Lady Gaga’s Powerful New Music Video on Campus Sexual Assault
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Lady Gaga’s powerful new music video on campus sexual assault
From her crazy outfits to her dramatic music videos, Lady Gaga certainly has a reputation for being eccentric. However, her new music video — released at midnight Friday— shifts to convey a much more serious tone. Til It Happens To You — the first single off of Gaga’s new album — spotlights sexual assault on college campuses. The video begins with a warning: “The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally unsettling but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses.” The warning couldn’t ring more true, as this incredibly candid and powerful music video depicts the sexual assault and aftermath of four survivors. The video’s ended with a jarring message: “One in five college women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes.”
Lady Gaga also revealed that a portion of the song’s profits will be donated to organizations that help survivors.
“I hope that this PSA, with its raw and truthful portrayals, will send a clear message that we need to support these courageous survivors and end this epidemic plaguing our college campuses,” Catherine Hardwicke, the music video’s writer and director, said in a statement to the Huffington Post.
So without further ado, stop what you’re doing and take the next few minutes to watch. We’re not saying it may cause a tear or two — or that you may proceed to ball uncontrollably for a few minutes — but we’re not saying that won’t happen, either.
Lady Gaga's Powerful New Music Video on Campus Sexual Assault