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Lady Gaga Refused To Be Bought By GOP: Rejected $1M To Sing At RNC

As a party that seems stunningly out of touch with the diverse and rapidly changing demographics of this great and grand country of ours, the GOP continues to operate in ways that solidify their brand as narrow, stodgy, intolerant, and clueless about modern culture. This would extend, it seems, to the people with whom they choose to affiliate, right down to those they ask to entertain at their conventions.

For example, anyone who knows or pays a modicum of attention to the performer known as Lady Gaga, knows she is devoted to her wildly diverse fan base (lovingly called her “Little Monsters”) and takes a very high-profile and proactive stand on gay rights. Juxtapose this against a political party known to be largely and loudly anti-gay when it comes to issues such as the Defense of Marriage Act, Proposition 8, even the happily retired “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military, and it should come as no surprise that when the organizers of last summer’s Republican National Convention invited the Lady to sing for their Convention, she said, “no.” She declined a $1 million payday because, considering the passion of her fight for equality, nothing could be more wrong than singing for the right.

From the Washington Examiner:

The snub by the pop star is included in a lawsuit filed by a powerful Republican nonprofit fundraising organization, American Action Network, against a vendor whose job was to stage entertainment just outside the doors to the GOP’s convention in August.

Documents filed with the lawsuit show that other entertainers also said “no thanks” to appearing at the GOP convention including Dolly Parton and the rapper Pitbull, who Republicans hoped to feature at an event for the Hispanic Leadership Network.

Many entertainers, including Journey and Lynyrd Skynyrd, agreed to perform at the convention, but Lady Gaga’s offer was the most lucrative, according to an email sent last summer by AAN’s director of development, Pete Meachum.

Which, for anyone who holds political convictions or admires a person who can reject money for the sake of principle, raises the estimation of a certain Lady. In fact, more than the million was dangled; lawsuit documents include correspondence between Meachum and Rob Jennings, head of Cater America (which was involved with planning RNC events) that details other enticements waved in front of the iconic entertainer:

Meachum, who is a former aide to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and is now chief of staff for Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., wanted Lady Gaga to perform on Monday, Aug. 27, the evening of the convention’s first official day.

“Also, tell them that $150,000 will go towards a domestic violence shelter,” Meachum further instructed Jennings in an effort to make the offer harder for Lady Gaga to refuse. [Source]

She refused. This, no doubt, frustrated the efforts of the organizers to “hip up” the proceedings. They did, however, get Journey and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

But even so… the lawsuit filed by American Action Network against Rob Jennings and Cater America is an effort to recover $350,000 lost when the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert, scheduled for the night Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to Hurricane Isaac, was canceled. Cater America is countersuing, based on their contention that AAN reneged on a deal to pay Journey $500,000 to play the final night of the convention, as well as for other disagreements and expenses accrued over the length event.

Given the state of affairs with Lady Gaga’s rejection and this mess with Skynyrd and Journey, it seems clear that mixing Republicans and rock and roll is not a good idea. But we’ll let the lawyers work all that out.

As for the Little Monsters? They’re pretty impressed that their idol had the courage of her convictions. It’s not everyone who’ll walk away from a million dollars for the sake of principle. But they’d tell you they knew all along she’s someone standing on the “Edge of Glory.”

by Anonymousreply 3104/03/2013

I only read the title. Article was too long to bother with seeing as it was about Gaga. Of coarse she wouldn't be caught associating with Republicans. It would kill what little is left of her career. No story.

by Anonymousreply 104/01/2013

r1 = madbot, still crying about her faded youth and relevance.

by Anonymousreply 204/01/2013

Wrong R2. Madonna is an ugly old has been cunt. Who pathetically doesn't see what everyone else does...She's been over for 15 years. Both of these twats can fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 304/01/2013

R2= gimpy, limpy, milky, wizened, failure of a monster.

by Anonymousreply 404/01/2013

Who cares about GaGa anymore? Jesus.

by Anonymousreply 504/01/2013

Are you serious, r5? She's still relevant.

by Anonymousreply 604/01/2013

How can she be relevant. She hasn't put out an album in two years. She doesn't get radio time anymore. You never hear her stuff being played in clubs anymore. She had to quit her failing tour due to "medical reasons" and is getting sued all over the east coast because of it, and in Indonesia. She got fat, she's still homely. What's the deal? Where is the relevance?

by Anonymousreply 704/01/2013

r7 = 50 year old who's down with the kids. Stop with that lie about her tour already. It was very successful.

by Anonymousreply 804/01/2013

r4/r5/r7 = madbot

by Anonymousreply 904/01/2013

They really have no fucking clue - like when they try and use Mellencamp or Springsteen music and completely missing the irony.

by Anonymousreply 1004/01/2013

Good for her.

by Anonymousreply 1104/01/2013

That fat queen Elton would have done it.

by Anonymousreply 1204/01/2013

Good for her, unlike Ricky Martin who sang at Bush's inauguration for I'm sure way less money.

by Anonymousreply 1304/01/2013

2016 she'll be phoning the GOP then.

by Anonymousreply 1404/01/2013

Elton John sang for Rush Limbaugh.

by Anonymousreply 1504/02/2013

She's on our side, be nice kids!

by Anonymousreply 1604/02/2013

It's great that she turned them down. It's even better that she didn't gloat about it or mention it at all. The only way we found out about this is through this lawsuit.

by Anonymousreply 1704/02/2013

I agree, R17.

by Anonymousreply 1804/02/2013

Elton John would probably perform for the Westboro Baptist Church for that much money...

by Anonymousreply 1904/02/2013

Gaga will never be loved in Country Music.

by Anonymousreply 2004/02/2013

[quote]Of coarse

Might want to spend more time reading articles longer than the list of ingredients in your Fleet.

by Anonymousreply 2104/02/2013

[quote]Gaga will never be loved in Country Music.

Oh well...

by Anonymousreply 2204/02/2013

Too bad. GaGa is gonna need that money soon once she starts playing Reno and county fairs.

by Anonymousreply 2304/02/2013

Gaga's tour was successful? Really? Didn't she not sell out any of the Arenas and have to try to give away tickets?

by Anonymousreply 2404/02/2013

Are all elder gays this full of bitter bile?

I for one am very happy that we have allies.

by Anonymousreply 2504/02/2013

I'll the Chef special with a side of bitter bile.

by Anonymousreply 2604/02/2013

DL is so weird. In 2009, Gaga was a goddess here. You guys actually convinced me to give a pop star - not normally my thing - a chance. I did. I grew to really like her. Sure, she's a bit forced, but she seemed so much more artistic and authentic than Britney or Beyonce or Madge. And now she's like the antichrist here. I just don't get it. She can actually sing. She can actually play an instrument. She takes chances. She loves the gay movement. I don't know. I guess it's just the way of life. But I still like her.

by Anonymousreply 2704/02/2013

I'm not sure that she "loves the gay movement" as much as (like Madge before her) she sees gay people as good PR for her, as well as being a resource.

Hey, I prefer fake support to genuine oppression, don't get me wrong. It's just that after a while these divas riding on the backs of gay culture get tiresome.

by Anonymousreply 2804/02/2013

R28, you can call Gaga on many, many things. But not her support of gays. Sorry, that's just too ridiculously cynical and not even remotely true. Of ALL the divas riding on our backs, she seems to be the one most genuine about it.

by Anonymousreply 2904/02/2013

Gaga has definitely used LGBT issues for PR, however I do feel that she's a sincere supporter. That's my opinion anyway, and I don't mind her killing two birds with one stone.

by Anonymousreply 3004/02/2013

As long as one of those birds is GaGa itself.

by Anonymousreply 3104/03/2013
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