Lady Gaga has struck up a strong friendship with Marxist Slavoj Zizek, dubbed "the world's hippest philosopher."In the midst of her rift with long-term boyfriend Luc Carl, eyebrows were raised over Gaga's decision to spend a lot of time with the 62-year-old, bearded, postmodern theorist and pal of Julian Assange while she was touring the UK and US this spring. Sources say Gaga and Slovenian-born Zizek -- who like Salman Rushdie seems to be intellectual catnip to beautiful women and who was once married to Argentine model Analia Hounie -- spent time together discussing feminism and collective human creativity. The pop star also agreed to support Zizek at a March rally in London when the lecturers' union UCU was on strike. In a recent blog post titled "Communism Knows No Monster," Zizek called Gaga "my good friend" and said, "There is a certain performance of theory in her costumes, videos and even (some of) her music." WikiLeaks announced an eBay auction on Thursday for eight seats to dine with Zizek and fellow international man of mystery Julian Assange at "one of London's finest restaurants." Bids on Friday were up to about $5,000. Zizek, who once described himself as "communist in a qualified sense" and a "radical leftist," will be a visiting professor at NYU, where Gaga once studied. He'll teach German in Hell according to John Waters who too once studied there.
- NY Post
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