Lady Gaga On ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal
Matt | On 19, Sep 2010
There’s no way that I could go without posting this video. I first saw it in my Google Reader from a post on The Cynical Ones website. *shout-out to my new friend Michael*
Anyhow, Lady Gaga sat down for a few minutes to tell her millions of fans via YouTube why they should support the REPEAL of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law. The current legislation prevents gays/lesbians from serving openly in the military. With the “gay profiling” that Gaga spoke of in the clip, the almost blatant unconstitutionality of the law, and frankly, the STUPIDITY of it in a time of war – it’s obvious why she made the video.
I wanted to take it a step further and applaud Lady Gaga for using her powerful force of celebrity to actually do some good for her fans and the general public. It’s not everyday that you see this kind of open activism from a mega-pop star. Halfway through the video, Gaga gives out the switchboard number to the U.S. Senate (202-224-3121) where people can be transferred directly to the senators representing their state.
As overheard on her Blackberry speakerphone, Gaga was unable to reach either Sens. Chuck Schumer or Kirsten Gillibrand (both D-NY). But, in true Gaga fashion, she’s not going to stop until she reaches them.
That small moment of the phone ringing and ringing with no answer at Schumer’s office or Gillibrand’s voicemail being full is why I posted the video. It takes work to get through to our lawmakers. If Lady Gaga can do it, so can her fans. It was a real and unscripted moment that kinda made me laugh.
It’s refreshing to see artists like Lady Gaga taking a stance on something and following through!
What do you think of her efforts?