Lady Gaga says bullying must become illegal, following teen's suicide
Lady Gaga says bullying should be made illegal, following the recent suicide of a teenager who was harassed online with gay slurs.
The 25-year-old pop singer is a longtime promoter of gay rights. She has also said that she was bullied herself when she was in school.
Police recently opened a criminal investigation in the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who killed himself on Sunday. The teenager, who lived in Buffalo, New York, had been bullied online with gay slurs for more than a year, ABC News reported.
"The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger," Lady Gaga Tweeted on Wednesday, September 21. "It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying. Bullying must become ... illegal. It is a hate crime."
The singer also posted a link to the YouTube video Rodemeyer had posted in May for the "It Gets Better" campaign.
Lady Gaga is also part of the project, which includes videos from celebrities and non-famous people offering encouraging words to those bullied about their sexuality. It was started last year following a slew of suicides of bullied gay teenagers.
"I am meeting with our President," Lady Gaga added. "I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey"
The singer has more than 13.7 million Twitter followers. Scores of people re-Tweeted her hashtag on Thursday.
Her latest album, "Born This Way" and its title track encourages equality and public acceptance of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. Lady Gaga, known for her daring outfits, recently appeared on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards dressed in drag.
Lady Gaga has often talked about being bullied herself when she was a student at a private, all-girls Catholic school in New York City.
"They said I had a big nose," she said on the ABC show "The View" in May. "I had buck teeth. I got thrown in the trash can on the corner."
"I used to want to wear a mask every day," she added. "I got really bullied. I had a nice group of friends but getting picked on in school - it sticks with you in life. I don't think I realize how deeply it affected me until I started to become more successful."