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Lady Gaga in Hot Water After Proclaiming a Love for Knock-Off Goods

Lady Gaga in Hot Water After Proclaiming a Love for Knock-Off Goods

For those who can only dream of owning high-end designer watches, purses, and shoes; being offered an illegal “knock-off” version of the product while walking through a bustling city market can be quite tempting. After all, some of these copies can look very much like the real thing but only cost a small fraction.

But knowing it’s illegal to make and sell these designer replicas is enough to make some stay away, but not Lady Gaga apparently. The pop singer is in hot water with the Thai government after tweeting about wanting to buy a fake Rolex in a market there while on her latest tour.

Reuters reports about the controversy-causing tweet that has entangled Gaga in the piracy wars going on around the world. While on tour Gaga tweeted, “I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy a fake rolex.”

Though Thailand is known for its black market sale of fake designer goods, government officials say Gaga’s statement undermines their efforts to put an end to piracy. An official at the ministry's Intellectual Property Department says, “Lady Gaga is a representative of the U.S. and the U.S. puts pressure on smaller countries to promote the protection of intellectual property. She should tell her fans that they shouldn't use fake goods.”

Lady Gaga has not yet apologized to Thailand for the controversy-causing tweet. Do you think she should?

What do you think of anti-piracy laws? Have you or would you ever purchase a knock-off product?
 

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  • Kay3131 By Kay3131
    06.05.12  

    I have. The watches in Taipei especially - are almost indiscernable from the originals. When the luxury market spend$ on using top-notch materials, fabrics, findings,and craftsmanship - the resulting quality need not fear the fakes. If however, they choose to makes handbags of nylon parachute using only strippets of leather for handles, or coated canvas and hollow tubing, then they should be prepared for the competition that street vendors with less than a 1000% markup - will give them!

  • faeriekitty By faeriekitty
    06.06.12  

    I have read reports that the money is made from buying knock offs supports terrorists and drug traffickers. If that's the case I will stick to buying the real deal from the manufacturers. Not that I buy luxury items that often. Why support someone who is trying to destroy your country?

  • cardreader By cardreader
    06.06.12  

    I have in NY. It is not worth the trouble. The products sold are waste products. I now save until I get the original product.

  • klynb7a By klynb7a
    06.07.12  

    The "knockoffs" are most likely made in the same factories with the same materials as the "originals".

  • corwinky By corwinky
    06.08.12  

    She's no more going to buy a fake rolex than she is actually going to get lost without her guards and handlers. It's poetic license aimed at shoring up her brand image, not a literal statement.

  • trina1975 By trina1975
    06.08.12  

    She probably knew that her statements would land her in hot water. She intentionally does outrageous things for free publicity. That's just how she is.

  • vstark By vstark
    06.08.12  

    I don't want the originals so why would I want the copies? A couple of years ago, I saw the hot new Louis Vuitton bag, the red one. It cost as much as a decent used car. I went home and put away my vintage Mexican leather beach tote that cost $2. It looked so much like the Vuitton bag I was afraid it would get stolen.

  • friendlylady By friendlylady
    06.08.12  

    If she said she was buying a real Rolex she would have caused an uproar anyways and people would start talking about her expensive spending habits.

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    06.09.12  

    I'd rather spend my money on something of quality that will last.

  • alicia27 By alicia27
    06.10.12  

    Lady Gaga was probably joking... we all know she could afford many genuine rolexes! lol And I am guilty of buying knock off goods... God knows, with kids, and in this economy, I definitely can't afford the real ones, but I should have the benefit of feeling like I'm wearing something that I like!

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