So I suppose the proper response now from conservatives is to pile on Lady Gaga for her comments against Arizona’s immigration-enforcement law. Boycott! Burn her records! Never listen to her again!
I’m going to to look at the glass half full, though.
Note the distinct difference between GaGa’s take on how those dissenting from Arizona’s law should respond versus the approach of Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha:
LADY GAGA: I want you to let go of all of your insecurities. I want you to reject any person, or any thing, or any law that has ever made you feel like you don’t belong. I got a phone call from a couple of really big rock and rollers, big pop stars, big rappers, and they said, “we’d like you to boycott Arizona…because of SB-1070.” And I said, “you really think that us dumb f*cking pop stars are going to collapse the economy of Arizona?”
I’ll tell you what we have to do about SB-1070. We have to be active. We have to actively protest. The nature of the Monster Ball is to actively protest prejudice, and injustice, and that bullsh*t that is put on our society…because you’re a superstar, no matter who you are, no matter 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. Because if it wasn’t for all of you immigrants, this country wouldn’t have sh*t.And I mean it. I mean it so deeply in my soul.
When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, they arrested her. As a result, people got together and said we are not going to ride the bus until they change the law. It was this courageous action that sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. What if we got together, signed a collective letter saying, “we’re not going to ride the bus”, saying we are not going to comply. We are not going to play in Arizona. We are going to boycott Arizona!
It’s a profoundly dumb idea for artists to boycott Arizona because they disagree with a law that was passed. (And lets just put aside the fact that they completely misinterpret the law through a racist, Marxist lens.) A handful of neo-communist artists choosing not to have concerts in Arizona and to punish their fans in that state will have no effect whatsoever.
Lady GaGa instead having a concert and voicing her opinion — and encouraging her fans to participate in the political process instead of play around with futile Rage-style gestures — is much more in line with the American Idea. If you don’t like a law then get involved in the political process, try and persuade people that it’s the wrong course, and get it changed.
While she might be taking her political cues from the Left there seems to still be hope for Gaga. Accepting that the hard Left’s methods for social change are absurd is the first step toward eventually realizing that the ideas themselves are even more ludicrous.
Perhaps one day she too GaGa get mugged by reality and have her Second Thoughts… Given her tendency to want to shock and offend I can’t think of a more subversive career move than to go Neo-Con.