September 17th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Lady Gaga calls on senators 'to do your job'

 Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress 'to do your job'.
Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress 'to do your job'.


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Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress "to do your job" - calling specifically on Sens. John McCain, Mitch McConnell, James Inhoffe, and Jeff Sessions to vote on the defense authorization bill, which includes authorization to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' after a Pentagon review. Republicans have been blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor. 'Don't ask, don't tell', is the law that was created in 1993 and bans openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the military.

In the almost 8-minute video posted on her website, the artist asks her fans to call their representatives and let their voice be heard: "Our fight is a continuum of the ever present equal rights movement, everyday we fight to abolish laws that harbor hatred and discrimination against all people, laws that infringe on our civil liberties," she says.

The singer, who in recent days has taken to her twitter account engaging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to schedule a vote to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell," asks the senators these questions: "Senators when you are sending our men and women into war, 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?"

Gaga herself also makes an unsuccessful attempt to reach her own senators, New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, but left this on camera message: "I am calling to ask the senator to vote with senators Harry Reid and Carl Levin to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' and to 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.'"

Gillibrand later posted her response via Twitter "@ladygaga Thx for calling. I couldn't agree more and am helping lead the fight to repeal DADT. Do you have a moment to talk later today?"

Gaga tweeted back, "@ChuckSchumer @SenGillibrand Thank you for responding, it means so much that you support us on this issue. Let's get this passed. Talk monday?"

Lady Gaga who was escorted by four soldiers who have been affected by 'don't ask, don't tell' to the MTV Video Music Awards this year, also shares that she was shocked to hear how much the soldiers who had been discharged missed serving their country. She tells congress, "We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality, we are asking you to do your job, to protect the constitution."

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. ABM

    I wish there were more people with the common sense to call these pols to tell them to DO the RIGHT THING and stop following the party line of Obstruction.

    Way to go LG! Thank you.

    September 17, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Steph

    You go girl!

    I'm happy to hear that her real name is also Stephanie, and that she is willing to speak out for what is right.

    Thank you Lady Gaga!

    September 17, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Hammerer

    Now that is a voice that should get some attention. Really who cares what lady gaga thinks.
    Oh well she knows about as much as the other "experts".

    September 17, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Shellz and Cheeze

    She is annoying. She should just stick to singing.

    September 17, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Kate

    I don't particularly love Lady Gaga, but that was very well put. I know, I know, "Who cares what a celebrity thinks, blah, blah, blah." She is a celebrity, but she's also an American citizen. She seems to be educated. Calling her congressman is great. It's what we should all be doing to repeal the positively stone aged "don't ask don't tell" policy.

    September 17, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. vic, Nashville TN

    Thanks lady Gaga the problems is our senators lost their back bone when they become senators

    September 17, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. jim

    This is odd because it was Obama himself that asked for the delay so that Sec.Gates could get more information of how this policy change would affect the military.Apparently,she has no problem with him and blames everyone else.

    September 17, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    "In the almost 8-minute video posted on her website, the artist asks her fans to call their representatives and let their voice be heard..."

    And you STIFF NECKS in DC better take heed that Lady Gaga has over 6 Million fans – Whew! DON'T ignore the calls because that will make it WORST!!!

    DEMOCRATS – STATE the CASE – UNITE the BASE and we will WIN this race in November!!

    T'SAH from Virginia – the Liberal – approves this message!!

    September 17, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Chris (DC)

    She is a pathetic attention grabber. Too bad she doesn't just sing and stop rambling with that droaning voice of Don't Ask Don't Tell. I was in the military and think everyone should be able to serve soly on their desire and ability. Now, let me be clear. I am 100% behind the repeal. However, for her to come out recently wearing a meat dress is pathetic. Clearly she has no social awareness for anything other than herself and her fan base who buy records. How about sending a message of horrible waste during tough times? How about thinking it ok to kill animals and wear them for fashion? Pathetic.

    September 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. MR AMERICA

    Hey at least the left doesn't VOTE for their celeb nuts, like Reagan, Thompson, Eastwood, Arnold, McMahon, Ventura.....

    The Dems only have Franken in office and some outspoken celebs.

    September 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If they don't repeal it Lady Gaga, just make a character assassination song about them and make sure it makes it to #1 on the billboards.

    September 17, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. darla

    And i will call all media to stop Over hyping and over exploiting this twit.
    LADY GAGA PLEASE HAVE A TALENT, SOMETHING THAT IS UNIQUELY YOU. YOUR ONLY FAMOUS BECAUSE THIS SENATORS VOTED TO CUT FUNDING FOR ART AND MUSIC APPRECIATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOL. IF DIDN'T DO THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THAT UNDESERVING SUCCESS THAT YOUR ENJOYING RIGHT NOW . EVEN IF YOU DEFACATED IN FRONT OF THE PEOPLE TO CATCH ATTENTION

    IN OTHER WORDS YOUR ONLY FAMOUS BECAUSE THE KIDS RIGHT NOW HAVE NO COMPREHENSIONS ABOUT WHAT REAL MUSIC IS AND DRAWING ATTENTION BECAUSE YOUR RIDICULOUSLY INSANE.

    September 17, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. carlos

    Lady Gaga, as a Nam Vet, I salute you and thank you for telling those STALLERS and OBSTRUCTIONISTS talipublicans, I also salute ALL of my fellow vets and those brave men ans women currently serving in our Armed Forces.....our HEROES

    September 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Tim

    Really, who cares. Don't you ever get embarrased by running these types of stories?

    September 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Well that settles it for me.

    If Lady Gaga says so, I'm going to drop my lifelong conservatism and become a card-carrying member of the democratic party, PETA, and the ACLU.

    Pathetic.

    September 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. why is this news?

    What is it about entertainers that they think they are so important? The only person GAGa is influencing is Harry Reid. The fact that she got a tweet back from Harry is pretty sad. It tells you alot about our leadership in Washington. I guess Reid is riding the coattails of Obama's Hollywood infatuation. Get your head together Reid and do your job...listen to your constituents and not the single voice of some overrated pop-singer/entertainer. She can't vote for you. She doesn't live in Nevada!!!!

    September 17, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. bbrooker

    Props to Lady Gaga for taking a stand on this moral issue. Way too many artists and musicians standing on the sidelines while these far right social conservatives are threatening to turn back the clock.

    September 17, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. hangemhi

    Like I'm interested in what gag gag has to say. I'd rather hear what that wing nut ex VP's daughter says. At least she looks pretty

    September 17, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Debby

    This is hilarious this so called woman is a joke. LOL

    September 17, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Eunice

    This is the sickest weidest woman yet. Not only is she trying to tell others what to do but she doesn't know if she is a woman or a piece of meat. More like rotted disguised meat.

    September 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Geoffrey

    Lady Gaga looks like a clown in black and white up against the backdrop of the US flag. While I agree that. "don't ask don't tell" should be repealed, I don't thing that a drugged out appearing Bozo is one to be taken seriously.

    September 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Hugo

    Freakazoid?? Why would anyone even listen to someone like Lady Goo Goo, send her to Afghanistan to entertain the Taliban.

    September 17, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Anti-Gaga

    Ms. Gaga,

    Unfortunately, there are places and people in America that don't agree with your world view.

    Feel free to vote you conscience. Others will vote their conscience. You know, democracy?

    Viva the US Constitution!

    September 17, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Bruce

    Who cares what lady Gage ME thinks. She's just one person with an opinion like everyone else. Sorry, gays should NOT be allowed in the military and if they ARE in the military then they need to be booted out,. Period. Look into the issues Gage Me before you open your mouth. You sound like an idiot.

    September 17, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Laurie

    Way to go Lady Gaga!

    September 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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