Lady Gaga: Every American drinks ‘the poison that is white supremacy’
Lady Gaga says every American from birth drinks “the poison that is white supremacy.”
The “Rain on Me” singer talked about systemic racism and celebrity activism in an interview with Billboard for its latest issue, released Thursday.
“I am in the process of learning and unlearning things I’ve been taught my whole life,” the 34-year-old entertainer, who was born Stefani Germanotta, told the magazine.
“When you’re born in this country, we all drink the poison that is white supremacy,” the New York native said. “Social justice is not just a literacy, it’s a lifestyle.”
“What do I think about [posting] a black square? I think everybody has a different feeling about a black square,” Gaga said, referring to the digital initiative called Blackout Tuesday that aimed to amplify Black voices.
“Do I think there’s such a thing as performative activism? Yes. Do I think there’s been true activism that’s been very important and needed? Yes. Do I believe Black lives matter? Yes,” the performer continued. “Do I believe this is going to get louder? Yes. Do I believe it should? Yes.”
In the wide-ranging interview, the chart topper also blasted people who refuse to wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s really wrong for us to go, ‘I’m uncomfortable [with wearing a mask] because I can’t breathe,’ ” she said. Last month, Gaga performed a medley of her “Chromatica” album at the MTV Video Music Awards while sporting a face mask.
“Give me a break,” she said. “Show some respect for the people who are there for us when we dial 911.”
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