Lady Gaga was angered, saddened, and moved by the suicide of her devoted fan 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer. Rodemeyer apparently hanged himself as a result of the constant bullying he received at school and online. And in response, Lady Gaga is urging President Obama to pass a nationwide anti-bullying bill. Plus, she’s got 14 million Twitter monsters to help apply some pressure.
It’s not the Lady’s first foray into LGBT politics—she spoke at the 2009 Washington D.C. Equality March and at a Maine rally against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last year. And though she gets criticized for having such a devoted fan base despite her relatively short career, she does appeal to a large base of young voters who, if properly instructed, could easily launch a campaign to get businesses, school districts, and politicians to start taking bullying seriously.
Plus, Gaga’s already got a meeting scheduled with Obama. Yes, it could just be for good press, but there’s always the hope that she can relate to the little monster inside Obama and ignite a new passion to protect all kids bullied by other, no matter their identity.
By the way, Jamey Rodemeyer’s parents say they’re gonna bury Jamey in a Born This Way t-shirt.
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