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07/07/2010

Gaga on 'Today': Might she stand with the banned?

by Jeremy Hooper

By now you should know about the "Today" show wedding controversy that started on this here site, then snowballed thanks to truly diligent followup from GLAAD. So now we'd like to address the second component of "Operation: Make Today's Modern Love Contest Truly Modern": One Ms. Stefani Germanotta. AKA Lady Gaga. AKA the performer who screamed at President Obama from the National Equality March stage.

Gaga is set to perform on "Today" this coming Friday. Gaga is also set on bettering the world for LGBT people. So: The stage is set for the world's most popular performance artist to make a truly powerful statement. A statement more Lady-Gaga-far-reaching than any of us could ever hope to make ourselves.

Suggestions:

- A costume referencing inclusive "modern love."

- A cover of the David Bowie classic with the same name, with a lyric referencing same-sex couples.

- An activist comment to Matt, Meredith, Ann, or whoever conducts the associated interview.

- Some other sort of shout-out from the stage.

- A theatrical recreation of a same-sex wedding on the stage -- right there in the very spot where "Today" will hold its eventual televised ceremony.

etc, etc.

It doesn't even have to be so obvious. We in the LGBT and progressive Netroots will get the message, even if coded, and will take it to the next level. The point is that this is a truly golden opportunity to turn a crummy situation into a teachable moment. There are many legally married gay people in NYC. There are many ways that "Today" could get around NY state's own ban against licensing same-sex marriages (move the wedding 45 minutes away to CT; turn the licensing process into a compelling story itself; etc.) And there just so happens to be a timely booking featuring the most pro-LGBT artist working today. Now is not the time for a p-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face. The greatest hit will strike directly at the heart of inequality in the very city that made Gaga who she is!

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*NOTE to the Twitter user who insists that this is somehow "undeserved pressure" on Gaga: This is simply an idea. An "ask." There are many reasons why this would not come to fruition. Most everyone putting the idea out there realizes that. So please stop acting as if we (and GLAAD, et al) are "bullying" anyone here.

A principled action would be fantastic. But a lack of an action does not indicate a lack of concern from Camp Gaga. We all get that!

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***UPDATE, 7/8: VICTORY!

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