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Most parents want to cover their children's eyes and ears when it comes to Lady Gaga. She says it all, often bares it all, and recently admitted to taking drugs as often as the rest of us take vacations.
But given the fact that she's already part of your kids' pop culture consciousness (if Justin Bieber follows Lady Gaga, chances are that your children do, too), is there anything you can point to that's admirable about Lady Gaga -- apart from her musical talent and success? One thing that gets my vote: She fights for her political beliefs, even when they're not popular.
During a concert in Arizona earlier this week, Gaga made a strong statement to her audience against the state's tough immigration law. "We have to be active. We have to protest," Gaga told them. "I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will peaceably protest this state."
Gaga is also one of the strongest public defenders of gay rights. At last year's National Equality March in Washington, D.C., she told the crowd, "We are the ones coming up in the world. We must continue to push this movement forward and close the gap. We must demand full equality for all… I will do my part. I refuse to accept any misogynist or homophobic behavior in music, lyrics or actions in the music industry. I will continue to fight for full equality for all."
Some say this is all part of Gaga's self-promotional strategy, but to my eyes and ears it seems to come from a place of sincere conviction. I don't know many other top contemporary musicians quite so eloquent and passionate when it comes to current events. For the most part, pop stars enjoy staying within the insulation of their fantasy bubbles, or sometimes make a fumbling remark (a la Kanye West) that only reflects poorly on their integrity.
You may not agree with Lady Gaga's politics, and you may be annoyed when pop stars preach politics, but if sticking to convictions and acting on them is a quality you'd like your children to exhibit, you could do a lot worse than pointing to Lady Gaga... so long as she's wearing clothes.
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