their pain and misunderstanding with hope and empowerment.

Across the globe, millions of monsters began embodying the mantra of “Born This Way.” Through Gaga’s lyrics, people began accepting themselves and embracing their individuality.

The entire movement behind the album was epitomized through “The Born This Way Ball.” From Gaga being birthed out of a giant inflatable vagina onstage to her calling a star-struck fan’s cellphone in the middle of the show, this was Gaga’s moment between her and her monsters.

And that’s exactly what Gaga wanted. The “Born This Way” album was Gaga’s manifesto to her monsters. Both extremely personal and relatable to her life, the album was written and designed to both open up an international conversation of acceptance and strengthen her relationship with her fans, and that’s just what it did.

On these levels, the album was a complete and total success, and although some Little Monsters are disappointed that they won’t be able to attend the Ball this time around, once Gaga is healed, she’ll make it up to them in a now inconceivable way. I mean, it is Gaga after all. 

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