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Lady Gaga Fame-Whores Her Puppy, Channels Cruella de Vil

Lady Gaga CruellaKarl Lagerfeld shook the earth, moon, and stars when he introduced humanity to his new kitten, Choupette. As The Kaiser loves to say, his little furball is the most famous of all the cats — and that isn't an exaggeration. Magazines want to take her picture and the Internet wants to Tweet at her because she is cute and her life is cush: Choupette has two dedicated maids, a private garden, cockpit privileges when she jets to St. Tropez. She is so much more than a LOLcat — a mere feline jester — she is a celebrity, a true A-list deity, and her rising fame is only elevating Karl's own.

Since Lady Gaga has a black belt in fame and is scared to death of someone stealing it in the night, it appears that the pop star has taken note of the great press and attention Karl's benefitted from by acquiring a super-cute new pet. Mother Monster received a dog from boyfriend Taylor Kinney way back in April, but she's only now started taking her pup out on the town.

A couple of days ago, the performance artist arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria carrying the canine in a Louis Vuitton leather handbag, à la Paris Hilton. But today she decided to go for a more provocative dog-carrying look, cradling the puppy in the armpit of her massive fur coat. The effect is very Cruella de Vil.

If Lady Gaga wants to channel a puppy-napping villain, PETA is, of course, more than happy to treat her like one. The animal rights organization has already released a statement reminding the pop star that during the 2010 meat dress controversy, she said to Ellen DeGeneres, “I hate fur, and I don’t wear fur.”

In PETA's statement:

But by wearing those dumb furs in a heat wave, you’re making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian. As we plan our fall campaigns, please tell us whether what you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose.

If I were a betting man, I'd put it all on "just a pose."

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