Lady Gaga Sings Tribute To Bullied Teen At Festival
Pop star Lady Gaga is aiming to make bullying illegal following the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer, and over the weekend played a tribute to the 14-year-old, who took his life last week.
“I wanted to take a minute, because, I don’t know if any of you know this, but we lost a Little Monster,” she informed the crowd. “I wanted to dedicate this song to him tonight because he was really young.”
As she launched into the single “Hair,” she explained to the audience, “I wrote this record about how your identity’s all you’ve got when you’re in school…Jamey, I know you’re up there looking down on us. And you’re not a victim, you’re a lesson to all of us. So tonight, I know it’s a bit of a downer, but sometimes the right thing’s more important than the music isn’t it? Let’s do this for him – for Jamey.”
On September 18, the 14-year-old was found dead outside of his parents home in Buffalo, New York. His parents told Anderson Cooper on “AC: 360” that he’d endured bullying for years.
Rodemeyer, who’d been harassed at school because of his sexuality, counted Gaga as an inspiration. He said in a video he recorded as part of the It Gets Better campaign that he’d found solace and encouragement in the pop star’s message of self-acceptance.
Following Jamey’s death, Gaga tweeted, “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….Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime. 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.”