The other morning I was pulling into the parking lot at work when I tuned in to an interview on the radio. Usually I’d change the station right away but there was something about this interviewee that made me stop to listen. This woman was extremely well-spoken, but sounded so vulnerable. I was very intrigued so I decided to hang out in my car for a little bit listening to the interview. Then I figured out who it was…Lady Gaga. After her performance at the Oscars I was already blown away by her courage. You can really feel her emotions resonating from the stage and see the struggle written on her face. I felt for her as I watched her perform, but hearing her firsthand account on the radio really broke my heart.
All of the people that joined her on stage for her performance of “Til it Happens to You” are survivors. She showed how important it is to stand up for yourself and for others with similar experiences. In the interview she mentions that her goal is to “speak up for people who can’t speak for themselves through all that pain” because of her own personal experiences with sexual assualt. Sexual assualt holds such a stigma that people don’t talk about it and she is rising above her traumatic experience to expose the seriousness of sexual violence and support the other victims.
What I love about Lady Gaga is that she really exemplifies the “don’t judge a book by its cover” rule. At first glance, you may just see an over-the-top celebrity. But once you actually listen to her speak and see what she really believes in you’ll be blown away. She’s not only a beautiful and talented performer, but she is an incredibly intelligent and humble woman. She mentions in the interview that people always see her as this famous person and her Oscars performance was the first time that she felt people looked at her like a human. Wow. When she said this my entire body got chills.
Later on in the interview Lady Gaga expresses her appreciation to the Oscars for offering her the platform to take a stand against sexual assualt. She also mentions the other celebrities who rose awareness for causes throughout the night. It seems that Lady Gaga actually cares about the world and the wellness of society. She points out Leonardo DiCaprio’s warning about climate change, Chris Rock’s stand against racism, and the people involved with the movie Spotlight for their important message.
Lady Gaga a talented, compassionate, intellectual and incredibly brave woman. She stands up for herself as well as those too hurt to defend themselves. Her presence is powerful beyond measure and I really don’t know how anyone could dislike Lady Gaga. I only wish that I recognized how truly amazing she is before now.
If you’re interested in listening to her interview with Elvis Duran on Z100 you can check it out here. Lady Gaga is such an inspiration. To find out more about her you should check out her foundation as well.