Lady Gaga calls out Mike Pence for anti-LGBT views

Written by on January 21, 2019

Lady Gaga calls Mike Pence’s anti-LGBT views ‘the worst representation of what it means to be Christian’

“I am a Christian woman and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome,” said Gaga, a likely best actress Oscar contender for her performance in “A Star is Born.”

“So you can take all that disgrace Mr. Pence and you can look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there,” she continued.

Lady Gaga took a break during her concert in Las Vegas Saturday to chastise Vice President Mike Pence for defending his wife Karen Pence’s decision to teach art at a private Virginia school that explicitly bans LGBT students and parents.

“You say we should not discriminate against Christianity; you are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian,” Lady Gaga said to the vice president while performing the song “Million Reasons” at her residency at the Park MGM. Gaga’s remarks were captured by audience members and shared on social media.

Gaga’s comments on Pence follows a week of headlines about Karen Pence returning to teach art two days a week at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia. Karen Pence worked at the school 12 years before her husband became vice president, according to USA Today.

The Huffington Post, Washington Post and USA Today, citing the school’s online parent’s agreement, said the school can “discontinue enrollment” of a student if they or their parents “are in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches.” This definition includes “supporting or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bisexual activity.”

Perhaps hoping for some good P.R., Karen Pence released a statement last week about how she was returning to her great love: being in a classroom, teaching.

Karen Pence, who has taught at public and private schools in Indiana, illustrated a children’s book about a rabbit named Marlon Bundo and advocated for art therapy programs in her current role, said, “I am excited to be back in the classroom and doing what I love to do. I have missed teaching art.”

But then came news about Immanuel Christian’s policies against LGBT students and parents.

Mike Pence tried to defend the school and his wife’s choice to teach there in an interview with Christian television station EWTN: “To see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us. … We have a rich tradition in America of religious education. …The freedom of religion is enshrined in the United States.”

Pence’s spokeswoman Kara Brooks also called it “absurd that (Karen Pence’s) decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack,” USA Today reported.

But Rick Sutton, an LGBT advocate who co-founded Freedom Indiana, told USA Today that the Pence family’s stance against LGBT rights is well known, so he wasn’t surprised by Karen Pence’s decision to work at the school. Mike Pence also has long maintained that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Gaga, who has long advocated for LGBT rights and runs the Born This Way Foundation, called into question Pence’s concerns about criticism of the school’s “Christian education” when weighed against the school’s discriminatory policies.

“To Mike Pence, who thinks it’s acceptable that his wife work at a school that bans LGBTQ, you are wrong,” the “Born This Way” singer said.

In her brief break from singing, Gaga, who real name is Stefani Germanotta, also took aim at Pence’s boss, President Donald Trump, over the government shutdown, which entered its 31st day Monday, making it the longest in U.S. history.

Gaga said she hoped “the (expletive) president of the United States could please put our government back in business (as) there are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money.”

Gaga then got back to her music by saying, “Okay, I’m sorry, I got upset for a second there.”

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