Lady Gaga The Political Activist on the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Issue
Lady Gaga a political activist?
Lady Gaga is already a pop star, an icon among the gay community and a fashion trendsetter. Now Lady Gaga has taken a new position as political activist. Gaga has always been outspoken about her beliefs on gay rights. She is very pro-gay marriage and believes every person should be allowed to marry regardless of sexual orientation. She has also been an advocate for gay rights groups and has often commented on the treatment (or mistreatment) of gays in public schools and at the workplace. Her latest target has been the US military and their “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Perhaps inspired by a collection of videos appearing on YouTube showing US soldiers in Afghanistan passing the time by re-enacting the Lady Gaga “Telephone” video, Gaga has gotten more vocal recently about the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy the military still has and actively uses. Every day gay people who serve in the military are being forced out due to their sexual orientation and Lady Gaga is taking a stand against that.
Lady Gaga took this fight to the public during the recent MTV Video Music Awards. She arrived at the awards show with members of the military who have been kicked out because they were gay. She talked about them during the pre-show then mentioned them during an acceptance speech for one of her awards. Lady Gaga has often mentioned them in interviews and concerts and yesterday she held a rally in Portland, Maine that drew 2,000 people.
Lady Gaga appeared on stage in a business suit flanked by many gay soldiers who have been discharged because of “don’t ask,don’t tell.” She gave a nearly twenty minute long speech during which she railed against lawmakers and anyone who would deny a person their opportunity to defend and serve their country simply because of their sexual orientation. After her speech, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Lady Gaga traded points on Twitter with Reid telling her that repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” is the right thing to do.
The House has approved a defense bill that would revoke “don’t ask, don’t tell” and it was voted upon yesterday in the senate. It needed 60 votes to pass and after yesterdays proceedings, the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy fell short. It looks like even Lady Gaga doesn’t have the power to get the policy repealed. I am sure Gaga will continue to remain active in the on-going appeal until she gets her way.
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