LADY GAGA: Using Fame to Uplift
Yes, Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe, was nominated for an Oscar, belted the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and released her fourth album all in one year, but those achievements paled in comparison to the bold advocacy she pushed in 2016. As one of the nation’s most prominent bisexuals and LGBT activists, Gaga has embraced her fame and turned into a force for good ever since she hit the big-time in 2008. After launching the Born This Way Foundation four years ago to battle bullying, Gaga more recently turned her attentions to the epidemic of sexual assault. She teamed with Joe Biden to promote the vice president's It's On Us initiative, which focused on ending rape on college campuses. She recorded and cowrote a devastating song — "'Til It Happens to You" — that appeared on the soundtrack to the 2015 campus assault documentary The Hunting Ground; she was nominated for an Academy Award for the song and performed it at the ceremony in February. Gaga was also a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton and protested Trump's victory by holding up a "Love Trumps Hate" sign atop a New York sanitation truck, changing her Twitter name to #CountryofKindness, and even urging the Electoral College to install Clinton in office. This is what we need from our celebrities: fewer selfies, more selflessness.