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Gaga gets political

September 23rd, 2010

Lady Gaga showed her support for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a YouTube video released Friday. Specifically, Gaga called on several Republican senators, asking them to allow the issue to go to vote.

As a policy, DADT is the problem-solving equivalent of duct tape – a quick fix for when the acting entity is too lazy or cheap to fix something properly or too uninformed to do so.

DADT is a policy based on indecision. Rather than addressing the issue of the right of gay people to serve in the U.S. military, it is a way to circumvent the issue of homosexuality. The military won’t ask a soldier to disclose information about sexuality, and soldiers can be gay or lesbian, as long as they keep it a secret.

A thoughtful discussion about individual freedoms, morality, humanity, national pride and dedication to service was the cost of the policy, which lacked accountability and dismissed concerns on both sides of the debate by requiring everyone to ignore it.

The Senate had a chance to address DADT again on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, a filibuster prevented the necessary conversation and vote about gays in the military from happening once again.

Filibusters exemplify a lack of confidence in one side’s ability to make an argument for his or her case. Instead of developing a stronger argument, a filibuster is used to stanch discussion about an issue and avoid voting on it.

An issue is imprisoned without a fair trial, so to speak. Unfortunately, that was the case this week.

In her video, Lady Gaga asked Senators McCain, McConnell, Inhofe, and Sessions to prevent a filibuster and take the issue to vote, making an eloquent argument in favor of repeal.

She also called on her fans to submit their own videos. Several did, and their responses are featured in a follow-up video on her website.

For a woman who built her career on inciting the shock-factor, it is ironic that the most shocking thing about this video is that Lady Gaga looks rather subdued, wearing a tailored, black suit jacket, white button-up and a tie.

In the video, which is in black and white, Lady Gaga is sitting infront of an American Flag delivering her message.

Her costume is that of a trendy businesswoman. It’s uninteresting and shows a great deal of savvy. She knows her audience. It seems unlikely that respected politicians would take her seriously in a leotard and meat-slab platform shoes.

Her appeal to Senate Republicans was not enough to persuade them to prevent the filibuster, but the attempt was admirable. She inspired her fans to get involved and generated a lot of good publicity for her cause.

Lady Gaga put her celebrity power to good use last week. She made a poised plea to politicians and her fans, and she was not drunk, sensational or offensive in its delivery.