Joanne Defends Her Little Monsters
Mother Monster steps up and gets political
The 2016 Presidential race has been the worst reality show to date and the season finale disappointed those of who wanted Hillary Clinton to win. Donald Trump, despite the constant bigotry, racist comments, and misogynistic attitude, is now the official President-elect of the United States of America. The public, who chose Hillary, is not happy.
Protests have sprung up all over the country, either in person or using hashtags such as: #NotMyPresident and #LoveTrumpHates. Celebrities such as Katy Perry, Matt McGorry, Aimee Carrero, Chrissy Teigen, Chris Evans, and Rashida Jones have spoken up against their fellow celebrity being President-elect.
Lady Gaga, however, has arguably been the most vocal and active celebrity since the results were announced Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Even before the results were announced, Gaga had been active on all her social media accounts, urging her fans to go out and vote. But more specifically, to vote for Clinton.
Celebrity endorsement is not something unheard of, especially in Clinton’s campaign. Stars such as Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, and Beyoncé have publicly supported the candidate. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson had Clinton appear in one of their episodes of Broad City. New Girl also had an episode, without an appearance of Clinton, making it obvious that two female leads of the show supported Clinton and even mocked Trump fans.
So…what makes Lady Gaga’s endorsement so special?
It is Gaga going out into the streets of New York City to protest America’s new President-elect that makes her such a boss-ass bitch.
She’s not making this about how unfair Clinton’s loss has been, but instead is doing her best to protect the future of her “little monsters.” Her foundation, Born This Way, was created to empower youths and spread kindness in the world. Gaga has also always been a strong advocate for human rights.
Other celebrities have spoken up against the future POTUS by making large donations to charities and other services, such as Planned Parenthood.
Gaga took to the streets and protested in front of the Trump Towers in New York City after the election results were announced. Since then, she has switched her Twitter account handle to #CountryofKindness and has posted a list of national help lines for the LGTBQ community on her Instagram.
Gaga has recently had big projects come her way, from being confirmed as next year’s Super Bowl Half-time performance to working on her actor’s resume by appearing as Donatella Versace in the third season of American Crime Story. Not mentioning her newest album, Joanne, which allowed her to claim a fourth №1 on Billboard’s 200 charts.
So why risk it all? Her newest album, is a huge leap from her first, The Fame Monster, as she steps away from pop music and into country. This allows her to reach a whole new audience, a Southern audience, an audience that gave Trump the needed electoral votes to win. Yet, she stood in front of Trump Towers and was vocal about the future POTUS, that Clinton should have won the presidency.
In an essay about womanhood, Gaga writes about the connection between her and her deceased aunt, Joanne, her motivation to be vocal about this election and her inspiration.
“I thought about Joanne as I was watching the news during the election about the scandal surrounding the Access Hollywood tape. Here we were, in 2016, and the fact that the sort of language that was being used to talk about women was everywhere — on TV, in politics — was eye-opening. I felt depressed and hurt by it because that’s what that kind of language does.”
Trump’s language towards women has angered and upset so many people, the way he expresses himself on the female gender and minorities is not the way I would like my President to speak about the public.
As a Hispanic female of immigrant parents, I would not want my President to call me a criminal or a rapist, or to motivate any man by saying “grab her by the pussy.”
So I’d like to thank Lady Gaga, for using her voice, which reaches farther than mine, to speak up against him. To risk her fame, her money, her fans, by speaking up against a man who goes against everything she believes in.