Hey, we've all been there. We've all had jobs or done work just for the money.
Today I'm a proponent of "locally owned, locally grown," "buy local, shop local, eat local." I'm a nearly-vegan vegetarian (I did put mayo-based Cajun remoulade on my sandwich last night, so not there yet). But you know how I got through college?
"Welcome to McDonald's, would you like to try the new triple-fat fat McFatty today?"
Growing up slightly less than rich (okay, way more than slightly less), I understand doin' it because you need the money, but Lady Gaga isn't hurting for money: she's one of the richest stars on the planet.
Why, then — as the vice grip of intolerance and bigotry has seemed to tighten this year — is she playing a TV show that is blatantly and cruelly excluding her community in a very public way?
Later this week, La Gaga is playing the Meredith Vieira-helmed morning show in the midst of what is about to become a community-wide boycott. You see, the TODAY Show refuses to allow same-sex couples enter their "Modern Wedding" contest, despite same-sex marriage being legal in four states a short drive or train ride from the TODAY Show's Manhattan studio.
The show charges, "For the TODAY show wedding, the couple must be able to be legally married in New York, which is where the wedding will take place."
Of course, this just underscores the negligence of the New York state legislature who had had the chance to snag marriage equality for the past two years, and have blundered every step of the way. This should embolden our community to fight with more fervor, like groups such as Fight Back New York.
However, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) contends that New York recognizes out-of-state marriage licenses for same-sex couples. A couple could get their marriage licence in their home state — say Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hamshire, Iowa, Connecticut or Washington DC — and have the wedding in Times Square, and it would be recognized and legal in New York state.
Meanwhile, the openly bisexual Lady Gaga, who spoke out against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Larry King, has taken almost every opportunity to defend our community and marched along beside us at the National Equality March in October of 2009, but has said nothing about the TODAY Show's clearly outdated rules.
If Gaga doesn't plan to cancel her concert, the least she could do would be to make it an opportunity to make a bold statement. She could change the lyrics of Alejandro to "Al is unfair," the lyrics of "Bad Romance" from "I want your loving or your lover's revenge" to "We can't get married and we're taking revenge," or the lyrics of "Telephone" to "Stop banning, stop banning, gays deserve their shot on this show!"
In all seriousness, Lady Gaga needs to make a statement during her concert in defense of all of the second class citizens she claims community with. She could encourage viewers to sign the GLAAD petition, or call and write the producers. If not, you can bet there will be many folk in the crowd who do, and the competing messages may detract from the attention on her.
I would hope that the Gaga fans cognizant of this bigoted policy will help put the pressure on her to make a bold move. The question is, how do we make the "Haus of Ga" stand up and notice? There's got to be some "Little Monsters" out there who will Facebook, Tweet and blog about this, right?
Bottom line: this is a critical moment for Lady Gaga. She can just go ahead and make those dollars as planned, or she can take this stage and this very public opportunity to change hearts and minds and call attention to this blatantly homophobic policy.