From Mind Control to Superstardom: The Meaning of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night”
The music video “Marry the Night” tells the story of Lady Gaga’s rise to fame in the entertainment industry. Oddly enough, her “journey” begins with her describing the symptoms of a trauma-based mind control victim. Is there a deeper meaning to this video? We’ll look at the symbolism of “Marry the Night” and its underlying occult meaning.
Lady Gaga generated a great buzz among her fans when she announced that the video to Marry the Night would reveal a part of her past. Did her fans expect the video to begin with a traumatized Gaga inside a psychiatric ward with a bunch of lobotomized girls? Probably not. But from that strange starting point, the video proceeds to depict Gaga’s rise to super-stardom. How does all of that tie in together? To most, this doesn’t really make any sense. However, to those who understand the relation between trauma-based mind control and the entertainment industry, it makes perfect sense. While many of her previous videos referred to mind control in subtle and symbolic ways (see previous articles on Vigilant Citizen), Marry the Night takes it a step further, pretty much spelling it out. At the very start of the video, Gaga’s monologue defines in unequivocal terms the plight of a mind control victim. Despite her hardships, she says, she is determined to make it in the music business and is ready to do whatever it takes to reach her goal. She, therefore “marries the night”, an expression that has a profound meaning.
The video is Lady Gaga’s directorial debut and, according to MTV.com it is basically a “big thank you” to Interscope Records – the record label that signed her. This is definitely true but the video also says thanks to those behind her record label: the “Night” that she married. Let’s look at the video’s most important scenes.
In the Psychiatric Ward
The intro of the video shows Gaga as the patient of some kind of psychiatric ward. While laying on a stretcher that is pushed by two nurses, Gaga describes the way she perceives reality. Affected by a violent trauma, Gaga escapes into her own world to be able to go on. The mental dissociation that is described by Gaga is in direct accordance with the purpose of trauma-based mind control, the basis of Monarch Programming (see the article Origins and Techniques of Monarch Mind Control for more information). Monarch programming uses various methods, including violence, drugs, and abuse to induce violent trauma and cause the victim to dissociate – a natural defense mechanism of the brain. The fracture of the personality that results from the process is then exploited by the mind-control handlers to program within the subject’s mind new “alter” personalities. This is also described in Marry the Night, as Gaga creates a new persona to obtain superstardom.
The process also causes the victims to have huge memory gaps when recollecting the past. In during the intro of the video, Gaga describes how a victim of Monarch programming would perceive reality:
“When I look back on my life, it’s not that I don’t want to see things exactly as they happen, it’s just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way. And truthfully, the lie of it all is much more honest, because I invented it. Clinical psychology arguably tells us that trauma is the ultimate killer. Memories are not recycled like atoms and particles in quantum physics. They can be lost forever. It sort of like my past is an unfinished painting and, as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again. Its not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loathe reality.”
Gaga basically says that she went through a trauma that was so horrific that it caused her to dissociate from reality. Since she cannot cope with the true nature of her existence, her psyche has “filled in all the ugly holes” and created an inner-world where she can escape and survive mentally. This is exactly what happens with MK slaves, who, while dissociated into their fantasy world, get programmed by their handlers. Gaga then proceeds to describe how her dissociated mind perceives her surroundings.
In Gaga’s reality, the nurses are wearing “next season Calvin Klein” and she is wearing Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Also, the nurses’ caps are tilted to the side like Parisian berets because she thinks “it’s romantic”. So what we are seeing is not reality, but Gaga’s perception of reality that has been distorted by trauma. Since she loves fashion, the fashion world is integrated into her mental escape to make reality bearable. The premise of this scene is very similar to the movie Sucker Punch (analyzed in the article entitled “Sucker Punch” or How to Make Monarch Mind Control Sexy), where a young patient of a psychiatric hospital dissociates from reality before getting a lobotomy.
Lobotomies also appear to be happening in Gaga’s ward. As she arrives in her room, we notice that it is filled with brain-dead girls with bandages around their heads. This hints that Gaga’s “institution” deals with mind control-related stuff.
On her bed, Gaga speaks with a nurse – who also happened to have delivered her when she was born. This is rather odd (for many reasons) but confirms that Gaga’s existence has been under tight control since her youth. Is this bit part “autobiographical” or fiction? Hard to say.
When Gaga turns around, her back reveals that something awful happened to her. The nurse tells her “No intimacy for two weeks”, which hints to the fact that the trauma might have been of a sexual origin. She nevertheless tells the nurse that “she’ll make it” and that “she’ll be a star” because she has “nothing left to lose”. In other words, the trauma she suffered left her lost and empty but that hole can be filled by her two obsessions: fame and success.
After the depressing hospital scene, Gaga is in her apartment when she gets a phone call from her manager announcing that she’s been dropped by her label. She replies “But I’m an artist!”, as if artistic integrity is the top priority of record labels. She then loses it and goes into a topless frenzy involving Cheerios and smudged makeup. The messy scene is juxtaposed with images of Gaga gracefully dancing ballet – as a “true artist”. The two scenes are diametrically opposed yet have noticeable similarities. The ballet scene ends with Gaga topless and crying, indicating that both scenes happen at the same time: One in real life and one in her head.
In the next scene, Gaga is in the tub, accomplishing a significant task: Dying her hair blonde. Her new alter-persona is being created, the one that will become a pop star.
Once the transformation is complete, Gaga says goodbye to her ballet company (were they the ones that were lobotomized earlier?). The “true artist” is gone and the superficial diva is born. The camera stays on the art of the room for several seconds, probably due to its symbolic meaning (the scene was shot at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in NY).
The camera then pans to the room’s oculus (a circular window at the apex of a dome) with a sun as the pupil of the “eye”. The oculus transitions into a full moon. As the scene turns from day to night, Stefani disappears and Lady Gaga emerges.
Marrying the Night
Most music sites say that Marry the Night is about going out, partying and having fun in New York City. But, as it is often the case with Gaga’s works, the symbolism and the imagery of the video hints at a deeper, more ritualistic meaning. As we have seen above, Gaga is passionately fueled by her drive for success and she appears to realize that the key to make it in the industry is: Initiation. Or, in more sinister terms, selling one’s soul.
In the context of the video, the expression “marry the night“ takes an almost metaphysical connotation. Marriage is a religious ritual, a binding association between two people. What does it mean when one marries the night? It can mean associating with people who deal in the dark: the occult elite (those we call the Illuminati). It can also signify embracing one’s own flaws and “dark side”. In all cases, there is a definite sense of “rebirth” in the process. And, that’s what we see: A blond Lady Gaga (the alter of Stefani Germanotta) emerges from a Trans-Am dressed in black.
Gaga then goes to “Pop Star Training”. No more ballet, it’s all about doing cool, hip, music video choreography now.
Once her training is complete, Gaga is ready for the “big time”. She becomes a glamorous diva and dances what is almost a parody of MTV music videos.
We are then treated to a video montage of Gaga living the highs and lows of stardom, complete with gigantic hats, bathroom stall door slamming action and emotional instability. However, all of this crap pays off: Gaga gets signed to record label.
The video ends with an odd and ominous scene:
Gaga’s live performance on X Factor also exploited the theme of headless-ness in a rather graphic way.
Although many describe Marry the Night as a “new direction” for Lady Gaga, the video still exploits her favorite theme: The price of fame. The intro of the video is basically an introductory course in trauma-based mind control, where she describes how dissociating allows her to cope with reality. As the artistic brunette turns into a blonde diva, the Lady Gaga alter-ego is created, one that will do what is required to make it in the music business. The most important requirement is “marrying the night”, which is a poetic way of saying “selling one’s soul” and associating with the dark side. Gaga had to deny everything she previously was to become a brand new person. Therefore, beneath the fashion and the dancing, the video hides an underlying ritualistic theme, as the death of a ballet dancer gives birth to an MTV pop star. From the broken girl who had nothing to lose to international superstar, it took a marriage with the dark side to turn things around. But at what cost? The final scene of the video, complete with hellish fire and a sacrificial red dress tells volumes.
In the grand scheme of things, despite her apparent originality, Gaga brings to the youth a message that is very similar to other pop stars: “Mind control is cool, everyone is doing it” and “Submit to the dark side and you’ll get what you want”. But when things get scary and the night becomes an abusive husband, asking for divorce won’t be an option. Ask Princess Diana.
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