Lady Gaga urged her fans to call their senators to urge them to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” But when she did it herself, she couldn’t even leave a message!
The law, which was created in 1993 “prevents gays from serving openly in the military,” Gaga explains in the new video. “Since then 14,000 Americans have been discharged from the armed forces, refused the right to serve their country and sent home regardless of honorable service or how valuable they may have been to their units.”
In a YouTube message to fans and senators, the “Bad Romance” singer attempted to call government officials to voice her concerns over the law, while urging fans to do the same.
The singer tried to call her local senators to give them this very message on camera, but their mail boxes appeared to be full.
“I have called both of the senators that operate in my district. I will not stop calling until I reach them,” she says. “And I can give them this message: ‘I am a constituent of the senator, my name is Stephanie Joanne Angelina Girminata, also known as Lady Gaga. I’m calling to ask the senator to vote with senators Harry Reid and Carl Levin to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and oppose John McCain’s shameless filibuster.’”
“I am here to be a voice for my generation,” she says. “We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality. We’re asking you to do your job – to protect the constitution.”
The pop star also urges fans and her “fellow Americans” to also call their local senators - she provides the Capitol's switchboard number - and ask them to side with Senators Harry Reid and Carl Levin and repeal this law.
“Senators, when you are sending our men and women into war, when you’re sending our wives, husbands, sons and daughters into combat, will you honor their service? Will you support repealing this law on Tuesday and pledge to them that no American’s life is more valuable than another?” she asks.
She goes on to say that “400 solders under president Obama’s administration alone were discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
The “Telephone” singer recently brought four solders with her to the MTV Video Music Awards who had been discharged under this law or voluntarily left due to pressure to act a certain way.
“Ultimately the law is being enforced by using gay profiling and gay soldiers have become targets,” Gaga says. “Not only is the law unconstitutional, but it’s not even being properly or fairly enforced by the government.”