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Lady Gaga's VMA Meat Dress: Well-Done or Rotten?

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The reactions to Lady Gaga's MTV Video Music Awards get-up have been decidedly mixed. Accepting an award from music icon Cher, the pop star appeared onstage at the Staples Center Sunday night wearing a dress made entirely of meat. The dress was the work of LA-based designer Franc Fernandez, and was meant to be a political statement.

Explained Lady Gaga:

"Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening ... if we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat."

But animal rights' activists were offended, and a rep from PETA lobbed a retort Monday morning that made the rounds of the gossip mongers insinuating that the dress, if made of animal flesh, would likely be rotting and infested with maggots if she wore it under the hot stage lights.

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So was Gaga's dress real?