US pop star Lady GaGa in her recent black and white video, sits in a white chair in front of the American flag, wearing a black suit with a white shirt and thin black tie as she eloquently delivers a message to the Senate, in particular her Senator asking them to repeal the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy used in the military.
Lady GaGa starts off by saying, “To my fellow Americans, the Senate, Senators John McCain (Arizona), Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), James M. Inhofe (Oklahoma), Jeff Sessions (Alabama) and youth all over the world who are watching – ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is a law that was created in 1993 that prevents gays from serving openly in the military. Since then 14,000 Americans have been discharged from the armed forces.”
“In short, not only is the law unconstitutional, but it’s not even being properly or fairly enforced by the government,” Gaga says.
“Our fight is a continuum of the ever-present equal rights movement. Every day we fight to abolish laws that harbor hatred and discriminate against all people, laws that infringe on our civil liberties.”
“I am here to be a voice for my generation, not the generation of the senators who are voting, but for the youth of this country, the generation that is affected by this law and whose children will be affected,” Gaga says.
“We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality. We’re asking you to do your job, to protect the Constitution.”
“As Majority Leader Harry Reid said, anyone who is willing to fight for this country should have the same civil opportunity to do so as anyone else. It’s my belief that no one person is more valuable than another.”
Gaga goes on to talk about some of the veterans discharged under DADT she’s met through the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
“The most shocking discovery for me was to hear them all say how much they miss serving and protecting our nation, how they joined the Armed Forces because they believe in America,” Gaga says.
“Senators, when you’re sending your men and women into war, when you’re sending our wives, husbands, sons and daughters into combat, will you honor their service? Will you support repealing this law on Tuesday and pledge to them that no American’s life is more valuable than another?”
At the end of the video Gaga calls the Capitol Switchboard and asks for the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York. After a dozen or so rings, she gets a busy signal. Then she tries Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, whose voice mailbox is full.
“I will not stop calling until I reach them and I can leave them this message,” Gaga says. “I am a constituent of the senator. My name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also known as Lady Gaga.”
“I’m calling to ask the senator to vote with Sens. Harry Reid and Carl Levin to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and oppose John McCain’s shameless filibuster. We need to do this for our gay and lesbian soldiers and finally repeal ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’
“Try calling after 9 a.m. tomorrow morning,” Gaga says. “I’ll be on the phone, too. Thank you. God bless.” The number for the Capitol switchb0ard is 202-224-3121.
The call-to-action is perhaps the singer’s most forward step into the political arena. In her ever-growing role as an activist, Gaga has partnered with Human Rights Campaign, spoke at the National Equality March Rally, criticized Arizona’s discriminatory new immigration enforcement law and, most recently, brought four veterans discharged from the military under DADT as her dates to the Video Music Awards. [Legal Defence Network via Dallas Voice and Pop Eater]