Lady Gaga, at Obama fundraiser, urges end to bullying
Lady Gaga has made good on her promise to voice her concerns about teen bullying to President Obama -- no matter the cost. The singer dropped the $35,800-a-person fee to attend an exclusive Obama fund-raising event in Silicon Valley on Sunday.
Wearing a black floor-length dress and her signature sky-high heels, Gaga stood at least two feet taller than Obama and the 70-plus guests at the event. ABC News reported that during a Q&A session, the artist made reference to Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old who recently committed suicide after incessant bullying because he was gay. She also read a letter from a fan about another bullying victim. She then thanked the president for what he’s accomplished in office so far.
Gaga has long championed equal rights and lobbied against bullying. Last year, she publically pleaded with the president to repeal the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which was lifted last week. She continues to push for gay marriage rights, and last week tweeted her desire to meet with Obama to discuss how he could put an end to bullying in schools.
She paid tribute to Rodemeyer during a performance of “You & I” at the I Heart Radio festival in Las Vegas over the weekend, saying that Rodemeyer wasn't a victim but "a lesson to all of us."
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Lady Gaga performs Saturday at the I Heart Radio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images