Lady Gaga Pressed to Boycott Arizona

/ July 29, 2010

Lady Gaga is being called out via an online petition by a gay rights group in Arizona to boycott the state thanks to its controversial new immigration law, known as SB 1070. Gaga is scheduled to perform in Phoenix on 7/31, and while there’s been back-and-forth on what exactly the petition is asking her to do, it is certainly throwing the Fame Monster into the mix.

The act, which was scheduled to go into effect today, has been the target of much criticism because opponents see it as unjustified racial profiling. Democracy in Action, the site behind the petition, puts it a bit more bluntly, saying it’s now “a crime to be brown” and is siding with minorities because they “know what it is to have to fight for our full human dignity to be affirmed.”

Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine, and Hall and Oates have already canceled their shows in Arizona. Gaga has yet to respond to the petition, and as of now hasn’t changed her schedule.

Here’s the full letter: 

Lady Gaga,

Please be a lady FOR our community.

The state of Arizona is EXTRA right now. A wave of laws like sb 1070 is making it a crime to be brown and putting whole communities at risk.

Both migrant and LGBTQ communities know what it is to have to fight for our full human dignity to be affirmed. You have the opportunity to play a special role in that fight in Arizona.

Communities have called for a boycott of the state to make it happen. As an icon and beloved artist, please join us in boycotting Arizona and turn your trip into an opportunity to meet your little monsters in the Migrant LGBTQ.munity so that you can speak out against the hateful laws and be a champion for this human rights cause.

What do you think Lady Gaga should do? Sound off in the comments section.