GaGa for the General Will
On Nov 5th, Aubrie Marsh posted a blog that compared Lady Gaga and Al Gore to Jean Jacques Rousseau. While at first I was just going to leave my own comment onto her Blog, I had a sudden spark of interest to develop my own. Two particular comments under her blog disagreed with her comparison to Lady Gaga, and it intrigued me to respond to why I disagreed with them. Aubrie says that Lady Gaga and Rousseau are alike because they are both extravagant dressers and want to “influence the minds of people all over the world.”
Matteric9 said in response to Aubrie’s post that, “To compare Rousseau to Lady Gaga, to me, is a bit of a stretch. Rousseau had a real message to convey, he chose to make himself well known to the public as a way to establish his theory among his peers. Lady Gaga has no real message, she talks about playing Russian Roulette and talking on the telephone. The only similarities the Lady Gaga and Jean-Jacques are some of the ridiculous outfits they are both known to wear.”
This comment is what inspired me to write this.
To state that “Lady Gaga has no real message,” is very much far from the truth. Anyone who follows the actions of Lady Gaga knows that she is not only a fashion icon and singer, but is a very big supporter of the LBGT (Lesbian,Bi-Sexual,Gay, and Transgender) Community. She has been a big part of reaching out to the youth in order to repeal an act call “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” In short, DADT is a law that was passed by Congress in 1993 that mandates the discharge of openly gay,lesbian, or bisexual service members. (www.sldn.org)
Lady Gaga posted a link on Youtube.com addressing the senate to repeal this act. She addresses many issues and concerns about why this law should be repealed and why it is unconstitutional. The video, at this given time, has 2,171,964 views and 27,275 comments. So to say that “Lady Gaga has no real message” seems by fact to be very untrue. She is reaching out to our youth and we are responding.( Picture credit given to LadyGaga.com)
You can see the video yourself at:
So how does this even relate to Rousseau? When thinking of this specific situation, Rousseau’s General Will and Will of All came to mind. In the beginning, I feel that this situation would fall under the Will of All because the LBGT Community has not been easily accepted. However, I feel that it is in my generation that this community will be accepted. It is now in the General Will of the people to repeal this law.According to www.sldn.org, there is a growing military support for the repeal of DADT. 73% of military personnel are comfortable with lesbians and gays serving in the military. It also says that younger generations don’t link job performance with sexual orientation. Besides the military, there is a growing public support for letting gays serve openly. In fact, 75% support this.
So when darriensherman says in a comment to Aubrie’s post: “ I feel her radical behaviors are to distinguish herself among other artists rather than provide her audiences with a moral message,” I must strongly disagree.Lady Gaga stands for much more than just simply being an artist. She is everything that Aubrie says she is and more.She is a voice to speak out for the rights of the LBGT. She represents the General Will of the people.
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