Whilst performing one of her latest songs, ‘Swine’, on the 13th of March at the SXSW Music Festival, Lady Gaga was puked on. The act of puking was integrated into the performance by Millie Brown a vomit painter, and was not some drunken fan unable to control their behavior. It was staged, which makes one feel even more grossed out. Lady Gaga stooped half way through the song, positioning herself next to the Millie Brown, who then stuck a finger all the way down her throat. Out came a gooey green liquid splashing onto Gaga’s face and body. Gage got rid of the apron she was wearing but did not remove the remains of the puke, being covered in vomit till the end of the show.
Even at the beginning of the concert, before Millie Brown vomited on her, Lady Gaga claimed that she had not showered, along with telling her audience that she had been drinking and eating a lot, lately. Claiming that she is not going to play by anyone’s rules, which is what one expects from someone surprising everyone to the point of grossing the audience out. The concert included her famous songs, “Bad Romance”, “Manicure” and “Applause”. The set was elaborate to compliment the ‘non-conformist’ performance.
Lady Gaga also gave the audience an insight into her sensitive nature, making herself relatable by sharing her insecurities. Telling everyone how it’s easier to be themselves, than to be someone else. That when you are someone else, you make yourself go through all sorts of stupid things, which in turn makes you crush your soul. She claimed that because she was sorry to herself for not being herself and this is why during the concert she said that she was going to be who she truly is. Perhaps getting puked on by Millie Brown was Gaga's way of showing the world her true side.