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Add on another reason that Lady Gaga is a badass. Gaga played a show in Phoenix on Saturday July 31 despite being asked by artists in Soundstrike, an organization of musicians boycotting Arizona in protest of immigration reform law SB1070, to cancel her show and boycott the state. Instead, Gaga played her show with “Stop SB1070″ written promeniently on her left forearm. Gaga also talked about the controversial law in Phoenix, saying:

“I got a phone call from a couple really big rock and rollers, big pop stars, big rappers, and they said, we’d like you to boycott Arizona, we’d like you to boycott playing Arizona because of SB1070. And I said, you really think that us dumb [yes, ableist language] fucking pop stars are gonna collapse the economy of Arizona?

I’ll tell you what we have to do about SB1070. We have to be active, we have to actively protest, and the nature of the monster ball is to actively protest prejudice and injustice and the bullshit that is put on our society because you’re a superstar no matter who you are or where you come from, and you were born that way.

I will not cancel my show. I will yell and I will scream louder and I will hold you and we will hold each other and we will peaceably protest this state.

But do not be afraid, because if it wasn’t for all you immigrants this country wouldn’t have shit.”

I’m so happy that Lady Gaga chose to actually be active and speak up about SB1070 instead of doing nothing, which is essentially what the Soundstrike artists are doing. Perhaps they believe that everyone in Arizona supports the new law and so it is only outside forces that will being change to the state. If they came to AZ and talked to local people, their fans, they’d see that there are many many people who are as outraged about SB1070 as they are. No, even more angry because we’re the ones who live here and have laws like this affect our friends and family. A far smarter, and affective, protest would be coming here and speaking out against SB1070, like Lady Gaga and the artists involved in Viva Arizona.

According to the Viva Arizona website:

In response to Arizona’s recently passed “immigration” law, SB 1070 and HB 2281, which effectively bans ethnic studies in public schools, Artists for Action is asking the world’s artists to flock to Arizona to encourage dialog around these divisive issues. “We’re asking artists to take a stand, make their voices heard, and inspire fans to get involved,” said Joey Burns of Tucson-based Calexico. “Now is the time when art can make a difference. Now is the time for action.”

Honestly, as someone who lives in Arizona, bands that I like and respect boycotting my state just makes me like them less and feel like they’re taking the easy way out. As Charlie Levy wrote, “The truth is, a boycott is an easy gesture that doesn’t require much more than a statement and removing a date from your tour schedule. However, if you truly care about the effects of the controversial immigration law that was passed, this is an opportunity to use your unique position as an artist with the ability to reach thousands of people to inspire, educate and motivate your fans to actively be a part of the change.” His whole letter is pretty spot on. Instead of boycotting the state these bands should be flooding it. The republicans that support SB 1070 are most likely really happy that a bunch of left leaning bands have silenced themselves by not playing here. But not artists like Lady Gaga. Even if you’re not a fan (….Dan…), you gotta respect a lady that speaks her mind. Watch the video below for her full comments.

(via Feministing)

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