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Lady Gaga and Harry Reid’s Twitter Lovefest on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Lady Gaga hearts Harry Reid.

And he hearts her back. Well, at least he — or his campaign staff — tweets her back.

Lady Gaga, a force in the LGBT community, walked down the red carpet Sunday at MTV’s Video Music Awards with four members of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network as escorts. Her mission: To spotlight efforts to repeal the 17-year-old “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military.

It certainly worked. Mission accomplished.

She continued her grassroots efforts after the show with an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Wearing a dress made of meat, she told viewers to call Senate Majority Leader Reid’s office and urge him to schedule a vote on DADT.

She even linked the “meat dress” to a politics: “It is a devastation to me that I know my fans who are gay . . . feel like they have government oppression on them. That’s actually why I wore the meat tonight.”

Lady Gaga added: “It’s certainly no disrespect to anyone that’s vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. It has many interpretations, but for me this evening, it’s: If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re gonna have as much rights as the meat on our bones.”

To make sure fans received her marching orders, Lady Gaga also posted a missive on Facebook and Twitter, telling her millions of followers, who she dubs Little Monsters, to call Reid.

Lady Gaga tweeted, “Gay Veterans were my VMA dates. Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. CALL HARRY REID to Schedule Senate Vote.”

Nearly 50,000 Gaga Facebook fans clicked the “Like” button about her comment.

On Monday afternoon, Reid said he intended to bring the Defense Authorization Bill, includes a repeal of DADT, to the Senate floor next week. His staff told the Associated Press that the vote had already been planned for next week — before Lady Gaga’s appearance on DeGeneres’ show.

Reid replied to Lady Gaga via his campaign Twitter account on Tuesday: “@ladygaga There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so.”

Another Tuesday tweet said repealing DADT “is the right thing to do. Come back to Vegas soon!”

Late Tuesday, Lady Gaga answered: “God Bless and Thank you @HarryReid, from all of us, like u, who believe in equality and the dream of this country. We were #BORNTHISWAY.”

Lady Gaga, who is known to her fans as Mama Monster, announced Sunday that the name of her next album is “Born This Way,” a shout-out to her gay activism.

The Reid campaign continued its virtual relationship with the singer Wednesday morning when it posted a link to a YouTube video from a Nevada KVVU newscast that discussed Lady Gaga’s efforts on the issue. 

Gaga fans also posted thank-yous and support tweets to Reid Wednesday morning. One wrote, “if gaga believes in you then u got us on ur side.”

A Gaga Facebook follower replied on Facebook, “I’m GAY AND LIVE in Harry Reid’s distirct! I will vote for HARRY REID because he is the ONLY choice. I LOVE YOU LADY GAGA!!!!!”

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Written by suziparker1313

March 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

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