Bad Romance is a song by American pop singer, Lady Gaga. It is the first single from the 2009 album and re-release The Fame Monster. The track was produced by RedOne and was inspired by the love monster that she had faced while touring through the previous year.
The video was directed by Francis Lawrence. Gaga created a pair of razor-blade sunglasses as she believed that it portrayed a tough female spirit. She emphasized that “I wanted to design a pair for some of the toughest chicks and some of my girlfriends […] they used to keep razor blades in the side of their mouths, […] That tough female sprit is something that I want to project. It’s meant to be, ‘This is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner sense of fame, this is my monster.'”
The main idea behind the video is that of Gaga being kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her, and sell her off to the Russian mafia. It takes place in a white bathhouse. The video begins with Gaga sitting in a white throne, wearing a golden dress and glasses made from razor blades. She is surrounded by several people and her signature harlequin great dane. She has her finger on the mute button of an iPod speaker, and when she presses it, “Bad Romance” begins to play. Light begins to pan across the walls of a bath house, and a sign is shown that reads: “Bath Haus of GaGa”. A group of dancers wearing white long-sleeved leotards with knee high boots and matching crowns crawl out of white, egg-shaped pods with the word “Monster” written on them and the dancers begin to dance behind Gaga who is wearing a similar outfit.
When the chorus of the song begins, two women pull her out of a bathtub, rip her clothes off and force her to drink a glass of vodka. As the second verse begins, Gaga seductively dances for a group of men bidding on her. She straddles one of the men and performs somewhat of a lap dance on him. Afterwards, he raises his bid and becomes the highest bidder for Gaga. When the chorus is played for the third time, Gaga is shown wearing a jacket made of a polar bear hide. She walks toward the man, who is sitting on a bed, unbuttoning his shirt. Gaga has a look of indifference on her face and removes her jacket and sunglasses. Suddenly, the bed spontaneously combusts with the man still sitting on it. The video ends with Gaga laying beside a smoldering skeleton on top of the destroyed bed with ashes everywhere. She smokes a cigarette, while her pyrotechnic bra goes off.