Lady Gaga responds to Don't Ask, Don't Tell defeat

Lady-GagaImage Credit: Cliff Kucine/Getty ImagesLady Gaga, who gave a speech in Maine on Monday, continued the drumbeat for the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, even as Senators balked at a bill that would open the door to changing the controversial restrictions on openly homosexual soldiers serving in the armed forces. Gaga posted a message on her website, writing, “Today was an enormous disappointment, for myself, and for many young American people. Not only because Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was not repealed by our senators, but moreover because legislative procedure is being abused to stop public business, public debates, from happening while America is watching…. I will keep fighting, I will not give up.”

The singer also tweeted to Arizona Republican John McCain, “the language in defense bill says it will not enforce DADT repeal until pentagon review + president signs. Why block debate?”

McCain hadn’t responded from his own Twitter account.

Read more:
Lady Gaga at ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ rally in Maine: Watch her speech here
Lady Gaga asks the Senate to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell': Watch her political advocacy clip here


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  • connor

    she needs to give it up. she is NOT a spokesperson for gays. and quite frankly, i never would want her to be. she fits a dozen or so stereotypes that gay males do. and all these stereotypes do is set us back. get lost weirdo.

    • Chris

      That’s all fine. But who else is stepping up to speak for you? Unless your able to get your voice heard by those that matter then at least someone with a platform is doing so and should be applauded for doing so. I’m not a fan but the people that I am a fan of aren’t doing anything to help. Until that time I say good luck GaGa.

      • barb

        suck it

  • Monty

    “I will not keep fighting, I will not give up.”
    …was this supposed to say “I will keep fighting, I will not give up”?

    • Jeison

      Maybe Cody knows steomhing you don't? Better follow Don if he goes out in the evening!

  • Kevcogator

    Will everyone please ask entertainers to stay out of the political discourse. They are not smarter or more informed than everybody else; they are just using their celebrity to attempt to shape public opinion and in turn political activity. It is bad enough that they pepper the “arts” with their slanted views, but it is beyond insulting for someone named “Lady Gaga” to try to influence how we run our military.

    • Scott

      Yea, screw democracy and free speech! How dare a citizen try to influence her government.

      • Rob

        I am pretty sure that’s not what was said. The problem is when the super priveleged, completely out of touch with reality .001% of our society try to speak for the masses. She is everything that is wrong with our society…never mind the music industry. Imagine if the radio actually played songs by bands, who played instruments, had talent and actually wrote their own songs. Wow. Keep you Ipod I’ll take the 60’s and 70’s (well part of it) over this generation of garbage.

      • Chris

        Celebrities have been speaking up even back in the 60s and 70s (Vietnam War, Civil Rights). It’s nothing new. Like it or not she is a U.S. citizen and has a right to speak her mind on issues she is concerned about.

      • Tarc

        Actually, Rob, the real problem is that the LEADERS of the country are completely out of touch with reality.

      • Woot

        Kevcogater, if you were to try to speak out against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, most people wouldn’t listen. When Lady Gaga does, people pay attention. She realizes this and tries to do something positive with her influence and power. Is that a bad thing?

    • Pat

      Beck & Limbaugh define themselves as “entertainers” so then FIRST go tell them to SHUT UP! Palin too is an ordinary citizen AND celebrity with a reality TV show. Should she shut up too? Why don’t you just tell all of us to shut up? Then that means you have to shut up too!

  • Roma

    I’m dissappointed too. Keep it going Gaga!

    • booka

      What a dumb b*&ch! BORING

  • Nate

    Like anyone’s going to take her serious in that get up. Sorry, but politics is a circus already. Why must we add the biggest clown of pop music to the debate? Her inclusion only reinforces gay stereotypes. She has the right to speak out, but I think she’s doing more harm than good.

  • Rob

    While don’t ask don’t tell is fundamentally wrong; it is a necessary evil. Do you realize that many of the men and women (18 & 19 year olds) who fight for this country are still kids? How many of them come from social strata’s that are not as open minded about homosexuality as other sets? It will only undermine the military. The military exist to intimidate, protect and kill…not be a pillar of society. I would prefer to know that the people that fight for my country are unified rather than they have the right to wave their banner. You and I may realize that gays are no different than straight, but many of those who serve do not…that’s the truth.

  • real critic

    The reason that the DADT was defeated was not because of the policy, but because Democrat Liberal Scoundrels tried to slip in an immigration reform that would allow illegals who attend college for two years or more to become citizens, amongst other heinous addendums. Get the facts straight GaGa and other “Little Mosters.” Has any other artist had such a dumb name for fans? This was a necessary defeat about preventing Liberals from sneaking in another bill that will destroy this great country.

  • curtis

    it takes an outstanding gutsy person in each era to bring light to a very major wrong. She is that person, thank god somebody is doing it or we’d all be living in caves with no education.

    • ncb

      It does take an outstanding person in each era to bring light to a major wrong…so our bright light is LADY GAGA? God help us all.

  • Jo

    Oh, how Lady Gaga has ruffled the conservative’s feathers by lighting a fire under the young and gay community!
    Singers have been fighting against the government ever since the “60s, 70s and 80s” I believe a very popular song was..
    “The Times They Are A Changin”
    Guess what old folks.. The times don’t stop changing when you get married! :)
    I support Lady Gaga as one of her Little Monsters 100%.
    To those of you in the older generation who considered yourselves hippies and are now getting mad at this? You’re fighting yourself basically. funny how history repeats itself.
    Stop trying to delay the inevitable, darlings.
    Repealing DADT. Will happen.
    Gay Marriage. Will happen.

  • deedee

    So does this mean if we don’t ask Lady GaGa if she is a hermaphrodite, she doesn’t have to tell us?

  • jooo

    ok gaga is doing the right thing!!
    just becouse she is famouse dos that meanshe cant make spechs? no she has the same rights as all of you she can stand up for what she belifes in. I back her up 100% not becouse she is famouse becouse it is the right thing to do. GO GAGA!!!

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