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In Popolitics on October 11, 2010 at 5:06 am

Gaga don't preach...

It would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday yesterday. It was also the day I got an email forward that I think is worth sharing with you on The Videocrat. It’s a brilliant open letter to Lady Gaga from a disappointed gay Iraqi fan named Sa’ad. For those of you who don’t know, Lady Gaga has been on this fervent gay military rights bender in the media for the past few weeks. As a fan myself, the letter really confirmed what I’ve been thinking about it myself. It’s shocking that no one’s pointing out what Sa’ad has noticed. Please forward/re-post if you agree: 

Dear Gaga,

Let me begin by saying that I am an admirer of your work. You have made the past two years so much more interesting in pop culture. I met you backstage at your show in Toronto last year, and I was enamored by your warm energy and how down to Earth you were. When you fight for gay rights you’re fighting for me, it’s one of the reasons I adore you. But these days something’s a bit off . . .

Over the past month or so I have watched you make every public appearance revolve around the issue of allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the US military. It started with the release of the stunning music video for ALEJANDRO – a song that is an ode to gay men. The video portrays dancers in various military-inspired poses and dress. And that was the beginning of your strange new political campaign. However, your machine gun bra did not disappoint 🙂

At the VMAs your statement was clear: Ex-soldiers who had been discharged for being homosexual escorted you to the event. Later you appeared on stage in a raw meat outfit which you later explained on Ellen’s talk show as some kind of a metaphor for equal rights in the US army.

Shortly after that, you posted a black and white video message addressed to US senators and citizens, urging them to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy.

And then in late September, you attended a rally in Maine where you took to the podium with flair and passion to deliver a dramatic speech against ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’.

And now when I go to your website, the first page displays a photo of you at the rally, accompanied by a written message apologizing for not being successful at repealing the rule. Upon clicking, fans are automatically redirected to an anti- DADT lobby website.

My question to you (and I have a few) my dear Gaga is simple:

Why are you promoting war?

What about the peace sign tattooed on your wrist?

What about the message of peace and love that your idol John Lennon – a man you honor and pay tribute to frequently- brought to the world?

I can’t imagine there’s no Gaga, but lately I’m not so sure…

I am a gay man. But I am also an Iraqi. You should know that the actions of your country’s military have destroyed my country, my people and the new generation beyond repair. When you encourage the militarization of my brothers and sisters, you are saying that war is acceptable. You are basically telling them that they can and SHOULD kill ME.

I began to see your raw meat dress as a metaphor for the flesh of dead Iraqi children and soldiers. I began to doubt your sincerity.

Good people across the world do not want war under any circumstances. I’m sure deep down you feel the same way too . . .

I hope you understand how confusing it is to see one of my heroes, a uniquely talented artist who promotes love and tolerance between all people through her music, on this strange mission that is ultimately pro-war. As a result, you may have lost one of your little monsters forever . . .

Love regardless,


I hope this letter gets to her somehow. I leave you with a music video released by another blond Italian-American icon at the eve of the Iraq War. Politically speaking, The Queen of Pop got it right. Peace!