Many artists have decided to boycott Arizona due to the change in the state’s immigration law, but Lady Gaga has taken a more direct route to action. The singer played in Phoenix at the weekend, and encouraged fans in the area to make their feelings about the law known at her show.
Gaga had the words “Stop SB 1070” written on her arm, and told the 14,000 strong crowd that she had played despite receiving calls “from some big rappers” telling her not to go ahead with the concert. “Do you really think that us… pop stars are going to shut down the state?” she asked from the stage.
Instead, Gaga encouraged people to form their own protests: “We have to be active,” she said. “We have to actively protest… I will not cancel my show. I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will protest this state. Do not be afraid. Because if it wasn’t for all of you immigrants, this country wouldn’t have shit.”
Rage Against the Machine and Kanye West are among the artists boycotting Arizona as long as the law is upheld, and while their actions may effectively deprive the state of revenue, it’s also important that someone gets in there and encourages some actual protest. Somehow, this guy’s theory that Gaga is an Illuminati puppet seems on shaky ground after this.