Lady Gaga for the Win

Lady Gaga doesn’t like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. She traded tweets about its repeal with Harry Reid. Yesterday, she tore it to pieces at a rally in Portland, Maine (see video above).  But here’s the real question: WHY DOESN’T SHE COME TO DC AND SPEAK ABOUT IT? After all, this is where the fate of the controversial ban against gays in the military will be decided. With a seemingly doomed Senate vote on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell expected to take place today, I’d like to put in a formal request that Miss Gaga come to the capital to show Congress what equality is all about. Not only does she make a great case against the ban, but as one Capitol Hill staffer put it, she’d make a much more interesting witness than “Marlo Thomas and all the other B-listers we usually get.” And if she can get a few senators to switch up their suits for meat dresses, then all the better.

Rebecca Gross

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7 thoughts on “Lady Gaga for the Win

  1. “But here’s the real question: WHY DOESN’T SHE COME TO DC AND SPEAK ABOUT IT?”

    Um, she was here last year as part of the Equality March. You remember that big march in October? She headlined it. Maine is where two “moderate” Republican senators come from who will be crucial to the vote. Going there to drum up support among their constituents makes sense.

  2. Men and women in the armed forces are segregated into separate barracks to prevent fraternization. How would the military go about preventing fraternization between homosexuals? You can’t put the gay men in with the straight women and the gay women in with the straight men because that would violate their privacy in many ways, nor can you put all the gay men and women in their own barracks, as the latter scenario wouldn’t prevent fraternization. A lot of the push back from the military isn’t rooted in discrimination or hatred, but rather simple logistics. I’m all for allowing gay men and women to serve, but I want answers to the logistical problems up front. As someone that works in the bureaucracy, I’ve seen what happens when the government says that they’ll work out the details later.

    Also, I’m getting pretty sick of singers, actors and other celebrities being promoted as legitimate political forces, as you’re doing. They usually know very little about the details other than what they hear from other ill informed celebrities.

  3. “A lot of the push back from the military isn’t rooted in discrimination or hatred, but rather simple logistics.”

    Really, Tom M? Because the fraternization question seems to come up when people, more often men, are afraid the gays are going to hit on them and threaten their sexuality. Guess what? Gay men and women are a) not attracted to every single person they see, and b) capable of controlling their sexual urges, and c) able to understand if someone is not interested in return, should they mistakenly hit on a straight person.

    You enforce the rule across the board. Segregating men and women certainly hasn’t stopped straight men and women from fraternizing.

  4. I’m a gay man, a veteran, and 4 generations of men in my family before me have served our country, so I don’t think you get to lecture me about this, Apa.

    Also, they just took the vote and it failed 56-43. If Obama really wanted to end DADT, he could do so with an executive order, its within his discretion as CIC, but he’s too chicken shit to do it.

    Everything isn’t black and white.

  5. Apa, my point was that it would have been fun/interesting for Lady Gaga to throw the weight of her celebrity around in Congress once the issue came up for serious debate in the Senate. That’s all.

  6. Considering how ridiculous Lady Gaga is, having her associated with any particular cause probably does more harm than good. A rebel without a clue.

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