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Lady Gaga at VMAs calls for repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

By Ed O'Keefe


Lady Gaga arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards with former members of the military. (Video by MTV.com)

Gay rights advocates hoping to convince the U.S. Senate to move quickly on repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy have enlisted a big-name lobbyist: Lady Gaga.

The voice behind "Bad Romance" and "Alejandro" won several prizes at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday night, but also turned heads by waltzing down the red carpet with four former service members impacted by the Pentagon's gay ban (see the video above).

Gaga (panned this weekend by cultural critic Camille Paglia for "the death of sex") escorted former U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall, former Air Force Major Mike Almy, and former U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Stacy Vasquez, who were discharged under the policy, and former West Point cadet Katie Miller, who resigned last month in protest of the policy. The four are represented by the nonpartisan Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which is pushing for repeal.

SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis said Gaga's move "casts a spotlight on the unjust burden that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' imposes upon the brave men and women who defend our country every day, and further underscores why the Senate must swiftly act to get rid of this despicable law for good."

Gaga also typed her support for a repeal on Twitter: "Silks, fabrics, shoes + jewels, fashion dreams + breaking rules. Real heroes on my arm, tonight, is for us monsters, and our fight. X." Her Web site also will direct supporters to call the U.S. Capitol switchboard to urge the Senate to include a repeal in the annual Defense spending bill. The House's version of the bill already includes a repeal.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 12, 2010; 10:18 PM ET
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Posted by: heinzefletcher | September 12, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

How is that incoherent Twitter entry a statement of support for don't ask, don't tell? It is nothing but non sequitur. This empress has no clothes, a manufactured "star". Puh-leeze.

Posted by: drapernm | September 12, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I so want to be about to 'don't care'. The real freaks in this whole issue are the ones who get wound up opposing it.

Posted by: Nymous | September 13, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse

It's too bad that so many liberals take these Hollywood freaks so seriously. This GaGa weirdo is a plastic, orgiastic bimbo of streetwalker calibre.

A horrible, pornographic example to young people and she's probably ever so slightly, mentally disturbed. Most of these exhibitionistic performers are.

GaGa is probably hurting the homosexual cause but that's OK by me.

Posted by: battleground51 | September 13, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Lady Gaga should enlist. She'd be the lesbian's dream date in the dorm showers.

Posted by: nuke41 | September 13, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Lady Gaga isn't anywhere as loony as Christine O'Donnell who is the Tea Party favorite in the Delaware GOP primary.

Posted by: James10 | September 13, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

The MTV awards are the real predictors of where this nation is heading, while the madhatters of the tea party generation swiftly fade into obscurity along with their hatrid, bigotry, and ignorance.

Posted by: Continuum | September 13, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Lady Gaga's opinion on anything outside of entertainment and fashion is completely unimportant and certainly not newsworthy.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 13, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Taking politically advise from a woman, or is she really a man?

That said she would be dead, if she hadn't achieved fame from her first hit "Just Dance?

"Narcissism" to the nth Degree of Creepiness!

Posted by: theaz | September 13, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Forgetthis. Lady Gaga's opinion outside of music, entertainment and fashion is completely worthless. Gaga, stick to what you know. I went to her concert and do like her music, songs, and voice; although, I felt like I was at a gay rights rally during the entire show.

Personally, I think she has schizophrenic characteristics with flattened affect, but hey....she's a great singer.

Posted by: shalshah | September 13, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Forgetthis. Lady Gaga's opinion outside of music, entertainment and fashion is completely worthless. Gaga, stick to what you know. I went to her concert and do like her music, songs, and voice; although, I felt like I was at a gay rights rally during the entire show.

Personally, I think she has schizophrenic characteristics with flattened affect, but hey....she's a great singer.

Posted by: shalshah | September 13, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Well! I feel **so-o-o** much better since Lady Gag Gag wieghed in!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | September 13, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Oops - weighed in!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | September 13, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes, heaven forbid we should ever be taking politically advise from a woman! Better instead to follow sexistly coment from a chimp!

Posted by: Vails1 | September 13, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Ed, I think you can feel safe signing up now. Obama won't enforce DADT.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 13, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why Lady GaGa is being bashed for voicing her opinion; especially since what she's talking about is very important. I know a man in the military that's gay and he has to be very careful about it because he's scared of the effects it brings. I'm glad to hear that GaGa is putting a spotlight on this issue because it affects many people. Why would anybody be against gay people serving anyways? They do their job and live their lives like everyone else in the military. Regardless, the younger generation is slowly taking more power in the government.

Posted by: AngelJ | September 13, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

This "Lady" Gaga maggot weirdo can't possibly do the homosexual agenda much good except for the "Rolling Stoners" that are mostly all pro-homo already.

It's like preaching to Satan's Choir.

Posted by: battleground51 | September 14, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

It is funny most of Hollywood that has an opinion on things they have never done or experienced. Lady Gaga has never served our nation in the military and she is just using this issue to gain poultry and to make more money. If you can't see that you are blind. The most recent stun at the VMA's her escorts shouldn't be wearing uniforms since they are no longer in the service that is wrong. It comes down to males and females do not shower together because it is uncomfortable to do so, and could potentially create significant problems. So why should gay men and women be allowed to shower with other men and women that they could potentially be attracted too? Also, what about the other people in the unit that would feel uncomfortable with showering or field bathing with gay people. I know most people will say get over it you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable, I would tell them why should I be the one that has to get over it! I am not suggesting that every gay man is attracted to every man he sees. Combat is stressful enough without adding additional things to complicate the already complicated situation.

Posted by: jphalladay | September 14, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Before you stop the DADT policy you should understand what it means to be in the military. It is to the collective, not the individual. At any point, I must be prepared to sacrifice the few for the greater good of the many. The DADT policy was established to relieve the “witch hunts” which ruined people’s careers because they had an effeminate demeanor. DADT was to give people the opportunity to be who they are without fear of being investigated based on assumptions. I know I serve with Gay people…That is not the issue.
Just because the DADT policy exists, does not mean that the military accepts homosexuality. It is clear that is does not. By enlisting in the military while being Gay is a lie to start off with. It takes up slots and runs the risk of the government spending a lot of money to train someone only to have them kicked out. Is this fair to the units that need these specialties filled? If they repeal DADT, I hope they go back to asking and denying Gay’s from serving, for the benefit of the Many.
Now you may say "get over it…it is the future" but what you don't understand is that once you sign the contract (Gay or straight), you lose many of your rights. You cannot just quit if you do not like your job or the people you work with. You have no say over who you room with. But you know it will be a male if you are a male or a female if you are a female.
Unlike gender or race, you can choose your sexuality. You can choose to or not to have sex with persons of the same sex. Now I am not suggesting that people can choose who they are attracted to. But sex is a choice. There are plenty of people in this world living a life of celibacy. I am married, and in Iraq…I am not having sex; nor will I for one year.
By coming into the military, you also agree not to do drugs. If you do drugs, you get kicked out. We kick people out for non-disclosure of pre-existing injuries and numerous other reasons. Also...please don't call me a homophobic. It is a label, of which you need to understand, means you have an irrational fear of something. Just because I do not agree with homosexuality, does not mean that I have a phobia against gay people. I just choose not to support their agenda (Love the sinner, hate the sin). My sister is a lesbian...I love her, I just do not support her choice. I should not be forced to either. It is "Abnormal". This is not a bad word...it just is not the "Normal". With only 3% of the population being gay, it is not the normal or intended way we were supposed to be together. Just as you would not force me to be Jewish or Hindu, or Muslim, and I would not force you to be Christian (All choice related items)...why do I have to agree with this Gay lifestyle? Please stop violating my civil rights.

Posted by: 69shark | September 15, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

69shark, no one is violating your civil rights. You have freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and all the other rights of an American citizens. You can join the military so long as you meet the age/fitness requirements. Because others think differently from you, or life differently, does not mean your civil rights have been taken away. Forcing someone out of the military for any reason other than failure to perform their duties is a violation of their civil rights. If you want yours, leave everyone else's alone.

Posted by: Jimcracky | September 17, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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