Lady Gaga Delivers "The Prime Rib of America" Speech
Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:24:21
Lady Gaga turned up at a Portland, Maine rally to oppose the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. She said, "I spent 48 hours trying to find the perfect thing to say. My address to you today is called 'The prime rib of America.'"
According to a transcript posted on the local Morning Sentinel, Gaga continued: "I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will defend the Constitution of the U.S, bear true faith and allegiance … I will obey the order of president of the United States and officers appointed over me, so help me God …Unless there is a gay solider in my unit, sir. That is the oath taken every day."
"Equality is the prime rib of America, but because I'm gay I don't get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat my country has to offer…Doesn't 'don't ask, don't tell' seem to be backwards? Doesn't it seem to you we should send home the prejudice? The straight soldier who hates the gay soldier, whose performance is affected because he is homophobic? He holds and harbors hate and he gets to stay and fight for our country. We gay soldiers, who harbor no hate, no phobia, are sent home … I'd like to propose a new law, a law that sends home the soldier that has the problem. Our new law is called 'If you don't like it, go home.'"
Furthermore, she said, "Send home straight soldiers who fight for some equalities, but not for the equality of the gay… If you are not committed to perform in excellence because you don't believe in equality —go home! I thought equality was non-negotiable."
"If the Senate and the President are not going to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell,' perhaps they should be more clear with us about who the military is fighting for, who our tax dollars are supporting and ultimately, how much does the prime rib cost? Because I thought this was an all you can eat buffet. I have to pay extra, because I'm gay. I'm allowed to stand in line, get shot at, shoot a gun. But when it's time to order my meal, to benefit from the freedoms of the Constitution, I have to pay extra. I shouldn't have to pay extra."
"My name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. I am an American citizen," she reportedly concluded, before leading a chant of "Go home!" and exiting the stage.
Wow. What did you think of Gaga's beefy speech?