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Lady Gaga’s New Video: A Message to Senators on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Lady Gaga is back at political activism.

On Monday night, Lady Gaga released a two-minute black-and-white video via YouTube to update her fans on the status of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“Right now, we’re looking at tomorrow being a very important day for you guys all to really be paying attention,” she says, sitting on a couch in what appears to be a dressing room.

She adds: “Senators you have been put on notice by me and by the people of this country. You said you would debate and address this law when the Pentagon returned with a strategy and tomorrow morning you will have. Will you keep your word?”

Pentagon officials hit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to hand out advance copies of their study regarding DADT. They will brief staff members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee in the morning. Supporters of the DADT repeal have urged Congress to allow the defense authorization bill and its repeal of DADT to come up for a vote once the study is released during the lame-duck session of Congress.

In a short bobbed blond wig and black sunglasses, Lady Gaga says that it is crucial that the Senate vote this week on the bill “otherwise it could take years for it to happen.”

“Social repression is currently running rampant in this country as many of you know,” Lady Gaga says in the video. “Kids are being led to believe that it’s OK to hate and condemn based on our differences and this recent horrific news of gay suicides is really proof of our social repression and ultimately government repression that is killing our youth.”

Lady Gaga says that the law should be repealed because it “reinforces discrimination” and “is setting a bad example” for this country’s youth.

The international pop star has been behind repealing DADT for several months. In September, she invited retired gay and lesbian service members to escort her to the MTV Video Music Awards to bring awareness to the issue. She also got Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attention when she called him out on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

This is Lady Gaga’s second video on the issue. In September she also released a video telling her fans, which are called Little Monsters, to call their senators and ask them to support a repeal of DADT. She targeted Sen. John McCain of Arizona in that video. He is likely again to be a roadblock in this latest DADT battle.

Lady Gaga also traveled to Maine in September for a rally to persuade Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to vote for the repeal. They voted against it.

Lady Gaga informs her Little Monsters to go to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network website for information on contacting senators.

In the end, Lady Gaga, 24, defends her role in the cause: “Political activism when you’re a pop singer can be kinda trivial but in truth I feel very close to all of you and … you’re screaming, ‘Please end this law.’ Equality for all.”

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Written by suziparker1313

March 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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