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Lady Gaga and the unfortunate case of the 'don't ask, don't tell' double negative

September 20, 2010 |  6:30 am

Lady Gaga DADT Twitter Having dozed off during the fifth or sixth or 337th minute of earnestness in Lady Gaga's YouTube appeal Friday in support of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the Ministry was shocked awake by the news that the pop phenom was as of that night apparently lobbying against the abolishment of the armed forces' policy on gays in the military.

In a reminder that the meat-wearing, chart-topping marketing genius formerly known as Stefani Germanotta is also a 24-year-old college dropout, the folks at the Twitter Fail blog noticed Sunday that via her Twitter feed, Lady Gaga was in fact urging people to sign a "Twititon" -- that'd be a Twitter petition -- with a big title asking fans to take a stand against the abolition of DADT.

"Support @ladygaga and fight against the abolishment of the 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL' law ...," the message read.

By double negative, we're not referring to DADT containing the word "don't" twice. As those who finished English 101 know, a stand against the abolition of something is in fact ...

... a stand in support of the continuation of that thing. Now, we can't imagine that's really the message Gaga meant to send to her nearly 6.4 million followers.

That said, as of Sunday night, almost 9,000 fans had added their names to the list.

Don't think, don't read?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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