Lady Gaga Wants Meeting With President Obama To Make Bullying a Hate Crime
The singer has expressed outrage about the recent suicide of a bullied teenager who said Gaga was his inspiration.
The suicide of teenager Jamey Rodemeyer, a participant in the It Gets Better video campaign against bullying, has so shaken Lady Gaga that she's asked for a meeting with President Barack Obama with the intention of pushing to make bullying a hate crime.
The singer, who was an idol for the teenager, announced on Twitter Wednesday, "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 life." She continued, "I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey."
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According to MTV News, the White House could not confirm that the singer had officially set up a meeting with the President.
Rodemeyer was a 14-year-old living in Buffalo, N.Y. who had endured taunts and bullying online about his homosexuality for over a year before finally ending his life on Sunday, Sept. 18. His parents found him outside the family home on that morning, though police have not revealed the cause of death. In his video for It Gets Better, helping gay teens learn to deal with excessive bullying, Rodemeyer called Gaga an inspiration, saying, "She makes me so happy. She lets me know that I was born this way."