Lady Gaga at Obama Silicon Valley Fundraiser

Lady Gaga bought a top-tier ticket and attended an exclusive Silicon Valley fundraiser at the home of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Sunday night. Wearing a black, sleeveless lace gown and with her hair piled up, Lady Gaga was 2 feet taller than everyone including Obama, thanks to her super high heels and substantial up-do. Her outfit included a black veil. In recent days Gaga has been saddened and angered by the suicide of 14 year old fan Jamey Rodemeyer, and her choice of attire suggests mourning.

Last week Lady Gaga said she would be meeting with POTUS to discuss her concerns about bullying–at one point Gaga tweeted that bullying

must become illegal

 

USA Today reports from pool reporter Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal:

POTUS spoke for about 8 minutes, with Lady Gaga sitting front and center. And although he never acknowledged her obvious presence, it seems likely the two crossed paths during greetings inside the house before the dinner.

ABC reports a slightly different scenario from an anonymous source inside the tent. According to their source, Gaga thanked the President for what he has accomplished, then read what she said was a letter from a fan discussing another of her fans who committed suicide over bullying. After which she

thanked Obama for hosting his anti-bullying conference with Michelle Obama, and then made a general plea to everyone in the room, including the president, to do what they can to prevent bullying.

Gaga was spurred to tweet on bullying after Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself over incessant bullying. His final tweet was

@ladygaga bye mother monster, thank you for all you have done, paws up forever

and he was buried in a “Born This Way” shirt. Jeremy had made an It Gets Better video in May, but the bullying at Williamsville North High School in Buffalo, N.Y., and online was ceaseless. New York already has an anti-bullying law, the Dignity for All Students Act, passed in 2010.

The Gay Straight Alliance issued a statement with regards to Gaga’s call for the criminalizing of bullying:

It’s great that Lady Gaga is bringing national attention to this problem, but now we must focus on real solutions. By writing letters, starting and supporting Gay-Straight Alliances, talking to teachers and administrators and mobilizing our communities, we can push schools to enforce existing non-discrimination policies in a way that doesn’t contribute to an environment of fear and punishment, but rather fosters a culture of safety, inclusion, and respect for all students.

Ticket cost for the Obama fundraiser was the standard $35,800 per couple/single seat. Gaga apparently came alone.

37 Responses to "Lady Gaga at Obama Silicon Valley Fundraiser"
Lisa Derrick | Monday September 26, 2011 09:43 am 1

NY state senator Sen. form the BronxJeff Klein said

his bill would expand second-degree manslaughter to include

“bullycide,” or death by cyberbullying, when the perpetrator “intentionally or recklessly causes the victim of such offense to commit suicide.” It would be a Class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Klein’s bill would also update third-degree stalking to include cyberbullying, defined as using electronic communications likely to cause fear of harm or emotional distress in someone under 21. That’s a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year.


Teddy Partridge | Monday September 26, 2011 01:21 pm 2

Her fan Jamey spoke directly to her in his last tweet.

She had every right, and the responsibility, to take that message directly to the president, wearing mourning clothes.


Lisa Derrick | Monday September 26, 2011 01:59 pm 3

Yes. She did have every right. And that is why I mentioned it. Mourning is highly appropriate. i wonder if anyone their realized why she was wearing a veil. While I cannot guarantee that is why she wore what she wore, she is so culture savvy that it could not be ignored.


bluedot12 | Monday September 26, 2011 03:33 pm 4

Fight on my Lady.


Kelly Canfield | Monday September 26, 2011 03:35 pm 5

Here’s Jamey in his own words in a “It Gets Better” video from just last May.

Watched it 2 times now, and it’s made me all boo-hoo each time. He was putting on a brave face before, but something or things must have happened more recently.


CTuttle | Monday September 26, 2011 03:43 pm 6

God Bless and God Speed, Lady Gaga…! *g*


Hannibal | Monday September 26, 2011 03:48 pm 7

Minor quibble:

her choice of attire suggests mourning.

Actually her choice of attire, as always, screams attention whore.


eCAHNomics | Monday September 26, 2011 03:50 pm 8

Who is this gaga freak & why should anyone care.


RevBev | Monday September 26, 2011 03:55 pm 9
In response to eCAHNomics @ 8

Leave it to you to say the nicest things….


tjbs | Monday September 26, 2011 03:58 pm 10
In response to Hannibal @ 7

Is that the right tone and statement regarding this subject. Save it for the right format


eCAHNomics | Monday September 26, 2011 04:00 pm 11
In response to RevBev @ 9

I’ll note for the record that you did not answer the question.


stewarjt | Monday September 26, 2011 04:01 pm 12

Lady Gaga is using her fame, money and influence to effect change that helps people.

RIGHT ON!!!


Dearie | Monday September 26, 2011 04:05 pm 13

Just to balance the “get offa my lawn” contingent: I’m pretty old, and I don’t follow LadyGaga except to know that she has been fighting the good fight against discrimination against the LBGT community. (I think she spoke about DADT also…..am I right?)

eCAHN, LadyGaga is a famous pop singer with a huge following.

I, for one, am grateful that she was able to pay for one of those tickets (probably the only way anyone can ever actually get close enough to MrPresnit to get any attention) and even though I don’t follow her music or her style, I am so glad that she got close enough to share her message.

It won’t change Mr. Hopey-Changey’s approach, but it might bring more attention to the problem of bullying in general.


Dearie | Monday September 26, 2011 04:13 pm 14

Sorry, Lisa, if the curmudgeon and the crone harshed your thread. But I thank you for sharing this. I hadn’t seen this news anywhere else. Good for LadyGaga.


Twain | Monday September 26, 2011 04:17 pm 15

She is a classy woman to do this. Right in Obama’s face. You go, girl.


oldgold | Monday September 26, 2011 04:24 pm 16

How is Obama involved in this?


CTuttle | Monday September 26, 2011 04:27 pm 17
In response to Dearie @ 14

Stick around for LLN, M’dear…! ;-)


Twain | Monday September 26, 2011 04:27 pm 18
In response to oldgold @ 16

Obama is involved because he never says anything about injustice. Can you imagine the good it would do if he made a speech about bullying and how awful it is? We need voices, especially powerful ones, speaking out about this problem.


jjjj | Monday September 26, 2011 04:33 pm 19
In response to Hannibal @ 7

As did Lt. Choi’s choice to wear his military uniform for a political publicity stunt. And the weeping about his self made circumstance never ends.


RevBev | Monday September 26, 2011 04:35 pm 20
In response to eCAHNomics @ 11

So building a record is most important to you…So….never mind what was said.


edur | Monday September 26, 2011 04:40 pm 21

WTF About the Obamanible BULLY PUPPET’S Global BULLYING EXAMPLE; Particularly, Threatening To ASSASSINATE ANY of US?!


CTuttle | Monday September 26, 2011 04:43 pm 22
In response to jjjj @ 19

And the weeping about his self made circumstance never ends. Huh…? Dewd(ette), ya done took a wrong turn somewhere in the Toobz…! 8-(


RevBev | Monday September 26, 2011 04:44 pm 23
In response to CTuttle @ 22

Aaaaaamen…..;)


jjjj | Monday September 26, 2011 04:58 pm 24
In response to RevBev @ 23

(and CTuttle)

The quote was (post 7) …”Actually her choice of attire, as always, screams attention whore.”

How is that not the same thing as Choi dressing IN UNIFORM and then chaining himself to the White House fence for a POLITICAL PROTEST, and the people on here are all whining about how he is being held to a different legal standard (like he wasn’t allowed to bond out in misdemeanor court like the others who were arrested.)?

They are BOTH attention seekers. The only difference is that Lady Gaga is SUPPOSED to dress in costume in order to attract attention.

Choi, OTOH, used the US Military uniform to make a PERSONAL statement.

He dishonored the uniform. She didn’t dishonor her costume, and if Choi doesn’t know the difference between a costume and a uniform he deserves whatever happens to him.

Hero or not. He’s using his name to generate fame and trashing the uniform for publicity and politics.


RevBev | Monday September 26, 2011 05:01 pm 25
In response to jjjj @ 19

The uniform bespeaks war….he’s been fighting for his life and freedom.


CTuttle | Monday September 26, 2011 05:07 pm 26
In response to jjjj @ 24

He dishonored the uniform…

I wore that same uniform for 20 yrs, and, he damn sure didn’t dishonor it…! He actually brought greater credit upon it, than what is being carried out by that very uniform overseas, daily…! Get a grip…!


oldgold | Monday September 26, 2011 05:22 pm 27
In response to Twain @ 18

What about this?


bgrothus | Monday September 26, 2011 06:19 pm 28

I think Lady Gaga is doing a great job on LGBT issues in particular. I have seen several interviews of her, and she is quite articulate, thoughtful, composed and always turns the interview right around when the host/interviewer gets into an area that she finds inappropriate, without losing her temper or being rude.

For those who find her over the top, I think she is incredibly studied about fame, how it happens, and to our benefit, how it can be used for making the world a better place.

I think that is what she is trying to do. She is a performer, and she is very good at performing, she is very bright and knows what she is doing. She knows where she draws the line, and for those who don’t “get it,” that is your loss, IMO.

Obama does not “get” LGBT issues. Good for her for getting in his face. I hope it helps the cause.


Twain | Monday September 26, 2011 06:20 pm 29
In response to oldgold @ 27

Those are very good things but there’s nothing like saying right out loud “this will not be tolerated.” We have to help these kids who are dying because they are gay. It’s unacceptable.


Teddy Partridge | Monday September 26, 2011 07:58 pm 30
In response to eCAHNomics @ 8

Have another drink… or seven.


caleb36 | Monday September 26, 2011 11:10 pm 31

Lady Gaga seems like a wonderful person.


whattheincorporated | Tuesday September 27, 2011 02:23 am 32

With Obamas current track record on “helping” the disadvantaged, I’m certain he’ll address bullying by pinky bellying a fat kid in the audience, pulling the glasses off a nerd and stomping on them, then stealing a bunch of poor kids lunch money.

There are never enough people below obamas bus.


dicksmc3 | Tuesday September 27, 2011 06:43 am 33

We could use a few more stars like Gaga getting involved. Thanks Lady Gaga..


DonWilliams | Tuesday September 27, 2011 09:16 am 34

“It’s great that Lady Gaga is bringing national attention to this problem, but now we must focus on real solutions.”

LOL.


DonWilliams | Tuesday September 27, 2011 09:21 am 35
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 1

“Klein’s bill would also update third-degree stalking to include cyberbullying, defined as using electronic communications likely to cause fear of harm or emotional distress in someone under 21. That’s a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year.”

So, if a girl drops her teenage boyfriend hard she can go to jail for a year?

Great. Another Democrat wanting to suppress free speech. Civil rights is supposed to be why the left exists, just like lowering taxes is why the right exists.


RevBev | Tuesday September 27, 2011 12:02 pm 37
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 30

A-mmmmmmeeeeen.


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