Lady Gaga: Send home the homophobes!

In a speech against "don't ask, don't tell," the pop star goes beyond camp -- for a brief moment

Published September 21, 2010 5:10AM (EDT)

Damn that Lady Gaga. She may be wildly overexposed, and tiresome in her predictable unpredictability, but it's hard to dislike the pop star after her speech at a rally late Monday to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." There were moments of pure camp -- she declared equality "the prime rib of America," in a reference to her infamous meat dress -- but she also managed to make a decent, respectable point:

Doesn't it seem to be that "don't ask, don't tell" is backwards? Doesn't it seem to be, based on the Constitution of the United States, that we're penalizing the wrong soldier? Doesn't it seem to you that we should send home the prejudice, the straight soldier who hates the gay soldier? The straight soldier whose performance in the military is affected because he is homophobic?

That's a lot of rhetorical questions, but point taken. As for the road ahead, she suggests an alternative law cheekily titled, "If you don't like it, go home."

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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