This is cute:
I posted earlier that Lady Gaga would be attending a rally in Maine to drum up support for the repeal of “Did you say you were gay? Wait, wait, don’t tell me, I wasn’t asking! La la la I can’t hear you” law. Why Maine? Because if Senators Snowe and Collins vote along party lines then, it’s filibuster time! (STOP!):
More than 2,000 people attended a rally at Deering Oaks Park, where the Grammy Award-winning singer stood alongside Air Force, Army and Marine veterans who were discharged because of the policy, which prohibits service members from revealing if they’re gay and recruiters from asking about people’s sexual orientations.
Lady Gaga railed against what she called the injustice of having goodhearted gay soldiers booted from military service while straight soldiers who harbor hatred toward gays are allowed to fight for their country. She suggested a new policy should target straight soldiers who are “uncomfortable” with gay soldiers in their midst.
“Our new law is called ‘If you don’t like it, go home!’” she said.
The rally was organized by Washington-based Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. The organization is trying to pressure Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine to vote to allow a repeal of the “don’t ask” policy, put in place in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton.
The House has approved a defense authorization bill that includes a repeal of the “don’t ask” policy. In the Senate, Democrats need 60 votes on Tuesday to cut off debate and proceed to the bill, again putting Snowe and Collins in the role of casting what could be deciding votes.
Collins, who voted for a provision to repeal the “don’t ask” policy in the Armed Services Committee in May, said she favors changing the policy but disagrees with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to limit debate on the defense bill and to reject Republican amendments.
Snowe has not decided how she’ll vote on Tuesday, a spokesman said Monday.
The Senate votes tomorrow. My gut tells me that it will not pass1, and if it doesn’t pass, then Obama damn well better do something about it. Stop the discharges. Executive order. Set something on fire.
DO SOMETHING, PRESIDENT OBAMA.
Here’s a clip from Lady Gaga’s speech1: Continue reading
Say what you will about Lady Gaga, but at least she is doing something to aid the fight for the repeal of DADT:
Lady Gaga announced via Twitter Sunday evening that she would be attending a last-minute rally in Portland, Maine, on Monday targeted at convincing GOP senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to vote with Democrats to help break a filibuster that, if successful, could effectively kill the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal effort for the year.
“Meet me in Portland, Maine 2moro, 9/20 to help repeal #DADT. I’m holding a Rally + speaking live in Deering Oaks Park http://bit.ly/cO4cY9,” said the tweet sent from Lady Gaga’s account, @ladygaga, which has over 6.3 million followers.
The rally, which is being billed as “For the 14,000” discharged under the policy (or “#4the14k” in twitter speak), will be held at 4 p.m. Eastern, Monday, September 20, at Deering Oaks Park and has been organized by the pro-repeal lobby group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. A spokesman for SLDN said it was a last-ditch effort to garner the 60 votes needed to move the National Defense Authorization Act, to which the repeal measure is attached. The vote on the Senate floor is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.
“The votes to break Sen. John McCain’s filibuster are not there,” acknowledged Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of SLDN. “Senators Snowe and Collins of Maine are key to breaking the filibuster. With the vote Tuesday, we need everyone supporting repeal to call their senators.”
Trevor Thomas, director of communications for SLDN, said that since Collins and Snowe were two of the most likely GOP senators to vote against the filibuster, SLDN decided “it would be very strategic to bring an event to their own backyard.”
Lady Gaga is expected to implore all her fans and especially those attending the event to contact their senators via cell, Twitter, or e-mail in order to urge their support for ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
Good for her. I think Lady Gaga is definitely a little wacky, but people in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones all over the place. She’s doing something. She’s standing up for what she believes in. She’s got legions of fans, some of whom might just be dumb enough to “like gays” just because she says so. Hey, every little bit counts, right?
And to those who think she’s trying to increase her own celebrity, I say shut it. She’s already famous as fuck. She’s parlaying her celebrity into political action (and she’s been doing so for at least a year):
[Lady Gaga's PSA after the jump] Continue reading
Lady Gaga has been acting the fool at baseball games. She may or may not have been banned from the Yankees clubhouse because of her shenanigans at the Yankees/Mets game a few days ago, and a week prior, she acted the fool at a Mets game in Jerry Seinfeld’s box. (That doesn’t sound right, but I shall soldier on, nonetheless.)
Gaga barged into the Yankees clubhouse after the Yankees had lost to the Mets and was all drunk and slurring about how much she loves the Yankees. Needless to say, they weren’t particularly stoked about it since they had just had their asses handed to them by the Mets.
As a result of her tomfoolery, Steinbrenner cleverly deemed her “persona non gaga.” ::rimshot::
Eight days prior, she pissed off Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld. After swilling beer and flipping off the Mets (in a studded bikini, because she’s classy, y’all), she was booted from her front seat and moved into Seinfeld’s box. He was none to pleased, needless to say:
“This woman is a jerk. I hate her,” Seinfeld said during a WFAN radio interview on Monday, perhaps . “I can’t believe they put her in my box, which I paid for.”
Gaga, dressed in bra and swilling beer, was moved from her front row seat to Seinfeld’s empty box (without his knowledge) after flipping off photographers.
“You give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we’re living in now?” he said.
Seinfeld first said when asked about the June 10th incident, reports the NY Post, “I wish her the best.. you take one ‘A’ off of that and you’ve got gag.”
“I don’t know what these young people think or how they promote their careers,” Seinfeld said. “I’m older, I’m 56. I look at Lady Gaga the way Keith Hernandez watches these kids when they pull the pocket out, they wear the inside-out pocket. … Do you think he understands that? He can’t understand that. That’s a new game, that’s kids.”
He added, “I’m not one of these all-publicity-is-good people. People talk about you need exposure — you could die of exposure.”
I’m waiting for the inevitable Britneyfication of Gaga. Somebody wake me up when she shaves her head.
It’s pretty hilarious. Are they bored out there, or what?
“On the Rocks,” an a cappella group from University of Oregon, did a pretty fun arrangement of Bad Romance with a dash of Pokerface:
Back in the day, I was music director for Oberlin’s all women’s a cappella group, Nothing But Treble. (When I was at Oberlin, Ed Helms, of The Hangover and The Office fame, sang in the Obertones, the male a cappella group. Good times!) And when I say “back in the day,” I mean back before YouTube. Before LMAO. Before OMGLOLWTFBBQ!!
Anyway, I love me some a cappella. Don’t you?
Remember how when Michelle Obama met the queen she, like, felt her up and stuff? Well Lady Gaga met the Queen and while I have no confirmation that she molested the queen, I do have confirmation that she is totally fucking weird.
There is currently a 19 hour–yes NINETEEN HOUR–block of Lady Gaga videos, interviews and whatnot on some random cable channel. I’ve been watching for about 7 minutes and I can’t tell if she’s growing on me or if I’m having a seizure. I think… yep, it’s a seizure. I better change the channel. Anyone got a tongue depressor?
[See Gaga bow to the queen after the jump.]
Listen here, squeeple. I watched the VMAs. I’m still trying to figure out how to replenish the brain points I lost during those few hours last night. As soon as I saw Taylor Swift arrrive in a fucking horse and carriage, I knew that I should expect repeated brain explosions over the course of the night.
Here are my quick thoughts on the shenanigans:
1. Russell Brand acted like a twat. We get it. You like to get laid. One reference to your twig and two berries is one too many.
2. Kanye West is a doosh. He jumped on stage and acted the fool during the FIRST AWARD. Jebus. At least wait until the last half of the show when liquor and the extreme fuckery surrounding the whole affair might give you an excuse to act like such a jackhole. Not a good weekend for black people with respect to fool actin’.
3. If Taylor Swift had actually sung that dumb ass song in a subway, she likely would have had various rotten fruits lobbed at her head. Nonetheless, I felt badly for Taylor after Kanye burst on stage. She looked like someone pulled the plug on her grandma. (I’m looking at you, Obama!)
4. I was unaware that Eminem is still relevant. Will the real Slim Shady please go away?
5. Cyndi Lauper still kicks ass. As does Janet Jackson.
6. Lady Gaga showed up with Kermit the Frog, and looked like a moron. And her performance was–how do you say?–fucking weird. I get it. You were making a statement about the paparazzi. But, to their credit, when you walk around dressed like 120 pounds of hot crazy, you can’t expect the paps to leave you alone. She had 5 different costume changes, each crazier than the last. Also, hanging from the ceiling drenched in blood? This ain’t Carrie, sweetie. I get your message loud and clear: “I’m deranged.” Yes, yes we know. Now quit violating Kermit the Frog.
[Pictures, videos shot by YouTubers of their televisions, and fail after the jump.]