It’s the debate that’s divided the internet: is the pop music in A Star Is Born good or bad?
In the film, troubled alt-country singer Jackson Maine (played by the film’s director, Bradley Cooper) takes issue with the pop-heavy offerings on the debut album of his wife, Ally (Lady Gaga), who has skyrocketed to fame after singing several of her thoughtful, original songs on his tour. Jack is particularly bothered by Why Did You Do That?, a candy-coated earworm that begins with Ally asking: “Why do you look so good in those jeans?”
Why Did You Do That? is at the centre of the debate around pop music in the film. The song is ridiculously catchy, but there’s a sense of guilty pleasure to it - mostly because Jack seems to hate it so much. There are an assortment of memes and GIFs devoted to people grappling with this tension.
Paul Blair, who goes by the moniker DJ White Shadow, helped write and produce six of the 19 songs featured on the film’s chart-topping soundtrack, including the schismatic Why Did You Do That?.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Blair said the song, which also counts pop hitmaker Diane Warren and Gaga herself among its writers, was not - as some have suggested - intended to be bad.