Lady Gaga Means Business: Wants Bullying To Be Illegal, Plans To Meet With President Obama

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Jamey Rodemeyer, the gay 14-year-old who committed suicide, was a big fan of Lady Gaga. And the news of his death has, according to Twitter, affected the performer so deeply that she intends to push for an anti-bullying law in the teenager’s name.

Yesterday, the pop singer tweeted the following, along with a link to his “It Gets Better” Video” :

She also asserts that she is meeting with “our President” and has created the hashtag #MakeALawForJamey which appears to be catching on. MTV News reports that at present, a spokesperson for the White House cannot confirm that President Obama has officially scheduled a time to meet with the singer.

Needless to say, Lady Gaga has become a source of solace and strength for a growing number of LGBTQ youth, particularly those who face bullying and hostility. Although very outspoken about queer rights, pledging to make bullying a hate crime is quite a step beyond composing empowering LGBTQ pop songs like “Born This Way.”

Regardless of what efforts the pop star makes in her anti-bullying quest, Rodemeyer’s mother plans to have her son buried this Saturday in a “Born This Way” t-shirt.


  1. Marissa

    September 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    God this is so sad! Kuddos to Gaga, I hope it does become a law, it IS a hate crime! God Bless Jamey, may he rest in peace <3

  2. Jen

    September 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I have such mixed feelings about this. I do think that there needs to be a serious discussion on the proper ways to deal with cyber bullying and that there are still a lot of adults (and especially adults in power positions like teachers and coaches) who let bullying slide as a “kids being kids” thing. This is especially true when it comes to queer kids or kids who are just perceived as queer, because there is often a bias on the part of the adult that leads them to overlook blatant bullying.
    I think parents should be asked to sign a contract with the school system each year assuring them that they intend to monitor their child’s online activity (hey, it’s a safety issue too) and that they understand the school will take action against their child’s behavior if it creates a disruptive learning environment for other students. And I think schools need to clearly lay out exactly what sort of behaviors are unacceptable and how those behaviors will be disciplined. And they need to drill this information into their students and teachers early and often.

    On the other hand, I find it very concerning when ANYONE attempts to legislate stuff like this. First, because there is already legislation on the books regarding the physical stuff. It doesn’t matter whether you punch someone in the face in a locker room or bar, it’s still assault and if you do so while screaming at them about being a certain race, religion, sexuality, size, etc it may be coupled with a hate crimes charge. I’m just not sure what further laws can be enacted. As shitty as it is, kids are actually entitled to say whatever fucked up things they want. As I said before, if their taunting is effecting a child’s experience in school the Supreme Court has already ruled that it’s not protected speech, but then it is up to the school’s to step in. We need maybe a little less legislation and a little more common sense and empathy on the part of educators.

  3. Nancy

    September 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I have mixed feelings, too. Mine are based on the definitions of bullying and harrassment. People bully each other all the time, in a far more subtle manner than poor children like Jamey. It’s a manipulation, really, and can help build character. I think the extreme bullying that’s happening with children is more harrassment. I think instead of making ‘bullying’ illegal, there should be more EXTREME encouragement from the government, down to the school board, down to the teachers and the parents to treat this extreme bullying as harrasment, which is illegal (isn’t it?). It’s outrageous what these children are going through, for sure. But laws are already in place against it. These laws should be promoted. I think Jen is right that too many people play it off as normal. I also hate when people jump to legislation to solve problems. Too much legislation scares me. Have any of you ever read the book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry when they were younger, or seen the movie Demolition Man? Obviously these are extreme cases, but I just think when someone proposes new legislation, government should always consider alternative actions first.

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