“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is wrong,” Lady Gaga, a.k.a. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, said yesterday at a political rally organized by the Service Members Legal Defense Network in Portland, Maine. “It is unjust, and fundamentally against all that we stand for as Americans.”
Lady Gaga publicly opposed the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law, which prohibits homosexual soldiers from serving openly in the United States military, last week with a video targeted at United States senators, asking them to vote to repeal this law. Following this video, she took her views to Portland yesterday, with a speech she called “The Prime Rib of America,” asking Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to support the repeal.
“Equality is the prime rib of America,” she proclaimed as the platform of her speech, saying that, under Don’t Ask Don’t tell, someone who is homosexual, “doesn’t get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat the country has to offer.”
She made many valid points on why the law needs to be repealed, including that senators like John McCain are using homophobia as defense of this law. “Senators have cited that homosexuals serving openly cause disruption to unit cohesion and morale,” she said, saying that, if this is the case, “we should send home the prejudice, the straight soldier who hates the gay soldier.”
She even went so far as to propose a new law, which she called “If you don’t like it, go home.”
This law would “send home the soldier that has the problem,”, the homophobic soldier.
“I thought equality was non negotiable,” Lady Gaga said, “If you are not honorable enough to fight without prejudice, go home.”
The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal is set to be voted on today in the Senate. Whether or not this speech will affect the outcome is yet to be seen, but Lady Gaga’s massive following will make her views hard to ignore.
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