Monday, November 7, 2011

News item: Lady Gaga Launches 'Born This Way' Foundation

I read this story about how Lady Gaga is creating this foundation to help fight bullying in America. I think it's quite a noble thing to do, but I don't know how effective it will be. She's doing it with help from the McArthur Foundation and Harvard University. "Together we hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment," Gaga said about the foundation. In this age of increased cyber bullying and martyrdom, I think the impact on society this will have might be huge. If I know anything about Gaga, and I know a lot, she will pursue and fight for what she believes in, even if the public finds her annoying.

People have been aware of bullying for quite some time and have been trying to prevent it from happening but I think it's impossible to make it illegal or even create a law trying to contain it. I think schools and parents should continue to be the ones to discipline and punish those involved with bullying. I think schools need to beef up their protection of students, but I also think that kids need to learn to stand up for themselves. The public has always known Gaga to stand up for the disenfranchised and that's nothing new. But I do applaud her for her efforts in this project and I hope something awesome comes out of it.

Chances are that nothing will change. We Americans are lazy when it comes to enacting any king of real change. Look at how long it's taken to get New York to legalize gay marriage, while you have California being wishy washy about it. There's always going to be a constant struggle between what's seen as right and what is supposedly wrong. The public will never agree on what constitutes as bullying. Is it simply name-calling? Or demanding lunch money? Is it only reserved for physical violence? What about cyber harassment? There are too many factors to consider when discussing bullying. And you also have to consider the ages of the parties involved. This issue, like so many others, will take a very long time to get settled. I hope this foundation will do well and put more attention on this problem.


  1. I love this article. Thank you for having a blog about this. It does take a while for change to happen in this country but what counts is the people like Lady Gaga with her millions of fans taking a stand for something that is such a hot topic right now. You hear a lot of celebrities always talking about this charity or their own charity, but Gaga takes it to another level. Lady Gaga writes songs, performs, and puts messages out there about not being scared of being who you are. Many people criticize her for her outfits , but that is just her form of expression and no one should be able to bully, or take that away from her or anybody else.

  2. I wasn’t aware that GaGa had started this foundation, but I think she will be a great spokesperson for anti-bullying. As someone who definitely marches to the beat of her own drum, she serves as an inspiration to anyone who may feel like the odd one out. Also, with such a large fanbase, maybe GaGa really will be able to have an impact on future anti-bullying laws and legislation. It is hard to constantly hear in the news about the negative effects bullying is having on kids all over the country, but maybe a foundation like this can finally make a change for the better.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this article. I had no idea that Lady Gaga was getting involved in foundations to help stop bullying. I think she and many other pop idols like her have a huge impact on many teens and young adults who idolize her and other celebs. I also think that she is a strong person to do this because she definitely gets the things she wants done. Maybe if some of the young people in society see her stepping up and fighting against bullying, they will do the same. With the increasing number of articles on bullying everyday, I think more people need to stand up to it.