After the recent fox fur debacle, Lady Gaga is nowhere near the top of my list of idols. However, she is starting to redeem herself a bit by promoting Yoko Ono’s Artists Against Fracking, a group of more than 180 musicians, artists, and filmmakers dedicated to stopping natural gas drilling in New York state.
The singer messaged to her more than 80 million (!) followers on Twitter and Facebook to sign a petition asking New York governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking.
“Hey!!! I’m gonna see Yoko tomorrow and this organisation is really important to her and interesting www.artistsagainstfracking.com,” she wrote. “If you read up on ‘fracking’ this might be of interest. For those of you concerned in environmental affairs …”
Gaga, along with the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, received the fifth LennonOno Grant for Peace in Reykjavik, Iceland earlier this week. The award is given to those who stand strong in their beliefs and support of freedom of expression. Gaga says she will donate the cash award that comes with it to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
“Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living artists of our time,” says Yoko. “She is not only an artist, she is also an activist, using her art to bring better communication to the world. She is being acknowledged for her activism, and how her album, ‘Born This Way,’ has widely changed the mental map of the world. And how it has made us deal with the future world, which happens to be here already.”
OK fine, I can forgive her for the fox fur. She really is an inspiration to young and old fans alike, and uses her “power” through her fanbase to promote some positive causes and encourage awareness on important topics.
If you want, you can sign the petition here.