Lady Gaga Surprises Teen Fan With Personal Video Message About His Anti-Bullying Campaign (Video)
The pop singer e-mailed an unsuspecting 17-year-old congratulating him on his efforts to "spread tolerance and equality for all students."
Lady Gaga surprised one of her little monsters with a personal video supporting his anti-bullying campaign.
The pop singer e-mailed a video message Friday to one of her fans, 17-year-old Jacques St. Pierre, who has organized events at his Toronto school to raise awareness of bullying, congratulating him on his efforts.
"I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you for being such a strong advocate of the LGBT community in your school," she says in the video. "There should be more little monsters like you. My father always saves all the fan letters that I receive and I read yours very recently and wanted to send this video to you. It is important that we push the boundaries of love and acceptance. It is important that we spread tolerance and equality for all students."
Gaga, who has repeatedly said she wants to make bullying a hate crime, especially in the wake of 14-year-old bullying victim Jamey Rodermeyer's suicide, reiterated her vow in the video.
"I'm going to be working as hard as I can to make bullying a hate crime," she said.
For his part, St. Pierre said he was overwhelmed and shocked at Gaga's personal video message.
"The subject line said 'To Jacques from Lady Gaga,'" he told the CBC. "It said 'click on the link below to download the video for your assembly.' So no questions asked, Lady Gaga sent us a video. I watched it, and I started crying. I'm a huge fan. It's kind of embarrassing because I love her so much. I couldn't believe it."
Gaga has been on an anti-bullying crusade for some time. In October, she addressed President Obama at one of his California fundraisers about the issue, where she walked through the photo line and spoke with him for about two minutes.
She later stood during the Q&A session at the Atherthon, Calif., gathering, where she thanked the president for his anti-bullying conference and read a fan letter regarding Rodemeyer’s suicide. Gaga then made a plea with event guests to do whatever possible in order to prevent bullying.
Rodemeyer was found dead Sept. 17 outside his family's home in Buffalo, N.Y. He had posted several YouTube videos about his experiences as a bullying victim, mentioning his being a fan of Gaga in several of them.
“I am meeting with our President," she tweeted before the event. "I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey. The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones [sic] life.”