Late Night: Lady Gaga Pokes Harry Reid on DADT

On Sunday Lady Gaga went to the Video Music Awards with former members of the armed service who left/were discharged over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and who are part of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Today Lady Gaga tweeted her nearly 7 million followers and asked them to call Harry Reid and schedule a Senate vote on the repeal of DADT. Reid must have gotten the messages. He responded via Twitter:

And now, for your Late Night pleasure, Christopher Walken interprets Lady Gaga:

75 Responses to "Late Night: Lady Gaga Pokes Harry Reid on DADT"
Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:01 pm 1

reid was faced with gaga’s pokerface and blinked

yay!!!

hey lisa


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:02 pm 2

Hey Suzanne! I am back for a while now!


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:02 pm 3
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 2

another yay!


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:04 pm 4

that walken video is a hoot lisa


DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:05 pm 5

LISA!
Great news on DADT (now if we could get some action on DOMA).


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:05 pm 6
In response to Suzanne @ 4

He delivers quite a nice interpretation I think.


seabos84 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:06 pm 7

as an old straight white guy, this is bizarre.

OTH, if it is Lady Gaga that gets harry the sell out do to the right thing on this homophobe-idiocy,

yahoo!

rmm


DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:06 pm 8
In response to Suzanne @ 4

I think I might almost learn to like Lady Gaga if I heard Walken doing the songs. ;-)


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:07 pm 9
In response to DrDick @ 5

I think that is next up, first the military then the home front.


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:09 pm 10

lisa — have you seen this lipsync remake of her telephone song by some troops in afghanistan?


DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:09 pm 11
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 9

I keep hoping. We must always push our country to live up to its ideals.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:10 pm 12

Thursday is Lobby Your Congressperson re DADT Day


Teddy Partridge | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:11 pm 13

Harry Reid’s office staff must have told him: “End this, please! Twitter her!” Lotsa calls, I’m quite sure. Didn’t she read his office phone number aloud at the VMAs?


Sharkbabe | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:13 pm 14

Lady Gaga’s brother


DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:14 pm 15
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 13

Maybe we need to do this a lot more for a lot more issues. Nice to see something that actually gets their attention (besides really big money).


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:14 pm 16

I know she mentioned SLDN which received tons of web searches….


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:15 pm 17
In response to Sharkbabe @ 14

hahahahaha


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:17 pm 18

This is seriously huge. I heard Lady Gaga on the radio each timne I took a cab in Istanbul


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:20 pm 19
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 18

she has a huge following — would be great to have her calling out for more progressive issues like she has done with DADT


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:23 pm 20

DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:28 pm 21
In response to Suzanne @ 20

Oh dear.


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:30 pm 22
In response to DrDick @ 21

no wonder reid caved…


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:31 pm 23

Well, there are different artists who have causes close to their hearts.

Jackson Browne wiht nuclear disarmament
Sting, the rain forest
Bono, debt relief, HIV/AIDS on African continent, plus Irish Hospice, human rights
Edge, green housing development, New Orleans musicians
U2 as whole, Amnesty Internationsl (which BTW was founded by the son of the great Irish revolutionary Maude Gonne.
Brad Pitt, New Orleans 9th Ward

Madonna was very effective wiht HIV/AIDS awareness (and fund) raising. I saw her at a fashion show circa 1992 in LA modeling Gaultier. It was wonderful. I saw a concert she did in 2005 which had messages about everything that needed help/fixing/peace/healing


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:32 pm 24

Cool this is what stars should do can she get them to call Obama next?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:34 pm 25

Sean Penn is really effective too.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:34 pm 26

Teddy, I heard you had fun at NORML conf….I went ot HempCon in LA.


Margot | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:37 pm 27

Marines dance to Lady Gaga


DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:37 pm 28
In response to Suzanne @ 22

Have to admit that I really do not get the whole Gaga thing at all. she strikes me as just recycled Madonna. Then again, I have not even pretended to be hip and with it for decades. This is much more my style. And this.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:38 pm 29

Gays, Pot two issues we probably poll better than Obama on just what does it take for Obama to admit he is wrong. Losing Ted’s seat would give anyone else a clue.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:38 pm 30
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 24

I bet she can!


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:41 pm 31
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 30

Cool plus that would get much more Press:) Ant bets her press people will figure that out in a minute. Unlike Obama’s media people who lets face it suck at at getting media attention to all Obama’s *cough* victories.


yellowsnapdragon | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:44 pm 32

Tweeting for DADT and wearing a disgustingly cool meat dress. I like this gaga person.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:48 pm 33
In response to DrDick @ 28

I like Lady Gaga as pop music; I wont cringe if I hear it some place. But for female singers I like this and this and this


yellowsnapdragon | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:48 pm 34
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 18

Oooooh. You were in Istanbul? I *heart* Istanbul!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:54 pm 35
In response to yellowsnapdragon @ 34

Yes, I got back Thursday. I went to Ephesus then Istanbul–I saw U2 play there and then bopped around Sultanahmet. I LOVED the archaeological museum.

Actually I wore a hijab my last full day in Ist; I was tired of getting hassled by vendors, cab drivers, touts, etc. And I noticed that women in head scarves were left alone.


DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:58 pm 36
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 33

Nice. I don’t cringe at Gaga, but I wouldn’t seek it out and might even change the station to find something interesting.


cbl2 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:59 pm 37

Evenin’ Lisa and Firedogs -

tried to ID the medal on Sgt Vasquez’s neck yesterday (she’s to the left of Gaga in the pic above) anyone have a clue ? was curious because the blue of that ribbon is usually significant.

Welcome home, Lisa – loved your pics, thanks


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:02 pm 38
In response to cbl2 @ 37

here’s a list of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Stacy Vasquez medals (scroll down to her section)


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:03 pm 39
In response to DrDick @ 36

My fave radio went away, so now I listne to talk radio to see how the conservatives are thinking, but not Fox radio, too much hate for driving; or to CDs.

In Humboldt I like ot listne to the community radi statin KMUD which during harvest season broadcasts has “cop spotter” reports and advises about where fixed wing aircraft and helicopters have been spotted. And they play songs like these by the Camo Cowboys and other grassroots musicians


cbl2 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:09 pm 40
In response to Suzanne @ 38

thanks, Suz.
was reading that one yesterday and would then flip over to a medals page – and couldn’t match it. I suspect it is her Recruiter of the Year medal. appreciate it

why do I have the impression we’re letting go of nothing but distinguished folk ? X~o

back to our regularly scheduled thread


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:09 pm 41

Stacy Vasquez, former Army Sergeant, First Class, was fired under DADT.

Vasquez had served in the Army for nearly twelve years. Vasquez earned many awards and commendations during her long Army career, including the Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal (5), Army Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), NCO Professional Development (3), Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Member, Physical Fitness Excellence Award, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Grenade Bar, Marksman Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Bar, U.S. Army Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphire Achievement Stars, and the U.S. Army Basic Recruiter Badge with 3 Gold Achievement Stars. She had attained the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) with recruiter and paralegal specialties.


DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:09 pm 42
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 39

Have to admit that mostly I just listen to CDs (I have about 3,000). Radio here is the wilds of western Montana is pretty spotty (LOTS of Clear Channel stations), though we have one pretty good local station here in Missoula.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:09 pm 43

What star can we get to do this who can influence Obama?


DrDick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:11 pm 44

Time for me to toddle off. Have my seminar tomorrow, which means I have to be coherent.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:11 pm 45

What star has pull with Obama’s core voters? Are there any Obama core voters anymore? This kind of polling we might need micro target Mark Penn to find.


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:12 pm 46
In response to DrDick @ 44

g’nite dr dick


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:12 pm 47
In response to DrDick @ 44

Nite:)


cbl2 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:12 pm 48
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 43

well I’m sure Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein consider themselves ‘stars’ so we’re good to go :D


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:13 pm 49
In response to Suzanne @ 38

beat me to it.

DADT is so damn foolish. So is DOMA. I can;t help feel the IRS and govt bean counters partially behind DOMA because domestic partnership health benefits are taxable, BUT marriage benefits ar enot.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:13 pm 50

Night , Dr D


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:16 pm 51
In response to cbl2 @ 48

Who?


Teddy Partridge | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:17 pm 52
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 26

We had a blast.

Whitney blew them all away with his mad organizing skilz.

And no one schmoozes like Walker.


mzchief | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:21 pm 53

Here’s the landing page for all the videos that prompted Harry Reid’s response. Lady GaGa did a great job introducing the service members, mentioned SLDN.Org (which folks instantly searched) and made the statement, “No one person is more valuable than another person” (time point 2:00). WOW– she wins my respect for her effective use of the media spotlight and for her progressive politics! So what if she wears a meat dress (apparently she is a vegetarian if not a vegan).


cbl2 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:21 pm 54
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 49

well thanks just the same.

have fond memories of Istanbul – well, except for that whole We’re All Gonna Effin’ Die ! thing with every taxi ride :D it was a long time ago, maybe that’s changed. just an incredible place


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:21 pm 55
In response to mzchief @ 53

*waving hi to mzchief*


cbl2 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:23 pm 56
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 51

the CEO’s of Citibank and Goldman’s


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:24 pm 57
In response to cbl2 @ 56

That would work they are his only support now.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:24 pm 58
In response to cbl2 @ 54

The cabs were mellow, and aside from the on going “Hey! where are you from?” and other solicitations, I had a great time. There was a very interesting exhibit on Arab inventions during Europe’s Dark Ages.


Teddy Partridge | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:25 pm 59
In response to mzchief @ 53

Hey mz!


mzchief | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:27 pm 60
In response to Suzanne @ 55

Aloha, Suzanne!


cbl2 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:28 pm 61
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 58

ya mean inventions like Algebra ? feh :D


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:31 pm 62
In response to cbl2 @ 61

there’sa book, 1001 Inventions that goes into it, but chemsitry, kerosene, distillation, water clocks, human kites,/flight, astrolabes, fixed sail boats…


Teddy Partridge | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:33 pm 63
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 62

Sounds like you were suitably brainwashed. *g*


cbl2 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:35 pm 64
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 62

meanwhile, my people were burning witches X~o


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:37 pm 65
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 63

The exhibition was a cleverly designed counter balance to Istanbul being the European Cultural Capital for 2010.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:38 pm 66
In response to cbl2 @ 64

Mmm, I represent that statement. ;)


bigbrother | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:41 pm 67

Harry Reid is Disaster Capitalism in the flesh. Good for GaGa. Interesting post.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:46 pm 68
In response to bigbrother @ 67

U.S. Soldier in Iraq watches Lady Gaga on MTV, calls Senate switchboard, and writes thank you note: http://www.SLDN.org/Gaga

–From Balad, Iraq: “Thank you Lady Gaga! I called my Senators from Iraq…it took all of three minutes (one minute was dedicated to all the numbers I had to push on the telephone). Let’s keep the pressure up!”


mzchief | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:52 pm 69
In response to cbl2 @ 61

The Arabs understood effective surgical techniques, advanced mathematics, astronomy … civilized stuff like that although, according to this program, the Persians are credited with contributing to a medical summit in order for the Tibetans to codify that knowledge into a comprehensive medical system (footnote: the film “Medicine Man” essentially depicts “Pharmacognosy [..] one of the five major divisions of the pharmaceutical curriculum, represents the oldest branch of the profession of pharmacy.”


mzchief | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:57 pm 70

Ah it’s sleepy time for me … nighty, night, folks. :)


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 14, 2010 09:58 pm 71

Me too. Nihgt all!!


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 10:00 pm 72
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 71

twas a great evening, as usual. g’nite lisa


Suzanne | Tuesday September 14, 2010 10:00 pm 73
In response to mzchief @ 70

g’nite mzchief


Adam503 | Tuesday September 14, 2010 10:33 pm 74

I betcha that DADT vote gets unscheduled Friday afternoon.


TheCallUp | Wednesday September 15, 2010 12:39 pm 75

That’s rather impressive! LOL! GaGa extends a hoop and the Majority Leader knows he’s to jump through it.

Gaga, I’m impressed!


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