Earlier on Monday, ANIMAL received a tip promising that pop icon Lady Gaga would appear in Times Square holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign and grant a “brief interview” to “an indie media crew” covering the protests at 3 PM. Though skeptical, ANIMAL showed up, hoping to ask Gaga to participate in Samuel L. Jackson’s ice bucket-like challenge for racism. This is what we found:

Obviously, we’re suspicious. That wig is from her 2009 look. Her detail included two skinny white dudes. There were no other photographers. Still, we’ve reached out to Lady Gaga’s publicist and will update this post when he has confirmed (or, more likely, denied by silence).

Update: It was so fake that she left, came back, and then left again, as soon as ANIMAL yelled, “It’s fake Lady Gaga!”

(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMAL New York)