Gaga Goes to Washington

Huh. I had pretty much written Lady Gaga off completely, from the music (Madonna did all of it already) to the gender statements of her videos (The “Bad Romance” clip has her writhing on the floor of a bathhouse before a gallery of seated men. I’ll read it as tongue-and-cheek, but only to a point). I’d even (tacitly) taken issue with Gaga’s stance for gay rights, mainly out of a feeling that promoting a blonde, fashion plate disco queen as leader does little in overcoming stereotypes (to say nothing of the much-ballyhooed bi-curious lyric “I’m bluffin’ with my muffin”).

But have a look at this piece of sustained humorlessness. I read yesterday in Rolling Stone that Gaga has actually been tweeting Sen. Harry Reid about a pending vote in the Senate that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” once and for all. And now today we get the above video, in which the pop star speaks soberly into the camera for a full four and a half minutes (“I am here to be a voice for my generation, not the generation of the senators who are voiting, but for…  the generation that is affected by this law.”) before dialing up Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York on her Blackberry. Then, in an awkward yet strangely educational bit of Democracy in Action, we hear Gaga get put on hold and made to wait for several minutes before ending at Schumer’s full voicemail box. Undaunted, the biggest popstar in the world declares her intention to keep bloody well trying, and urges her bagillion-strong fanbase to call their own leaders, demonstrating correct usage of the crucial vocab word “constituent”.

Well played, Miss Germanotta. Perhaps I’ve misread your poker fa-, uh, ominous expression.


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