Tuesday, September 21

Lady Gaga: 'If You Don't Like It, Go Home!'

Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, joined a rally in Portland, Maine, Sept. 20, to urge conservative U.S. senators to repeal the military's controversial 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

Gaga and supportive crowd protesting the DADT policy.
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) is a seventeen-year-old military law that forbids gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in the United States military from expressing their sexuality in any sort of way.

Wearing a black suit, an American flag tie and large glasses, Gaga spoke to a crowd of 2,000 people in Deering Oaks Park about the discriminatory policy.

People held signs opposing DADT.
She compared the reasoning behind DADT to the defense of Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney, who tortured and murdered 21-year-old Matthew Sheppard in 1998 because he was a homosexual.

DADT targets a specific group of people and deprives them of an inalienable right; it is pretty much a hate crime in itself. Sheppard's murderers were sentenced to life in prison and, as Gaga pointed out, "laws have since been passed that homophobia cannot be used as defense anymore in hate crimes in our judicial system." So why is DADT an accepted policy by the government twelve years later?

Gaga proposed the idea of swapping 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' for a new law which she called, "If You Don't Like It, Go Home."

'If You Don't Like It, Go Home' would be "a law that sends home the homophobe; a law that sends home the prejudice; a law that doesn't prosecute the gay soldier who fights for equality with no problem, but prosecutes the straight soldier who fights against it [or] it sends home the straight soldier who fights for some freedom, for some equalities, but not for the equalities of the gay," Gaga explained, receiving cheers and applause from the supportive crowd.

Gaga's constitutional proposition would be an excellent alternative to the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that undermines equality, which Gaga referred to as "the prime rib of America."

Click Read More for a video of Gaga's speech.

Mmflint. "FULL: Lady Gaga Rallies for Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in Portland, Maine - 9/20/10."
20 Sept. 2010. Online video clip. YouTube. 20 Sept. 2010.

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