London, Sep 21 : Singer Lady Gaga has spoken out against the current policy in the US which prevents homosexuals from serving in the army.
Gaga gave a speech Monday urging the military to replace their ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy with her proposed alternative ‘If you don’t like it, you can go home’. The 24-year-old singer addressed a gathering of over 2,000 people in Maine.
“Doesn’t it seem to you that we should send home the prejudiced straight soldier who hates the gay soldier? I am here today because I want to propose a law called ‘If you don’t like it, you can go home’. A law that sends home the homophobes, that sends home the prejudiced,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Gaga as saying.
“If you are not committed to perform with excellence as a United States soldier because you don’t believe in full equality, go home. If you are not honourable enough to fight without prejudice, go home,” she added.
The pop star was dressed in a black suit, a patriotic stars and stripes tie and a long white wig.
“Equality is the prime rib of what we stand for as a nation. And I don’t get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat that my country has to offer. Are you listening? Shouldn’t everyone deserve the right to wear the same meat dress that I did? Repeal ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’,” she said.
Gaga, who had recently revealed in a video blog that she wants to be the voice of her generation, also wants the government to be answerable to the public.
“I’m here today in this park, in Maine, to say that, if the Senate and the president are not going to repeal this ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, 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?”