Bradley Manning’s sentencing of 35 years does not sit well with pop icon Lady Gaga. As the Grammy Award-winning singer researched for her debut performance of her new single “Applause” for the 2013 Video Music Awards, she took time out to express her feelings about the sentencing. As MTV.com reports on August 21, she has no applause Manning’s punishment.
“The news of Bradley Manning’s sentencing is devastating. If our own can’t speak up about injustice who will? How will we ever move forward?”
The tweet was retweeted over 3,000 times showing that she isn’t the only one supporting Manning, the U.S. soldier who was sentenced after sharing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks in 2010. Manning has also receive support from the gay community, not just because he is a gay man himself, but because he spoke up for something he is against and by sharing, he provided information he felt could spark reform and possibly change the world. He refused to remain silent.
Gaga, herself, has had no problem expressing her feelings and speaking out against public officials and she is definitely not one to remain silent on any topic she feels deeply about. She spoke out against former Pope Benedict XVI in support of gay marriage and she recently has spoken out against the Russian government over their anti-gay laws and she is a spokesperson against bullying and is the founder of the Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization that inspired youth to build better communities and participate in a braver world.
As Gaga prepares to make her return appearance at the 2013 VMA’s, it is a pretty good bet that she will make some kind of political statement.