Pop star says the law is unconstitutional and urges viewers to get involved before next week’s vote
It may not have the pulsing rhythm of “Poker Face” or the sex drenched choreography of “Alejandro,” but Lady Gaga hopes her latest video will be another viral video sensation.
The pop star has a message for the Senate — repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Clinton era policy prohibits gay men and women from serving openly in the military.
Gaga filmed a seven minute, black and white message to legislators who are scheduled to vote on the measure next week. Senate Republicans have vowed to filibuster the measure. To dial up the importance of her message, Gaga stands in front of an American flag.
Don’t look for one any of her patented sequins or pumps. Instead Gaga trades in her outrageous outfits for a more conservative suit and tie, while filming the public service announcement on behalf of Service Members Legal Defense Network.
“I am here to be a voice for my generation. Not the generation of the senators who are voting, but for the youth of this country,” Gaga says. “We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality. We are asking you to do your job — to protect the Constitution.”
Gaga then urges viewers to call their senators to urge them to oppose a filibuster. Thus begins the instructional element of the show as Gaga calls Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY).
Gillibrand’s voicemail is full and Schumer’s line rings repeatedly before eventually disconnecting.
“I will not stop calling until I reach them to tell them to vote with Sen. Harry Reid to end John McCain’s ‘shameless filibuster,’” Gaga says.