Lady Gaga is well known for stirring the pot while advocating for buzzy causes like gay rights, and now she’s using her sizable cultural influence to stand up against SB 1070, the controversial Arizona immigration law. At her Monster Ball show in Phoenix on Saturday evening, the pop star encouraged her “little monsters” to not sit idle in regards to the law: “We have to be active. We have to actively protest,” she told her audience. Since the news of SB 1070 came down, several heavyweights in the music biz have boycotted the state, but Gaga said she won’t do the same.
“I will not cancel my show. I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will protest this state,” Gaga told her audience. “I got a phone call from a couple really big rock-n-rollers, big pop stars, big rappers, and they said: ‘We’d like you to boycott Arizona. We’d like you to boycott playing Arizona because of SB 1070.’ And I said: ‘You really think that us dumb f—ing pop stars are going to collapse the economy of Arizona?'” And that’s when she urged fans to protest. “The nature of the Monster Ball is to actively protest prejudice and injustice and that bullshit that is put on our society!” See her whole impassioned speech here:
My favorite part of her plea? When she says: “If it wasn’t for all you immigrants, this country wouldn’t have s—.” There’s nothing truer. Hello! We’re all immigrants, at least somewhere in our lineage. Do you agree with Gaga about protesting? Or do you think she should have joined the protest and canceled her Arizona show instead? Sound off below!
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