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Gaga, Reid, DADT converge at the intersection of pop andĀ politics

By Eden James

If you haven’t been following this week’s developments on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, then you’ve probably been hiding in a cave.

After all, it’s in the bloodstream of not just the cable news channels but the entertainment shows as well, after Lady Gaga made it her mission to highlight DADT at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night and turn over the front page of her web site to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

As Yahoo reported:

“After the show aired, web searches soared on everything from “lady gaga guests” to “what does SLDN stand for”.

Then, after Gaga went on Ellen, it hit the Twitterverse and the news cycle extended again. Check out this Las Vegas TV news blow-by-blow of the tweeting lovefest between Lady Gaga and Senator Harry Reid, who promised to bring DADT to the floor for a vote next week, as a part of the larger Defense Authorization bill:


And that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg of activism inspired by Lady Gaga’s move on Sunday. A great deal of credit goes to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which courageously decided to amp up the pressure on the Senate by moving out of the comfortable cul de sac of political activists and into the realm of pop culture. (Of course, it goes without saying that if it wasn’t for the hard work done for years by SLDN, Servicemembers United, Knights Out, the Palm Center and so many other organizations, institutions, and individuals — the list is endless — dedicated to the repeal of DADT this “tipping point” moment would not have been possible).

What we are witnessing is the accelerating convergence of pop culture and politics and a recognition by people as powerful as Sen. Reid that it can’t be ignored – and should be embraced. We saw a similar dynamic in 2008 after produced the “Yes, We Can” video following Barack Obama’s defeat in the New Hampshire primary:


UPDATE: The “Gaga-inspired-student-calls-their-Senator” trend is picking up on YouTube. Check out this student calling Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown — and finding out that Brown is against the repeal of DADT… until the Pentagon issues its report in December:

Inspired? Call the Capitol Switchboard right now to talk with your Senator ASAP. As the video above shows, it just takes a minute of your time:

(202) 224-3121

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