TodayShow.com contributor Tony Sciafani writes about what might have gone wrong with Lady Gaga’s attempt to get lawmakers to overturn the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Lady Gaga’s “attempt at educating the public on the policy was undercut by the outlandish style she presented it in,” says Sciafani.
First of all, the name of her speech, “The Prime Rib of America,” was leftover from the gala affair all over her meat dress. This was not a serious title, or at least not serious for the population she needed to reach, Sciafani points out.
Although this is who we know Lady Gaga to be, the seriousness of the issue might have been presented in a serious way. He cites Bono’s attempt to change Jesse Helm’s thinking on the issue of AIDS; when the superstar met with Helm, he did so with a bible in his hand. You know, “when in Rome do what the Roman’s do.”
If Gaga had toned it down when addressing the issue, she might have made more headway. The entertainment venue suits Gaga just fine, but we saw what happened when Colbert went to the lawmakers in costume. Many did not take him seriously, according to the Orlando Sentinel. It was a serious topic he was there to present, but it got lost in his attempt at a comical presentation.
Scianfani talks about the flamboyant “drag queen appearance” that Lady Gaga offered along with her “gay soldiers” on the red carpet at the MTV awards as making a point to her followers. This spectacle of flare was more than likely lost on the people who could have changed the law.
As Scianfani said, most of Lady Gaga’s fans were probably on board, so this was not the population she needed to impress. Lady Gaga needed to sway people who might not understand or enjoy the over-the-top entertainment venue that she appears in wherever she goes.
Lady Gaga would probably have turned more heads if the intellectual side of her bulked up with a bit of a conservative twist, and this was what she offered to the men and women who had the power to change this policy.
Scianfani made his case eloquently and did not come off as a “hater” — he just pointed out where the Lady Gaga speech might have gone if some of the circumstances around its presentation were different.
No “hater” here either, just agreeing that Lady Gaga’s Maine speech may have caught more ears in Washington if she found some common ground to step out on. It took a woman of brilliance to get to where she is today.
Lady Gaga has created an entertainment package of music, glam, and flamboyancy that is one of a kind. Maybe stepping into the political arena with a little less of this, she might have made more headway in her battle, or at least caught the attention of a few more lawmakers and be taken more seriously with her cause.
It might have just been an oversight on our lady of glam when she didn’t take into consideration whom she needed to reach with this speech; again, her followers were all on board, so the efforts needed to be pointed in a different direction.
Reference: Tony Sclafani, “Lady Gaga’s Political Foray Admirable But Flawed” Today Show.com contributor