Lady Gaga Attends President Obama’s Fundraiser to Raise Awareness About Bullying
On Sunday, Sept. 25, Lady Gaga visited the home of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in order to attend a fundraiser organized by President Obama. ABC News is reporting that, while at the benefit, Lady Gaga spoke about the bullying many adolescents have to face, and that singer actually spoke to Obama in private for a few moments before the actual event was underway.
The fundraising event was held in Atherton, Calif., which has been targeted in the past as a place where bullies are bred. While at the event, Gaga spoke to the masses gathered about the destructive nature of bullying and asked people to do everything in their power to end bullying once and for all.
This event was very special to Gaga not only because she is an equal rights advocate, but also because of the devastating and very recent suicide of a young fan. Jamey Rodemeyer was only 14 years old when he hung himself because he could no longer handle the abuse that was being inflicted by his peers. In addition to speaking about spreading awareness and putting a stop to bullying, Gaga also read a moving letter one of her fans wrote to her about Jamey.
It’s very obvious that Gaga has been deeply affected by the news of Jamey’s death. At the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas over the weekend, Gaga told the audience, “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life … Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime.”
Hopefully, Gaga delivered her message (just like she said she was going to) to President Obama and that he is going to do everything he can to prevent bullying. Too many teens are dying, and too many people overlook the affects that mean words and hurtful actions can bring, especially when targeted at young people whose minds are still very malleable.