Gee, I wonder why this was scrapped.
Actually, I wonder why anyone thought any of it was a good idea. TMZ has posted footage from the video of Lady Gaga and R. Kelly's collaboration "Do What U Want." The clip was shot in November, just weeks before The Village Voice revisited the sexual-assault accusations against R. Kelly in Jessica Hopper's widely circulated interview with Chicago Sun-Times' Jim DeRogatis. That effectively stopped the momentum of Kelly's just-released Black Panties in its tracks and probably prevented Gaga from releasing the video, in which Kelly plays a doctor who sedates her and then hosts a sexy party on her passed-out body. (Since then, more allegations of R. Kelly's sexual misconduct have surfaced.)
Oh yeah, and Terry Richardson directed it. You know, that guy from that story this week. It's like Lady Gaga was being provocative and hanging with predatory dudes on purpose! I mean, can you imagine?
In January, Gaga claimed that the video was delayed because:
I was given a week to plan and execute it. It is very devastating for someone like me, I devote every moment of my life to creating fantasies for you. All my most successful videos were planned over a period of time when I was rested and my creativity was honored.
She also claimed back then, referring to her then-recent, commercially underperforming album, "The next few months of ARTPOP will truly be its beginning. Because those who did not care about ARTPOP's success are now gone, and the dreams I have been planning can now come to fruition." So yeah, that's probably not the best source there.