Rather than boycott the entire state of Arizona over SB 1070 (and, let’s not forget, the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage), Lady Gaga showed up as planned in Phoenix on Saturday night.
And she did exactly what we hoped: Used her concert to raise awareness about discriminatory laws. “You really think that us dumb fucking pop stars are going to collapse the economy in Arizona?” she relayed in a story to attendees. “I will not cancel my show. I will yell and I will scream louder.”
Because for all the kids calling for boycotts of Arizona — like the tools at the Human Rights Campaign — there are 100,000 queer Arizonans who would directly suffer from such a boycott. And if you were really serious about boycotting states that put discriminatory laws on the books, you’ve got 42 of America’s 50 states that you cannot visit, patronize, or say nice things about. Until you’re ready to make that commitment, quit this other freakin’ nonsense.