6 July 2011
by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Lady Gaga has been hit for, basically, being seen as using LGBT rights issues to sell records. This is especially true since her song “Born This Way” hit the airwaves. She has also called for same-sex marriage legalization, led Pride parades, lobbied both politicians and companies with regards to LGBT rights, and pushed for the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
She spoke to the Advocate where she said that this criticism was “ridiculous”.
“To say that I would use the gay community to sell records is probably one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me as a person.
“I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.”
She also pushed back against the criticism by explaining an anecdote about a young gay soldier she met in Best Buy. She said
“He was afraid that he would be discharged and that he would be judged or found out. [He said] that the fight in America against ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the fight for equality made him feel stronger and made him feel safe, and he gave me his service jacket.”
“And we just held each other and cried. Anyone who says that I’m not genuine is not interested in overcoming this fight. That was such a pure and wonderful moment that we shared, and I remember thinking, There’s no album sale, no number 1, that could compete with this moment. That is what the f**k it’s all about. What the f**k it’s all about is if I can write one song that could change one person’s life.”
It might be said that Lady Gaga chose to show support for her core fans, who were there before she began pushing for LGBT rights.