Yes, Lady Gaga is now a print magazine columnist. The international pop star (and self-proclaimed "Mother Monster") will be contributing a monthly column to V magazine in which she'll open up an "editorial window into her fashion universe," beginning on May 2nd. We look forward this, as well as seeing what sketch her "little monsters" can come up with for an appropriately Gaga-esque magazine headshot.
As Gaga embarks on her new career path, however, it should be noted that the editorial world can be cruel to celebrities when they treat it as a brand extension or hobby. Here are a few other recognizable faces who have tried unsuccessfully at parlaying at their name into a coherent editorial voice:
- James Franco Writes 'Terrifying' Short Story for Esquire; Still Gets Named Editor of Literary Magazine - "He's a handsome, fascinating actor. And his fictional piece in Esquire is bad enough to make you forget all that," leads a scathing Salon critique of the actor's foray into magazine fiction. Needless to say, even after the poor reviews arrived, he was named as a contributing editor to a forthcoming Los Angeles literary review.
- Courtney Love Wants to Write for New Yorker; Magazine Pretends Not to Hear - "I have to get it together and finish this damn story that The New Yorker, by the way, does not know is coming. They may reject me, I don’t know. But I’m aiming for that. And I want to be published. It’s time--I’m 46," the grunge icon told New York magazine. Last fall.
- Ethan Hawke Enrages Country Star With Rolling Stone Profile - Luckily, the actor didn't anger the man he was profiling, Kris Kristofferson, in a 2009 magazine piece. But he did anger Toby Keith enough for the musician to say of his writing: "I don’t know Ethan Hawke. Ethan Hawke wanted to do some kind of superficial Rolling Stone article. And he did everything he could to make his story the greatest story ever in Rolling Stone...And it was a fictitious (expletive) lie. O.K?" Apparently, Hawke wrote about a spat between Kristofferson and an "unnamed country star" that highly resembled Keith, the Associated Press reported at the time.
- Chuck Norris Is a World Net Daily Writer; Who Knew? - The action star/internet meme has been consistently writing articles at the far-right news outlet World Net Daily since 2006, but few appear to be paying much attention to them. Outside the Beltway's James Joyner summed up his exposure dilemma succinctly: "Usually, when Chuck Norris speaks, the world listens. But this apparently does not hold true for when he writes columns for WorldNetDaily..."
- Eliot Spitzer's Call Girl as an Advice Columnist - The less said about this one, the better. We'll just point out that when Ashley Dupre came out with an advice column in the New York Post, the comments weren't too tactful. The New York Daily News' Joanna Molloy even called Dupre's potential advice "as useless as Bernie Madoff money tips," although it should probably be noted that the Daily News is also a Post rival.