Lady Gaga had not one, but four dates on her arm as she strode into last night's MTV Video Music Awards at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre: gay and lesbian soldiers who were discharged or opted to leave over the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
"I'm here for a very, very important cause tonight," the eight-time Moonman winner, 24, told MTV. "These are all my friends and they are with SLDN.org, which is an organization that was founded in 1993 under the reaction to the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policies. Their stories are very inspiring and there's so much we can do right now."
According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the soldiers are former West Point cadet Katie Miller, who resigned in August to protest the policy; and former U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall, former U.S. Air Force Major Mike Almy and former U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Stacy Vasquez, who were all discharged.
SLDN adds that Gaga met with Hall, Vasquez and Miller prior to her Sept. 7 show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
"Lady Gaga’s recognition of these fine patriots casts a spotlight on the unjust burden that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell imposes upon the brave men and women who defend our country every day," SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis said in a statement, "and further underscores why the Senate must swiftly act to get rid of this despicable law for good."
A federal judge in California ruled Sept. 9 that the military's ban on openly gay soldiers is unconstitutional, and the Senate is expected to debate its repeal this month.
Gaga added last night, "No one person is more valuable than another person."
I desire you can i see you with a knife a big surwival knife and in uniform i got a album from you i like the picture of you dressed in leather dressed like death its stimualating looking at you are so good looking your body is perfect can you take me to america do you want me its nice makeing love to a she death with a knife on your throat tied on hands and feet and she cuts can you bring me and my parrots away from hell here in denmark i want to get away from the hitler convention you can keep me your prissenor tied up for weeks and when hitler convention is distroyed you can keep me tied up a year and when it was possible for me to keep you as prissenor i would insist you kept me tied down an year more if you liked me to i could tie you down too but im fat and ugly so i can only dream about it greetings the worlds slave and lucfer and gods servant mogens pind
Seriously, this woman is a blessing. I really hope she works with us to tear down this law. As a military member, I can say that it really hurts to defend a country's rights to be American when the country won't defend your rights to be human.
Even if discharged or retired, you can wear your dress uniform BUT only to military functions. I highly doubt the VMAs is a military function. I do agree that WP cadet, former, shouldn't have been invited. She didn't do anything, she quit before she got out of school. I don't give a crap if someone is gay, straight, black, white, religious, atheist – who cares? They should be allowed to be open with their significant other. Also, there is a difference when people who are discharged solely for being gay and nothing else and the ones who are harassers. If you have an awesome soldier, the best ever, and you find out they are gay – who cares? Why should who they love matter? Remember not too long ago it was "immoral" for blacks and whites to marry.
Much better job of her song....
And you can see how boring and redundant the song is without the outlandish costume...
Why are they still wearing the uniform, they are no longer serving in the US military. Really.
Okay, just got done reading all of this intelluectual crap and it comes down to just one thing: Lady GaGa did all of this just for the money and the publicity which will get her more money. The four gays could not care less about the military or Lady GaGa, all they care about is their own publicity which, of course, will get them interviews which, of course, will get them money. So, it is all about the money. Yes, I have served 6 COMBAT TOURS, it is all about the money.
don't know but they loooked great just like her
"I guarantee you that these four people have done more to honor those uniforms and everything that they are supposed to stand for – freedom, justice, equality" – again, another idiot spouting off with ignorance. Katie Miller was a cadet!!!! So unless I read something that states she was on the enlisted side, she didn't do anything but drop out of school.
lady gaga has no talent, that's why she relies on costumes. are people in this country seriously that stupid? i challenge everyone who likes this nitwit, to listen to other music. FORCE yourself to do it. and you will realize what a complete hack this person is. she is bad and she knows it, and rely's on shock value. any different that madonna? know it's the same concept, no talent=more shock to get attention. people in general are stupid and don't get it.
what happened to real artists and muscians that were in the business simply for good entertainment. why do you think nobody that great has come along, because people like gaga are stealing the airtime for what, her own opinions on how things should be??? are you kidding me? i don't care what she thinks, i've got my own brain for that. i want good music, not pop, not computerized tech, good music. kings of leon r u kidding me, this is the closest we get? to anyone that gets this, please say "I". to anyone who follows what the music drones are doing to ruin music as we know it, say "nay".
I had to just scroll down to comment because I'm tired of reading some of you idiots comment on something you know nothing about.
To those in the military commenting, you are the only ones that should and I respect all of your opinions. For those commenting who don't serve, haven't served, and will not be serving... STFU.
Don't preach about America being free, for civilians [including myself since I'm not enlisted] it should be a free and that's thanks to our military. Apparently some of you don't realize, when you join the military YOU SIGN YOUR RIGHTS AWAY AND THEY DO SO KNOWINGLY.
The military is a completely different world, so STFU.
BTW "Military Brat" you don't serve so you can zip it too because you're a civilian just like me. If one of your relatives that serve would like to come share an opinion on DADT or those with Gaga last night, then tell them to hop on line.
And yes, they're not all soldiers! Every branch is different, there's soldiers for the Army, seamen/corpmen/seabeas for the Navy, airmen for the Air Force, and Marine for the Marine Corps. Ignorant people.
So most important thing, military signs their rights away when they join and they do it knowingly – so they didn't have to sign up if something was such a huge problem for them.
i'm sick of gay stuff, let them get married let them do what they want, but for the love of god, i don't care. let them be gay and shut the hell up already! gaga is dumb. that simple. she appeals to the idiots of the world. congrats if you like her, i applaud your complete and utterly useless brain. please gaga, go away, you are like a flea that keeps flying around, trying really hard to get attention in any way possible. it doesn't work with smart people. sorry you failed in my book. you are a failed musician, who uses costumes. how embarrassing, loser.
What I dont like is that the former military members were discharged (usually an administrative discharge) which usually means all ties to the military were cut, but they wear their uniforms still. I had Marines discharged with this type of discharge and we collected all their uniforms before they were released. This was bad for the military.
Now with Lady Gaga, I like how she supports all these types of things. I respect her for that.
"Whose the idot now? Your a moron!"
This just makes our Lord move up his date with us all a little sooner...
Nothing will change with don't ask don't tell,She wasted her time and made herself look stupid( again).
I should add that it is probably the conspiracy of medicine as well that pushed manure fertilization on food so that in the rebound effects the medical/health industry could rake in all that money and related other kinds of money. theresa noelle younan ymma-iii interpole galactica y-research management i-pic other kinds of money for example meaning position and credentials and history making assets and political fame and notability(except its really notoriety such as notoriously dirty)
I love how the idiots who never served claimed they wore actual uniforms. These are not Class A uniforms people. Clearly, and simply not. Artistic interpretations of them, but no insignia, ext. So unless you served, you were duped by those smarter then you once again. So get mad that they dispariged a uniform that they weren't even wearing non-vet's, this actual Vet can acutally discern the difference between real and fake, morons. Not that hard really.
Nate -can you identify a military mess dress? Apparently not because that is what everyone except the former cadet is wearing.
If DADT is repealed? Does this mean that lesbian women can serve with the infantry on the front lines in combat? And, does it mean that gay men can not serve in direct combat roles?
actually if anybody would bother to read military regulations if you were honorably discharged and discharges under dadt are honorable discharges you are authorized to wear the military dress and mess dress uniforms and even be buried in uniform when you die they use to issue a lapel pin to show you were out of the military in ww1 and 2 it was called the lame duck then later it was a red background circle with a minuteman on it now retirees get a retired pin as for the cadet it depends what year she was in if she was 3rd or 4th year she had to be discharged because she was in the military so she would be authorized to wear what she earned. also just because they were discharged under dadt they should be authorized to show their honorable service and i say this as a seven time deployed combat soldier who believes that although i am a straight male i still support my brothers and sisters who have been discharged under this discrimination policy of dadt
Ask God to protect us from nuts like Anita Bryant. I support Lady Gaga and the soldiers. We should organise a CD burning session of Anita Bryant CDs and similiar Holy Hatemongers.
I think it's a joke that these former servicemembers still think that they can wear the uniform and make a statement at the same time. GaGa is only conerned about her own image, she'll support anyone if it means it will increase record sales.
When wearing any military uniform, you are required to have a valid military ID card. That applies to active duty, reserve, national guard or retired. When you are in uniform, you are subject to military rules and regulations and the military police may arrest you. Without an ID, it might take time to sort out who you are. In the meantime, you could possibly sit in a jail cell until the military determines that you are not in the service, if you had been arrested.
Is this rule enforced? No, probably not as much as it should be. Are there exceptions to the rule? Yes, one eception that comes to mind is that of an actor playing the part of a military figure. They may dress the part for movies and stage plays.
Do these people with Lady Gaga have the right to wear a military uniform. Depends...are they carrying a valid military ID card? If they have been discharged from the military, unless they retired, they do not...military retirees carry a military ID card, because they are still subject to recall in most instances.
In this age of terrorism, the wearing of a military uniform should be controlled a little better than it is. I'm not saying that these former service people are terrorists, but in some situations, terrorist could use the uniform in a terrorist plot to gain entrance to places that are supposed to be secure.
Another exception to the rule of wearing a uniform is that of a person who has been discharged and is headed home to their home of record. They may wear the uniform while enroute home, but once they arrive home, the uniform must be removed. In any case it may not be worn more than 90 days after discharge. Dischage papers would prove that you were wearing the uniform legitimately.
Enforcement of the uniform regs kind of went to hell during the Vietnam War era, it probably should have been enforced better than it was....
she is such a joke....she did that merely for the publicity. Not a good PR stunt to bring in soldiers to accompany her. I wish she would just disappear
so if your gay or lesbian you cant join the army? thats retarded.
Hey i'm for gay and lesbians, i have relatives that are lesbian and i even served with both. But my problem is I don't believe thay are allowed to were the uniform because they were discharged for being gay or lesbian
Great publicity stunt – which makes up for her lack of talent!
Because only a crackhead is fitting to carry on Gay rights...
I did not read everyones post. But I dont give a crap what point they are trying to prove. If you are discharged from the military, you should not be in uniform, PERIOD. These people need to be arrested. :)
This woman has gone past being interesting and is now just a freak.
Lady GaGa is a great example of a hack. She steals from other peoples creative styles and presents them as her own and the fans suck it up.
She is a idiot put on a uniform and find some real soldiers.She is destroying
American youth. My children will not listen to her !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wearing meat ? Hmmmmm Let her try going hungry be homeless and not have anything to eat even a blade of grass
I bet you beat the hell out of your kids, too. You seem to be that type.
Also, I'm sick of people blaming pop stars and rappers for how kids act. How about you be responsible and take an active role in your child's life? A song or a film can't trump how you were raised.
Besides, Gaga's music is just fun. You aren't protecting them from anything.
All of that was overshadowed by that stupid meat thing on her. Someone should have brought a pack of wolves with them to the VMAs. Just sayin'.
You do not wear your military uniform to public appearances for your own personnel agenda, one if you are no longer in the military, second if you have been discharged, NOT RETIRED, you do not wear the uniform…I don’t care who you are or what you are standing for. Some of us take pride wearing this uniform and we have never been in trouble nor brought discredit upon our military branches…This has nothing to do with being gay it is about respect and these four do not have respect for our services!!! All so here is the US Code covering this. http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/10C45.txt
I appreciate the story, but get it right! Soldier=Army, Marine=Marine Corps, Sailor=Navy, & Airman=Air Force. It's like saying that all Mexican people look alike. Do some fact checking before you publish your piece!
I love Gaga and her heart's in the right place but, personally, as a qu##r I don't think LGBT people should be scrambling to join the military. In fact, I don't think anyone should be joining the military. Least of all minority people who are held down as it is. Why would we want to serve the cause of global cartel capitalism?
On the other hand, if you want to be brainwashed, that's your business. Do what you want.
While I support people working to overturn DADT, and would like to see immediate integration of gays in the military; if I remember correctly, the wearing of military uniforms by people who were discharged, and no longer in active duty or active or inactive reserves or guard is considered a crime. Basically fraud and misrepresentation. Which means that I now classify these four people as dirt bags, not victims.
"No one person is more valuable than another person."
But pop stars are more equal than others.
I think thats in Animal Farm or something.
Stay out of politics Gaga.
So, who is this Lady GaGa?? Some kind of drag queen or something?
Good for her. Celebs. love em or hate em are usually criticized when they dont get involved and when they do those who disagree say why listen to a celeb. The military loses a ton of great qualified people simply because of the gay thing which in this day and age is ridiculous. And I hate to break it to you for every person in the military who comes out as gay and is discharged, there are probably 10 who are closeted. So either way they are there and are just doing there job.. so time to grow up about this ane move on.
I think it is funny how people will express their happiness and support for somebody who stands up for what they believe. It's not the fact that they are standing up for what they believe, but the fact that they are standing up for something that you also believe. If somebody stands up for something you don't believe in, all of the sudden that person becomes a hypocrite and a bigot and not a courageous person for taking a stand. So really I don't think that you like her because she is taking a stand by itself, but you like that she is taking a stand for something you believe in.
LADY GAGA is soooo lost. She's is something i point my finger at and say... DON"T DO THAT... DON"T BECOME THAT... DON'T even listen to her opinions and words because they are becoming soooo perverse. She's the devils servant.
Gaga did a nose job, it seems...
Who honestly cares? Contrary to what the "music" industry (and the imbeciles who follow it) believes, she's really NOT talented in the least. For those who object to my opinion, that's your right. The fact that she received awards from an industry that registers its votes on itself based solely on "popularity", she could have won EVERY award and it wouldn't have meant squat. The reality is that the only reason she's even still around is that people get off on her antics and costumes. What connection that has with TALENT I'll never know. Here's a thought....it 10 years (heck, even 5) see how many people even remember her name. She'll be another pretender who winds up in the dustheap of musical history.
You bitter little haters say that about all the pop stars that come around. Sure, some of them don't end up being widely remembered (those are usually the one hit wonders) but many of them go on to have impressive careers. After all, I'm sure they said the same about Madonna.
Frank, I'm going to guess that you're either 14 years old and/or g&y, because no straight/adult male would actually defend someone as clearly talentless as this. To comment on your claim...yes, many pop musicians are less than well received during their initial period of fame. But truth be told, those that actually HAVE talent are (more often than not) recognized as such. Here you and I part company, as I don't know anyone over 25 who actually considers her efforts to be music (something I'd have grudingly accepted in Madonna's case). Any infatuation with her clearly stems from either wardrobe choices or antics. That said, even morons have a right to their own opinions....I'll chalk this one up as yours.
I am neither a teenager nor gay. As to her musical talents, you either must have a very narrow view of what 'musical talent' const!tutes or you're deaf. You think Madonna has more talent than Gaga? Okay, you've lost all credibility. I like Madonna (somewhat) but she can't even really sing. Let's just say that she doesn't hold a candle to Cyndi Lauper. Gaga is a wonderful visual artist, musician, singer and songwriter.
Now we're just exchanging opinion (along with your laughable efforts to insult -who's the adult here?), but you're the one wasting time commenting on someone you don't even like. At least if you're going to do that, make it witty and/or constructive.
To those saying she is only use the military men and women to keep her in the spotlight, you could not be more wrong. Clearly you know little about her personal beliefs. I've been a fan since before her first record, and she has ALWAYS supported gays/lesbians for as long as I can remember. She has spoken at numerous gay rights events, and her desire to bring attention to gay rights has been at the forefront of her fame since... well since she became Lady Gaga, and I am positive she held those beliefs even before she became a pop phenom.
Seeing, as she's bis@xual it's only natural. After all, not only would she want to give back to the fans, but she would want rights for herself.
It is written; so therefore it shall be?
We are the chosen people? Such a wicked fantasy.
To see the religious lunatics manipulate government and our lives is shameful.
Einstein stated in a letter recently auctioned that the bible was a collection of primitive legends. He said believing in God was childish and he as a Jew is no different than another person and are not chosen by God.
This bogus religious filth should be banned. It exists as a tax exempt structure which discriminates against human rights. The pope, bishops and mormons are cult members promoting discrimination against minorities. That bogus black book called the bible should be banned. Religion and the churches should now be exposed as a bigoted structure that gets away with hate mongering. Love between two guys or girls existed long before these cults existed. By enjoying their tax exempt status and benefits from the state it also puts them at the mercy of state; to be forced to adhere to the human rights laws.
It's cool that GaGa stands up for what she believes. It's definitely cool that she's willing to take on unpopular issues. I'm just worried about our society that decides to call good evil and evil good. Our Heavenly Father loves all of us – we are all His children. I know for a fact that He's sad when His children decide to choose evil then try to convince the rest of us that what they're doing is 'ok'. It's not – we will all have to answer for those mistakes we made despite our Father's counsel. It's a good thing that our brother Jesus loves us all so much that he was willing to sacrifice Himself for our sins – as long as we acknowledge them and stop making it. Peace to all my brothers and sisters.
There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the cross related bogus elements of christianity. Civilization goes back more than 2 million years; 1,996,000 years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews and 1,998,000 years pre-dating the myth of christianity which is a mere 2010 years old. In the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went on to fabricate & market Christianity – a fantasy – which turned out to be one of the most hateful & evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.
I am the son of a catholic father who never went to church and a protestant mother who took us to church and Sunday school. Onward christian soldiers; I think not. Such absolute drivel. To be manipulated by a santa claus; an easter bunny and worst of all a bogus cross.
You need Jesus... !
You are saying this and wow, i am shocked. You are the hater here. Not christians.
You are saying this and wow, i am shocked. You are the hater here. Not christians. You should have gone to church a couple more times.. maybe it'd knock some sense into you.
The pope is running a bigger fraud than Madoff’s $50 billion ripoff. Today’s evangelical extremists are like the nazis who cast others into ovens & are actually supremacists – who practice their bogus hocus pocus – and are trying to suppress and deprive others of their happiness and their legal rights in an open and proud society.
The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien told the Vatican that there was to be no cross erected over the Canadian Parliament buildings figuratively speaking; when the Pope demanded the Prime Minister go against gay rights. An Alberta bishop had the audacity to say that The Canadian Prime Minister would go to hell for going against the church. Such outrageous evil threats. The Right Honourable Prime Minister in return; basically told the Pope to go to Hell! The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Canadian Minister of Justice, stood for equal rights for the gay community. With reference to protecting the children: The Honourable Hedy Fry, member of the Canadian Liberal Parliament, who happens to be a doctor who delivered many babies; spoke eloquently to defend the rights of babies being born and stated that she was in fact defending their rights by speaking on behalf of equal rights for the children and youth of the future - defending their integrity and dignity. Minority rights must be decided by a dignified judicial system and/or a compassionate government.
United States is supposedly fighting for democracy but within the U.S. they treat gays like secondary citizens. Being black or being gay is just as natural. If blacks or women’s rights were cast to the masses to decide … then the majority or lunatic fringe in this case - has the advantage to decide minority rights.
Gays should not be allowed to serve openly in the military. Gaga sucks and so does the SLDN
What person, I don't think anyone knows who she really is as a person, they only know the persona that has been created and shown off to the public...
Yeah right, to bad gaga didn't get punched in the face for her poor taste in using these service men and women as pawns in her publicity stunts in order to keep her in the news... If she wanted to stand with them she would have dressed in uniform as well, It's not like she can't have an outfit created for her... look at all the other ridiculous outfits she has performed in... And come on.. at least look like you care, not posing for the press.
LOVE HER OR HATE HER ! SHE IS LADY GA GA !
I can't stand her music or her fashion but I have to say I admire her as a person.
Regarding the military I must say if anyone is willing to put their own lives on the line and stand up for our countries beliefs. They should be able to serve hands down regardless of their gender/orientation if they are black/white/asian/hispanic...etc If they are willing to go and fight for our freedom they have my respect any day.
Just for the record I am not Gay. But she did make a very poor decision trying to politicize the event.
There were true artist at that particular event who make incredible artistic contributions to the world. Like Snooki for instance! LOL
Wow, It must be dark having your nose so far up there.... She is an act and If she has so much to contribute to society than why the poor taste in actions at the Yankee game, the coke comments/use and how it impacts her fans(She is a role model of course) I just dong get the need to be so die hard about her... Find your own passions in life and get out of her shadow..... most of her songs are monotonous anyway a few key lines repeated over and over and over....... And her Meat Dress was indeed another act of hers in poor taste!
If they were real soldiers I vote to courtmarshal them for associating with known undesirable elements and bringing disgrace on the military and to be questioned under the "dont ask dont tell" provision of military law
Keep dont ask, dont tell and if you are a civilian with opinions, keep em to yourself. Civilians should not stick their nose in military busy. GO ARMY...RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!
Rangers all the way? Hardly. Military policy is created by civilians. Their called senators and representatives. The military branches are controlled by the chairmen and the joint cheifs of staff (Highest Ranking Officers in their branch) who then report to a secratery (civilian) who reports to the secretary of defense (civilian) who then reports to the President of the United States (yup, civilian as well.). So you see, the military is the tool of the government. Set up that way long ago to keep the military leadership from overthrowing the government. Checks and balances.
She wore a meat dress! So, what if i am Gay and support PETA. Now I am really confused!
Interesting how even the political undertaking of a pop star is lambasted and looked down upon....At least she has a cause, at least she had a voice that she uses besides just singing and entertaining and taking all the money like most pop stars. And if you think no-one does or willtake her or her influence seriously; you are as ingnorant as you already sound. Just becuase she is well outside of the box and allot of people are really enjoing that does not mean she will not be taken seriously. To think that you must live in the middle of nowhere and never read the news or have any concpt of what is currently going on in Modern society. I would much rather an artist have a brain and ideas and the courage to try to make the world better place than just indulging in the star-dom, fame and money. These days people beome stars just for being in the news and having no conceivable talent, i,e; Paris Hilton!!? In this day and adge of endless relatiy shows and relality "stars" and empy hollow celeberties like Paris Hilton I am so glad we have some celeberties that have talent and vision and the drive to contribute to life and the lives of those they influence around them, We can only hope for mor Lady Gagas!!!!
I find the photo ironic, considering the subject matter. If the whole purpose is to promote gayness, why are the men paired up with women, gay though they may be? Hmm.
I support Lady Gaga now and forever, those who stand against LGBT etc. should get over their petty religions that do not nothing but create war and inequality, any point that is made with religion in mind is automatically void!
I don't think you have to go so far back to just classic music, heck... Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, The Stones, Elvis, Johnny Cash.. They were all blitzed out of their heads most the time. It was never an issue with them as artists, their music was original and good, Not this digital mixed down garbage she is spewing... Your wasting valuable air!
What is this world coming to? One of the biggest pop stars in the world is standing up for what she believes in and half the people commenting are spewing out hatred like it's a moral value.. which it's not. The gospel and morals I believe in are totally different from what you all seem to believe- I believe in a religion based on unconditional love, respect and tolerance of others; and people's twisted idea of what Jesus would do is burning Qurans and saying gays are evil?? Come on, people, show some respect. Just because it's not your personal belief doesn't mean you have to slam others for theirs. Just a thought. :)
Like Michelle stated her ACT is contrived and I'm sure this stunt was staged for her as a way to turn the direction away from her previous mishaps in the media...
Don't you miss the glory days of yesteryear, when musicians were court-appointed and court-funded to create original masterpieces of audible art without any form of political agenda? Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Smetana, Debussy had it goin' on..
Life history= a coked up Madonna wannabe
I don't like any TV, movie or music stars who have a political agenda or messages. I just want to be entertained by them.
I don't think Lady Gaga knows much about the military, she's still very new to the music world, first album released in 2008. We'll see if she's still around in a few years.
Whats with all this born this way bull? Of course we are all born to Sin, and there is nothing new about sin. Its only with morals and self control through the blood of Jesus can we conquer Sin.
"Its only with morals and self control through the blood of Jesus can we conquer Sin." So...we get morals and self control through the blood of Jesus? I thought we got salvation through the blood. Is this some new church group I haven't heard of?
Atheists have morals and self-control too.
She is contrived and manufactured and everything that comes out of her mouth is for attention. She just grates on me. She panders to the people that buy her music. I went to her concert and I am sure it was a recording even the speaking...because I went to it again. (a friend got me a ticket) and word for word..it was identical... A load of BS. I do however like her music having said that...wish she would just get real. I was BORN this way...come on...you were not. You were manufactured that way...
I used to like her, now I can't stand her. She NEVER entered the military and has no clue what she is talking about. STAY OUT OF IT.
Then, by your logic, I sincerely hope you never render an opinion on anything except that which you, Steve, have personally experienced. I also assume you know Lady Gaga's life history to be so certain of your accusations, nej?
Vasquez looks pretty hot to me...I wouldn't mind trying to sway her away from her preferences.
Come on CNN...they are not Soldiers, they are Servicemembers.
Its hard to see where her bum ends and your noses begin.............smell good up there?
I'll admit that she is smart at arranging her publicity stunts...
I mean, if you're going to go and stand up for a cause at least look engaged with the other 4 soldiers you are supporting. Don't dress in bold colors and look off all artsy like your the focal point of the message your trying to get across...
You must be a carrot eater.
I prefer potatoes, lightly seasoned with garlic and basil and roasted in a red wine sauce..
Geez people, before you annoint her a saint, take it freakin easy, lol. She's 24 and came out of nowhere, and the only reason many of you are commenting about her is because of her SUPPOSED stance on gays. How obvious can you be? It's called PR, and that's all.
What a spectacle! 5 LOSERS in a row! Morals have hit an all-time low. :( Can we enlist the assistance of AIDS to rectify such misfits and morons?
Boy, you are just one hell of a model american, ain't cha?
I'm sorry, , but I was unaware that hatred has ....
Right there is the lie that you continue to spew from your filthy mouths....
Upholding morality is not the same thing as being hateful. There's a difference – and you lack the ability to understand that.
Oh wow, I have more than one mouth! COOL!!! I can spew even more filth that way, excellent!! Thanks, aaf!!
This monstrosity makes me "gag"! She should really be performing in a state fair carnival. She is certainly no Beatles, Elvis or Elton John. Where are spme people's taste? I predict that 10 years from now, nobody will remember or give rat's ass who this freak is.
I'm done trying to reason with f@gs – you're a disease.
But by all means – cater to the f@gs. Sooner or later, another disease will come around, or HIV will mutate again or something else will happen – and nature will restore order. And at that time,neither politics nor lady gaga will be there to save you.
So what you're saying is – don't condemn the crack addict who steals for a living, just be tolerant. Be tolerant of the g@ys that are spreading diseases from one of the globe to the other. I don't think so. It's wrong to be g@y – and they all know it. But criminals – and immoral people don't sit there and say "ok you got me, you're right". They oppose it. And you just give in like a coward.
It's a sad day when some freak-show like this starts to influence military policy. As far as the four former service members are concerned, they knew the rules before they joined.
Rules don't apply to gays they do whatever they want. Don't forget how they spread AIDS throughout the country. I have no respect for f@gs.
You have assured that all of my military relatives, dead and alive, my father, brother, nephews, uncles, grandfathers, ancestors that fought on both sides of the Civil War and ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary War, are all embarrassed by your statements.. oh, did I mention my mixed ancestry, just as a backdrop? Lady Gaga might – or might not – know of which she speaks, but some of us do.
And I was in the military. So I'm not just some no one sitting at a computer desk. Gays allowed to serve openly? It's disgusting.
listen up f@gs – being gay is WRONG.
It's a shame, how America has lost it's values, so some people can abandon morality and justify it under the cloak of equality.
I'm sorry, , but I was unaware that hatred has suddenly become a moral virtue in America. When did this happen? My understanding of the history of the Biblical texts of which America has been rumored upon which to have been founded does not mention hatred as a moral virtue; I'm confused. Is this recent?
these so-called values you hold so dear are responible for nearly all the suffering that has occured in this nation's history. All the hatred, pain, abuse, and violence that has bloodied this lands shores has been done by men blindly following words written in a book. The book says kill the unbelievers and they kill. The book says take the land and imprison the people that were there first. The book says enslave and destroy the dark skinned people. The book says drive the gays out and they are driven out.
These values you speak of are not descency, compassion, understanding and mercy. And the book I'm describing is not the Quoran.
I write a normal comment, they don't allow it. I call you all f@gs,they allow it. What the h3ll?
Hey... is it Mark?
Go to war... fight and live in a war zone. Then get back to me. Train for months spending days in crap
Then tell me what you think about the "dont ask dont tell" policy.
You obviously never have nor will.
If you think that the leaders in our govternment just do things for fun and that debate after debate goes on before some things are placed into affect, is all in vien or for giggles, you shouldnt even be talking right now.
Youve lost the right to try to "assume" you know any thing about the situation and to comment on its behalf but NO NO you got a whole article on CNN how Lady GaGa blah blah blah...
Join the service. Go to war. Live in that hell hole yourself and see how those "different" people change what happens out there and how their actions and "feelings" have come so close to costing lives, oh thats right you wont becuase the gays of our nation have us non gays scared to say "SHUT UP GO AWAY NO" and the storys are never told. Just our hear say, but why would we have such strong feelings towards them being in the military but have friends and family that are and... and... it makes no difference if they are.
Its called life... if you dont like it leave our great country... Its needed in a situation like allowing men or women the chance to join a service that is JUST THAT, A SERVICE again some thing you will never know yourself.
If you dont look at things from both sides and not just the present time but how each action will affect or maybe compound the next, then, simply open your mouth about some thing you HONESTLY have no idea about, wether your bi gay or straight, your letting people knowing follow your uneducated and uninformed idea. Im straight just to say, and if you think this is all about wether or not one is or not, just dont reply.
If you were in the military in any way... sweet... so was I. I can see you are for the new crap their recomending so I can tell you definetly were not a true grunt if you did ever serve.
Obvious but overlooked reactionary question: How do you know those uniforms are their actual military "mess dress" and not some contrived copy?
can't post what I want
CNN is discriminating on this post. They're anti-straight.
So beyond the fact that these individuals enlisted in willful violation of US LAW and MILITARY REGULATIONS and wanted to become leaders charged with enforcing said laws and regulations for the order and effectiveness of the military, and beyond the fact that they are further violating military regulation by wearing their unifors during a political protest, what makes them heroes? They lied in order to get personal gain (free education, military benefits, etc), and to gain personal power (federally recognized commission). They set an example that it is ok to lie and defraud the nation as long as your cause is chic and currently popular. What precedent does that set for not only the misguided young children who consider Goo Goo to be talented, but also to the troops that the rest of us have to lead into combat when they see "officers," and "leaders" violated laws and regulations so they can feel better about themselves? I know I will be called various names and accused of various PC crimes here by all of those who have never worn the uniform but feel the need to criticize those of us who have at every turn. And for those Vets who support this, then I respectfully disagree, but I still respect you for serving.
you're an idiot. honestly.
Amen, Lifer! These folks have no clue and will never unless you have served. So, it is not worth the effort to try and make them understand. I really wish they would arrest them for wearing those uniforms period. They have all been discharged and have no right to wear it or attempt to represent that military branch. They may not like it but, that right was taken away from them.
we are all dumber for having read this article
And even dumber after reading the posts.
Some people will never be taken seriously though, she's amongst those somebodys. She may influence the "leaders of tomorrow" but no senator is going to change his mind because Lady Gaga influence. Good for her, but in the end I think its just quid pro quo... she must support her target audience to ensure record/ticket sales.
Gayness will get you nowhere – but a trip directly to H3ll.
your comment = one way ticket to "h3ll"...enjoy
-straight guy with a wife and kid
Evangelical Beliefs will get you nowhere – but a trip directly to Pat Robertson’s Collection Plate!
Aside from the abject stupidity of this statement, there is nothing theologically backing such a completely baseless and undefinable accusation. So, what is this "gayness" of which you speak and where is "H3ll" other than in the Land of LQQK?
Good for her!! I'm in the marines and I think Don't Ask Don't Tell needs to go. We're all people and discrimination is currently harminhg our armed forces.
I watched some of her live performances on YouTube this weekend. I was really impressed with her performance dancing. Also, I noticed she sings live and doesn't lip-sinc on the videos I saw. She sings very well. What a talented young woman. Très magnifique!
So a dropout West Point Wantabee and bunch of other former servicemember that couldnt abide by the rules to which they agreed to serve under. They picture tells all that they are off. Yeah coke snorting Lady Gaga is who I want as my spokesperson. Being gay or lesbian is different then the other 99% of the planet. Deal with it.
They are in costume, not actual military uniforms. But if you want to keep arguing it, go right ahead.
Lisa, those are acual military uniforms. they are not daily uniforms though. they are called mess dress and are for events such as balls and other funtions. Definitly NOT costumes....
Lisa, costume or not, the one person is wearing the NDSM (National Defense Service Medal (actually the ribbon) and a set of Airborne Wings.......which, by Federal Law...is illegal
Not to defend them, but if she earned it, she can wear it.
Her music is great, her outfits are weird, but her message is one of inclusion and equal rights for all Americans, not for those just chosen by the religious right. Thank you for your support and keep up the good work.
I love Chuck
The policy clearly states you cannot be gay, just like you cannot be short, tall, fat or skinny. The military is not a right, but an honor. Just like you cannot "choose" to be gay, you cannot choose to be short or tall or dumb. Why not just do away with all regulations by people who have never served or know anyone who ever served. Unless you are or were in the military, leave it alone because you do not know what you are talking about.
I think you CAN be dumb. I've seen quite a few dummies in uniform.
OK, you have me there. You can be dumb, just not too dumb according to their test.
Lady Gaga, you are a breath of fresh air. You have your opinions, beliefs, and visions and you EXPRESS them! Thank you for setting an example for what we all should strive to be: honest. Honest with ourselves and those around us. Keep making the world a better place!
People I saw the VMAs yesterday and my conclusion is another couple years of this drivel and the music industry is going
under. GAGA sucks.
PS...those are real uniforms? They are ugly.
Don't understand her at all. Her music is decent though. Not great, decent. As for the raw meat outfit, I could do without. With all the comments on here, should we be doing a karyotype to see if there is a y chromosome there?
As a retired military member I think I need to post that it is illegal for these former military members to wear the uniform in public. Only current military members have that right. Even retired I cannot wear my uniform. Personally I never understood the DADT policy. But it is the order of the day.
Yes, they should be arrested! Disgusting!
Yes, let's use our tax dollars to lock people up for wearing a uniform. Makes perfect sense...Just another example of a useless law.
.... ! amazinggggg ! GAGA....very, very, ESPECIAL
... ! congratuleisons!...GAGA....
i love it when she falls down!
I like Lady Gaga and am happy that she is one of so few music stars who actually play an instrument and can sing. But I was NOT a fan of the meat suit she wore. It was a waste of meat and with all of the people out there who are hungry she could have made a better statement about feeling like a piece of meat than wasting it. I'm no fan of PETA, but I do not like waste like that, especially in these times.
Please don't think for a second that meat is real. Lady Gaga is an animals' rights activist. She was simply making a statement that when people wear leather, fur, etc. it is just as ridiculous as wearing an outfit made of raw meat. She would not really be able to parade around for hours, under bright studio lights, in real raw meat.
You thought that was real? Yikes. Thats a mighty impressive IQ you've got there.
Wonder if GaGa set them up on a double date after the show.. Uniforms are a no no but a PR nightmare for the Services now. So I bet they will be fine
My God,..You people,..the cynical ones ,..make me sick!
Gaga needs you like a whole in your head,..Gaga Rocks!
I DON'T REALLY LIKE HER MUSIC, BUT WHAT A CLASSY ACT TO BRING THESE SERVICE PEOPLE TO THE AWARDS
So did you actually read the article Chuck?
Why do freaks like Gaga always seem to be gay magnets/idols?
I USED to love Lady Gaga and respect her for standing up for many gay/lesbian causes, but the meat outfit made me SICK....too bad she didn't have half the compassion for animals as she does for her other causes!!!
An EX fan.....
omigod ! omigod !!! she doesn't believe in exactly everything that you believe in...oh yer right you should so ditch her...I mean how dare she ?
somebody slow this strumpet down. give her some micky finns and knock her up.
OK, anyone who appreciates what this crazy chick "does" is obviously oblivious. She bites on to what is hot on foxnews and such and makes a big deal about it like she actually has an educated decision about said topic. She is in show business people! You got hosed! If eating peas were in the news, she would have came out in a green costume with the Jolly Green Giant talkng about equality! Tards....
Like her or not, she stands up for what she believes in. I'm impressed that she's only 24 and is so socially conscious. Keep moving forward Gaga – some of us really appreicate who you are and what you do.
lady gaga is only 24?? seriously?? I thought she was wayyyy older.
Jesus, please, tell me. I can't sleep without knowing. Goes to show you how screwed up we really are.
just a media **ore
Every one of them should be arrested by military police and tried (more than likely convicted) for impersonating their respective ranks! Read the UCMJ, you're NOT allowed to wear a military uniform in public, much less on TV, after being discharged, honorably or not, which NONE of these individuals were honorably discharged! It's a disgrace to the uniform and all who have ever worn it!(myself included!)
exactly my point as stated above!
At first I thought the same thing but those are clearly not real uniforms.
They actually are real uniforms. They are mess dress, only for high class events such as Balls and such.
I don't know. The uniforms just look off a bit. But then again there are so many damn uniforms could be.
@steve-o & Tim (and the rest of you selfish hypocrites): you two are morons. It's called a POLITICAL statement for a reason. It was a stunt to motivate arguement and debate in an attempt to raise awareness. So kudos to you two dummies for walking through the door she opened for ya.
Also, she did it so that more people would know about the debate that EVERYONE should have a chance at equal rights, you know, that old EQUALITY thing that our nation was supposed to be founded on? That thing that you and many others enlisted to perserve and protect?
I love how people only want change when it applies specifically to them, when it helps further their own selfish, convoluted agendas. You people are the reason this nation doesn't work.
Try shutting your mouth and hearing someone out next time, imagine yourself as a minority trying to gain recognition in a place that PRIDES itself on its openness, its tolerance, and its understanding and acceptance of ALL people.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"...is BS. It should have read "give me someone who is just like me so there is no diversity, no reason for equality or compassion, only hypocritcal oppression".
@BROOKE It's a lame place to protest though. It's like advocating right to bear arms at a NRA convention. To be honest protesting doesn't get you anywhere. If you don't like it, run for office. Even just being a district rep you can cause more change then holding up a picket sign.
Steve-O, you are an idiot ... so you want to arrest everyone who wears a military uniform in public and who is not active duty military??? Well then, let's start by arresting the uniformed vets who march in Veterans Day parades every year. And by the way, I'm straight (but not narrow) and do not feel offended that Lady Gaga's dates are wearing military uniforms ... get over it will ya!
Actually Katie Miller WAS honorably discharged...
woot – i have more talent than GorGor
GorGor is a puppet used in GWAR concert. Try being clever instead if stupid.
All who oppose Gaga are stupid hands down!! Nothing is wrong with the words she sings or the clothes she decides to wear. Gaga is the new Pop Goddess because unlike some she isn't afraid of change, and she is different n a beautiful way!!! (go Gaga!!!!!!) :) knock 'em dead baby-grl!!! <3
isnt she rich yet? cant we just be rid of her finally? I thought she wanted to make it big and get out...i'll donate money to make it happen
A goddess? Really. Well, let's put her immortality to the test. Click click bang bang, anyone?
I see the KKK has finally showed up.
And why were these former soldiers in uniform? They were discharged from the military and have no right to wear the uniform anymore. Very disrespectful to soldiers that are serving their country and actually deserve to wear it.
Those who were not dishonorably discharged can still wear their uniforms. If you were in the Military before you would have known that.
Well sir I have actually been serving active duty for the last seven years and you are not allowed to wear a military uniform in public, much less on TV, after being discharged, honorably or not, which NONE of these individuals were honorably discharged! Read something imbicile.
Anyone who was in the service has not only the right to wear their uniform after they are discharged as long as they don't bring dishonor to it. Having a picture taken with a Celebrity and people are ticked because they don't like her personally is no dishonor to those wearing the uniform.
Go bother the flag burning Americans and Cross Burners, leave our soldiers and veterans the heck alone.
I agree!!! My husband is serving in the US Army going on 16 Years now, and I know he wouldn't feel comfortable sharing qtrs in with a gay Man. The Armed Services has not hide the fact where they have always stood on the fact of Gays or Lesbian in the mlitary. Those poeple should think and rethink before they signed that contract just to get busted ouf of the service later. Waste time for the Other service members that have better things to be doing with their time.
What did Gaga do with the "raw meat" dress after the program? I hope she donated it to Haiti ... because Haitians need meat and I hate to see good hamburger go to waste. Gulp!
mmm i think id have some with my hamburger helper =]
Why am I seeing three Adam's Apples in this photo?
Really? Cause I don't even see 1.
Why so much negativity and hate comments can come from such a nice and motivating article is beyond me. Gaga is standing up for what she believes is a right and something worth standing up to. I can understand the negative remarks on a story that clearly needs it like the idiot trying to burn the Quran, but this article. It’s like why?
I like Gaga, and love her music/style and body, but as a retired member of the military, the actions of those individuals was reprehensible. Their business with their branch was dissolved when they retired/quit/resigned and it shouldn't be made a mockery to the public. In addition, since they are no longer in the military, they shouldn't wear the uniform....talk about disrespect.
You go girl.
she is the mocking bird of style and muisc.
Gaga wears a couple gay ex-soldiers as another accessory in her wardrobe and you puppets gasp and applaud at her bravery. Who says being famous isn't easy?
ONLY ONE OF THEM was a soldier.
One was a cadet, two others were airmen.
YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY TO BE A SOLDIER.
Instead of worrying about a stupid policy of being allowed to broadcast that you are a gay soldier, Gaga should take some time to honor those who have died or have been maimed so that she can make millions and snort coke.
@WEB So is it against the law? I"m not sure but I doubt it. If not then you should be fighting for their right to wear that uniform.
I see people dressed in uniforms all the time on halloween, should we arrest all those kids also? No you say, oh just the ones that offend you. I see how you are.
It IS illegal and as discharged veterans, the military can actually call them back to active duty in order to face courts-martial.
You know, I’m a former Police Officer and I feel the same way about William Shatner during his role in T.J. Hoocker. He should be thrown in jail.
LOL! Very funny!
What a GREAT woman Lady GaGa is..If only more celebrities used their fame for good.
I served, honorably, for just shy of 35 years active military service. This display disgusts me.
The military uniform of each service connotes service, loyalty, and dedication
to the country it represnts. This public display does none of that. Unless they were
honorably discharged, they should not be displaying themselves as representatives
of either our military or our Nation.
Did you complain so vehemently when George Bush put on a flight uniform for his grandstanding "Mission Accomplished" photo op?
I guarantee you that these four people have done more to honor those uniforms and everything that they are supposed to stand for – freedom, justice, equality – than Bush ever did in his ANG uniform that he never would have been wearing if his daddy hadn't helped him get it in order to avoid being drafted and sent to Vietnam...along with people like MY brother.
Get over yourself. They earned the right to wear those uniforms. In fact, they are STILL earning them because they are still fighting for the things that make America better than the other countries – the rights of anyone to come from any background and still make something of themselves without someone else's stupid bigotry holding them back!.
well said zivo24
The girl in white was never in the military. she went to west point for 2 years, and before she had to swear an oath to protect her country and commit to 5 years in the army, which paid for 2 years of her schooling, she quit to make a political statement. Katie miller has never served in the military, and she does not deserve to be "saluted," or "honored." I graduated from west point last may, and know several people who are gay who graduated who are doing their jobs fine and arent using it to their political/social advantage to make a big scene. They simply want to serve like the rest of their brothers and sisters in arms.
W. Was the Commander and Chief then, not a cadet. Just saying
I agree WEB. The thing is, there are rules, like it or not "z" and they shouldn't be wearing them. And W was our Commander in Chief, every right to wear that uniform. Know your facts. These people have no right.
For the record, GWB was credited with fulfilling his military service as an F-4 pilot. While he did not serve in a compab role for whatever reason, he was honorably discharged.
Additionally, whenever civilians are given "orientation" flights on fighter jets, the military provides them with appropriate attire for the occassion. Everyone on a fighter jet is provided an anti-G suit to prevent black-outs. I believe GWB flew to the ship on a F-14 and a business suit would not be appropriate if there was an emergency which required a bail-out at 600 Knots.
The "Vets" in the picture probably could wear uniforms that are similar the the military uniform, but they cannot wear uniforms, (including insignias, buttons, and medals) if they recieved a less than honorable discharge..
These people were honorably discharged, too.
She can say whatever she wants. I just think she has a nice butt!
As a West Point cadet, I am very offended that my uniform is being illegally worn by an individual who is using it to pursue her personal political agenda. This is sickening.
You know, I’m a Starship Fleet Commander I feel the same way about William Shatner during his role in Star Trek. He should be arrested.
YOU GO GAGA GIRL!!!!!! AT first I wasn't too impressed with Lady GaGa, however, the more I see her creative artistic genius and how she loves her fans etc., I've grown to admire her stand in life. I also hopes she goes far in the world and into people's hearts. She's amazing!
"YOU GO GAGA Dude!!!!!! AT first I wasn't too impressed with Lord GaGa, however, the more I see HIS creative artistic genius and how HE loves HIS fans etc., I've grown to admire HIS stand in life. I also hopes HE goes far in the world and into people's hearts. HE has a wang!"
– There, fixed that for you ignorant person.
I agree. I really didn't like Lady Gaga when she first appeared. However, after listening to numerous interviews and paying attention to her art (songs, videos, etc.) I find I have grown to respect what she is doing artistically. This also is true for her political stands as well. She is surprisingly mature in her viewpoints – even if she is still young and making some public mistakes. It goes along with the growing up process.
God hates gaga.
God does not hate
You are a fool. God doesn't hate anyone who does good with their life.
Of course Lady Gag-gag is pro gay everything. When HE takes off the mohawks, the wigs and the raw meat dresses... HE's as gay as they come.
most of you have missed the point. You forget that Stephanie could sing. She deserved her awards period
Hey guys, will you visit SaveStan.ORG a friend of mine with 4 young babies is fighting for his life…… thanks.
I really hate when musicians use their position to promote political causes. Springsteen, Neil Young, Gaga, Mellencamp, Nugent, Willie Nelson, RATM, etc. etc .etc Just put out the next frickin' album and shut up. As for Lady Gaga, I must say that her improvised solo showed that she has a strong voice and is an great talent. She deserves the awards she received.
I'm the rip-blaster, the master of disaster, the one who is fun and always number one. Havin my cheerios and ignoring the drearios, sharing my rhymes and dressin to the nines.
Whoooooop, I’m where it is!
It's called entertainment for a REASON. It's something to do when you are not WORKING. I love Gaga and I'm pushing 60! I want to see her wear a cardboard box on her head whilst holding two siamese cats that are eating spam from her breasts that have cupholders on them.
Bring it ON. Plus, the fact that she does exercise some social responsibility makes it even better.
Have fun! Make love! Don't be a party-pooper.
As I always say, remember..."Nobody is flying the Space Shuttle here....everybody gets to go home at the end of the day,
Don't think so much....enjioy! I would LOOOVE to have Gaga over for tea and a swim. Just like Alice Cooper, I'll bet she's the most normal, coolest person you'd ever wanna meet, because she releases and expresses through her art. The person you see at the VMA's and onstage is NOT the real person. And I'm pretty sure that the "real person" iis still tons of fun and completely normal.
Madam Lady Gaga, consider this a formal invitation to stop by and hang out.
She's got some great tunes! With that said, I don't look to pig rich musicians in their early 20's for life lessons, thanks
her music she puts out is absolutely terrible and she is showing todays youth that its ok to dress like an absolute clown as long as you can scam the nations youth into thinking your absolutey garbage music is somethin even remotely worth listening to.
Gotta respect that she uses her platform to push her cause..Not saying I agree with everything she's saying, but she did use it correctly..
if she is such a good human and role model for citizens then why doesnt she dress like a normal human and set an example for kids growing and instead of that god awful music she poisons the nation with maybe she could do us all a favor and just quit.
Josh, I want you to pry yourself away from your overused computer bookmarked to sensationalistic drivel and do some research on clothing history across the broad spectrum of cultures and cultural moraes. I'll make it easy and handicap you to the range of 1,500 BC to today; no sense to have you study up on Akkadian culture, now should we? When you're done, get back to us and tell us, then, how a "normal human" should dress.
Other than the fact that its against The Uniform Code of Military Justice for these "soliders" to be in uniform after they have been kicked out or "discharged" for a better term. I respect Lady Gaga and am all for equal rights but its a definite "tsk tsk" at my brothers and sisters in arms.
Good for GaGa. DADT is a disgrace in a country that is supposed to be free. How can we defend freedom when we don't even live up to those ideals ourselves?
I think Lady Gaga is ignorant. If they repeal don't ask don't tell they may as well make the dorms and showers co-ed.
Co-ed, works for me. Just means very few women will shower in communal areas but sounds good to me.
The cadet on the right in the white uniform has no right to wear it. She quit be before graduating from West Point. There fore she has no military service and no military record. Also all ribbons and badges that she earned would have been stripped.
If she was prior enlisted, she could have earned whatever it is she has pinned on. No matter how you look at this, or what your feelings are about Gaga, the military or it's policies, wearing a uniform to a obvious propaganda event isn't right. It's like a FedEx employee going to a UPS protest in his work uniform.
opinion are an individuals, if its not against the law then tough tootie fruitie, looks like their opinion is different than yours.
CObound: It IS against the law. But no one has the 'huevos' to charge them.
Funny article about the VMAs! LOL! http://tinyurl.com/28txpmo
I'm Gaga for Gaga. She pushed the envelope in all the right places. Most celebrities this new in the game shy away from political issues like this. She rocks and I love her!
Wow, the people are easy to fool.
Didn't it say they were discharged or otherwise out of the military? How come they're in uniform?
If you've served and been discharged honorably, you're allowed to wear your uniform however not for political purposes which this obviously was. Once again, these members show little respect for the service and the honor that is required of all military members whether they served before or are still serving. Where are the wounded warriors???
Dear Lady GaGa:
When you stop contributing to the narco terror wars raging south of the border by way of your "casual" cocaine use, then perhaps then I will take you seriously as a purveyor or peace and love . Until that day comes, you have the blood of young children on your hands. And please do not speak for my gay community. You are not a part of it silly little straight girl.
Just like white people have no place defending civil rights for black people, right?
..... does "straight girl" apply only when she tucks her wang back, or are we calling 'apples' 'oranges'?
@suzanne – white people defending civil rights generally didn't take part in the beatings, water hoses, and dogs being set upon blacks so your comment is dumb. lady gaga who casually uses cocaine standing up for any issue makes any person part of the issue she is defending cringe and hope she goes away. It's like the southpark where the kkk support a certain flag and nobody wants them in the discussion.
Rather than honoring these military people, I was hoping to click on the story and find she was accompanied by wounded warriors who had suffered for their country rather than making a political statement about gays. The military is reviewing the policy with the President ensuring the review goes forward. Why not take the opportunity to show Gaga cares for those who have fought to near death to accomplish our Nation's goals?
These ex-service members should not be wearing their uniforms to make political statements. Though honorably discharged, they may wear them to a military function such as a reunion of some sort or Halloween. They wrong as servicemembers and they are wrong now. Still they choose to disrespect their service uniforms.
If they have problems with the military policies and left it or were discharged, then why wear the uniforms? What a shame.
I am dissappointed with those individuals. They are not supposed to wear the uniform in a political manner. Nor were they supposed to formal wear (ie Mess Dress) outside of a formal event (which I doubt the VMAs are).
VMAs are a formal, televised event. You don't see people in t-shirts and jeans there.
And BS on saying that people don't wear their uniforms for political reasons. Whether they should or shouldn't is one thing – but soldiers, both gay and straight, do it anyway.
Actually, unless they are active duty (they obviously aren't) or winners of the Medal of Honor, they can't wear their uniforms for any reason. Considering the political ramifications I doubt if the military will do or say anything, but those rules apply to everyone.
Seeing these people are already out of the military, I don't think there is much anyone can do. And you'll see vets in various uniforms all over the place. I know active duty folks can get in trouble for attending political activities in uniform, but I have no idea how they handle it for people who are no longer active. Have we not seen WWII vets are political rallies with uniforms? If someone can inform us on this matter, I'd love to hear!
It is illegal to impersonate a military officer
Actually, they shouldn't be wearing any armed services uniform as they have all been discharged. What a disgrace to the fighting men and women overseas.
The wear of the uniform is reserved for current active duty/reserve/guard members, retirees, and Medal of Honor recipients. By being discharged or choosing to leave before retirement, they forfeit their right to wear the uniform that so many of us wear very proudly. Whether or not they agreed with DADT or not, they knew that if they were outed while serving that they would be punished under law. Don't blame the military for this law. Officers just uphold as they are legally mandated to do.
I completely agree. If they want to represent themselves as vets then they should still abide by the regulations set forth for this uniform.
I don't see "soldiers" here. I see one soldier, two Airmen, and a seaman. There's a difference! Will the media never get it right? Just makes it look even more like they don't know what they're talking about.
@Airman... West Point is Army, there is no seaman there. And, I see four people pretending to still be in the military when they are not anymore. As stated above, the wear of the uniform after service is reserved for retirees to formal events. This is a disgrace to people in the military.
These are not Class A uniforms. They are re-creations with no insignia on them. So your point is idiotic. If you ever served you would know the difference, but chime in non-vet with your pointless ramblings.
Nate is right, they are not "Class A: uniforms. The two males are wearing the "Mess Dress" uniform which is for formal occasions. When I was on Active Duty, most enlisted personnel did not have the Mess Dress. All officers are required to own a mess dress uniform.
love love love gaga
rappin and happnin, that's my game, I'm the next boy gaga and that's no shame, if you think gaga's lame then your to blame, my temperment is costal from shore to shore, i'm gonna rif the house and cause a roar.
Please.. PLEASE don't do us any favors mouseunthehouse. Your lyrics are as cheaply put together as GAGAs looks.
You sound like a middle class white middle schooler trying to be legit.
You loved it, hahaha! I'm the rip-blaster, the master of disaster, the one who is fun and always number one. Havin my cheerios and ignoring the drearios, sharing my rhymes and dressin to the nines.
Traffic, traffic, lookin for my chapstick.
Protesting all the way to the bank
Regardless of your own personal opinion of her, this woman truly uses her fame for good. She doesn't use "charity" oppotunities as a means of self-promoting like some other celebrities (Angelina Jolie). Everything she does, she does for her fans, and for the good of humanity. Her speeches were so heartfelt last night, you knew she meant it.
Lady gaga sucks, and in no way should you even put Angelina Jolie and her in the same sentence...... Very Foolish
Obviously you don't research your information before posting a comment, Alyssa. Angie Jolie helps many of people who don't have a voice, she gets to do that as she is a celebrity...she makes the rest of us aware of the issues in other poverty striken countries....HELLO!
Angelina's a freak who used to torture her pets!!! Gaga is awesome ;-)
gaga doesn't torture animals, she dresses in them and tortures her wardrobe
This man is a very good person.
Is Rupaul in the news again?
Kanye should have brought Al Sharpton as his date.
I love Lady Gaga because she admits she has faults and doesn't not pretend to be perfect. She says what everyone should say in defense of those who are silenced and rejected!
Go Gaga Go!
Love you girl!
Thank you, Foolkiller, for your glibness and for completely missing the point of her comment.
If Gaga ever met you, she would rethink her comment.
Way to lower the bar!
shut up let her be
I bow to your obvious expertise at "completely missing the point". You were TRYING to reply to me, I assume?
Gaga added last night, "No one person is more valuable than another person." Depends on what you mean by "valuable". Otherwise call a vet next time you need brain surgery...
While I'll listen to her music, when she talks, she doesn't make much sense.
What does that mean?
Look at the picture. She is surrounded by vets.
Man, you guys are idiots. Can't even understand a joke. Vet = veterinarian.
Value and utility are not the same thing.
"Value and utility are not the same thing."
Both are intrinsically LOCKED together, so while they are NOT the exact same thing, utility indeed has value.
Value and utility are NOT intrinsically linked...they may seem similar but many things are valued without the specific use being correlated to a specific value. What Lady Gaga means is that each person has an equal value as a human being (one of the founding tenets of this country)...that does not mean that we are all brain surgeons.
And to those who would question LG's moral value, remember that we have had numerous Presidents and/or First Ladies whose morality was not so questioned in light of their substance abuse:
George W. Bush – recovering alcoholic/COCAINE user
Bill Clinton – "did not inhale" pot smoker
Betty Ford – alcoholic First Lady who founded a world-famous rehab
By these (in)famous standards, among others, substance use does not diminish one's right/ability to stand up for what is right.
God I love this woman. Whether or not you hate her style, love or hate her music, think she is ugly or a beautiful human being (inside and out), you cannot say she doesn't stand for what her fans are and what she believes in. She is the model of what a person SHOULD use their fame for, not like the rest of trash celebrities we are unfortunately made to suffer with these days.
CONGRATS GAGA on winning awards you should have won last year! And THANK YOU for being who you are, because you WERE Born that way!
Amen my friend!
I love Gaga, she's not afraid to express herself and stand up for what is right
She is such a strong person. She really stands up for her beliefs, thats very refreshing. She does this because her closes friends are gay and plain and simple...she loves them. That's awesome. Great way to use your fame.
I hope she continues to go far.
not quite sure I fully agree. while this act is admirable, it is too bad she made such a fool of herself at that Met's game. that was embarassing.
How come they didn't show her in the outfit made of raw meat?
nlsas – hear hear.
I love Lady Gaga! She is a true inspiration to many people. To all of the haters, I say get a life and inspire somebody in a positive way that makes our world a better place to live in.
Go Gaga! I love how she is so entertaining, she is so talented, and she is so genuine about the causes she champions. As a "straight but not narrow" female that has been blessed by wonderful friends in the gay community, I am so glad that she is standing up for them. HOW can this discrimination be accepted in 2010? I feel like this is the Civil Rights fight of our generation.
I’m lovin’ this 100%
I looked the photo and saw it right away, and it brought a bigger smile to my face when I saw they represented SLDN, I’ve been aware of this organization for years and recommend them to any service member going through tough times. It’s good to see that they are getting some help from a very prominent voice.
Either that or she will do anything to capture the headline in an attempt to further her career... Not that its wrong, just should call it what it is instead of making her look like some kind of saint
I totally agree. She is not only a fantastic talent and artist, but she has compassion and intelligence to know how to bring attention to problems and issues around the world.
She may be goofy, but she stands on the right side of justice.
you do know she is a regular cocaine user right? THATS SUCH AN INSPIRATION!
You could not have said it better; love her or hate her, her heart's in th RIGHT PLACE. Kudos to the lady for taking a stand for us! Congrats on your wins-
Richard T, New York City
I actually didn't know what to think of her when she first came onto the scene, but I'm starting to warm up to her. (Even though I don't think I've ever heard a single song she sings... :-)
Some people will never be taken seriously though, she's amongst those somebodys. She may influence the "leaders of tomorrow" but no senator is going to change his mind because Lady Gaga influence. Good for her, but in the end I think its just quid pro quo... she must support her target audience to ensure record/ticket sales.
Notice how there are no former Marines with her!!! Semper Fi
Love her – she is the real deal!
Notice how there are no former Marines!!! Semper Fidelis Devil Dogs!!! GO ARMY
Eww. She's what NOT to become. There are far greater things to strive for in this life!
She deserves to be honored. I am so tired of celebs but GaGa stands head and shoulders above them all.
Love,Love,Love her, thanks Gaga!~
I dont think anyone outside of the Military needs to be speaking on this issue. In 13 years of service I have not had any issues for the exception of one, with gays in the military. Its a private matter that when your at war or depend on that person it doesnt matter. But to think that anyone person thoughts or actions or beliefs are bigger then the military's mission is wrong. Dont ask dont tell has worked just fine. People who have been kicked out need to look into maybe the other things they were doing to draw attention to themselves. I the case of my one experiance with needing to deal with this issue in the bad way, its because the soldier kept harrassing others and caused disruption in the platoon. But I would have handled it the same way if it was straight person. Our job in the military is to give up our freedoms to defend others if you dont like it then you can go.
Exactly. With a nose like that, I bet she can squelch an 8-ball with one snort. We love you Lady GaGa.
Don't know about the other three, but the one in white was a FORMER cadet at West Point. She did not serve in a combat zone and contributed ZERO to accomplishing any mission of the military. To call her a HERO is a complete disgrace to anyone who has served in a combat zone. Go to walter reed where the real heroes can be found. This is nonsense. DADT will be replied eventually anyway, no need for public displays of BS that distract americans from who we should really be honoring, PEOPLE WHO SERVE IN COMBAT AND ENGAGE THE ENEMY not people who go to the VMAs.
You mean her fans are freaks too.
@Mosul Mafia : Wow... just wow. It brings up the ultimatum that either we agree with you or leave a country we all strive to make better. Mmm... let me think about this. I dont care what you believe about all this, because you know what they say about opinions. But saying we either like it or get out only insinuates that when you picked up that gun to fight, you werent defending my rights. You were defending yours. All because I didnt agree with your opinion. What do I say about it? If you dont like it, find a productive way to change it or wait 4 years. And if you dont think I have a right to comment about the military? Ask my father who served in Vietnam, my mother who was a WAC, my brother who is in the navy and all 7 uncles who served in the Marines, Army and Navy. And every single one of them think that every man and woman has a right to pick up a gun and defend the country they hold dear to their hearts. So the next time you say, like it or get the hell out... stop and think about it. Because the shoe may be on the other foot some day.
I totally agree with the people saying that Don't Ask Don't Tell has worked perfectly for the last however many years. As a member of the United States Military, you agree to give up everything for the good of the country. Why does she bring these people who have really done nothing for the country? She does it so that idiots will like her more and to make it "look" like she is really standing up for something. Come on people, can you not see it's just a publicity stunt?
i TOTALLY AGREEE!!
She sure does...that's largely her point and she makes it obvious enough that even the uneducated in our country get it! Kudos to Gaga!
Yet another bigoted comment from one with all their rights.
She doesn't have an Adams apple!
That's just one person's opinion. If you're in battle and hurt and a gay man comes to rescue you...are you going to tell him/her to get the hell away because he/she doesn't belong there. Also...who say he/she would necessarily be attracted to you?
I doubt "OilNtheGulf" will ever see a battlefield except through a computer game.
Sure there is.....on the front line!!!!
why are there not room for gays in the military? why is it when they military finds out someone is gay they do not move with proceedings to remove them til after they have done there tour in iraq or afghanistan? then as soon as they are stationed in a noncombat area they are then removed? someone being gay does not hinder their ability to be a good service member
you are an idiot... " on the front line"? why not put you on the front line
So, now that straight women will now be forced to shower and bunk with openly lesbian women will be staright men be showing and bunking with straight women?
I'm just sayin - equal rights are equal rights.
Nolaj, Ha Ha Ha!!! If you think they are good enough to be in the military then why not on the front line? I never said they weren't good enough. Whose the idot now? Your a moron!
Ok, a lot of people don't understand that even though they still may be great soldiers and leaders, a lot of the straight community in the military is completely uncomfortable with and gay/lesbian. Its a fact and a lot of people would have a very large problem being able to respect them or take them seriously. is this sad? yes kind of. So to let some people serve openly would mean more hate crimes, more insubordination, and discrimination. No matter how much punishment there is for these actions, they are going to happen and the military will become less cohesive and comradery will go out the window. If they want to serve openly to everyone, then they must be prepared for the events to come, i dont think discharge is the answer, i think selection for certain jobs should be implemented much like females in the mliitary. Is it discrimination, sort of but to keep comradery and the peace its a hard decision to make. Either way, these people should not be up there with her trying to make a point, they disgrace the rest of us by even BEING with her.
Assuming she lets it all "hang out" you and Gaga can "nail" the girl in the white together.
GAGA'S A MAN!!!!! stupid ignorant masses.
I'm sorry but I do not smoke. Nasty habit, you should quit.
You don't respect g@ys so you want to send them all to H3ll? Isn't that in M1ch1gan? Why would you show your disrespect by sending g@ys to M1ch1gan? If you respect people do you send them to Fl0r1da instead?
You wrote: "Whose the idot now? Your a moron!"
Did you mean: "Who's the idiot now? You're a moron?"
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