ok don't get mad at me for this but since you said that by her wearing a burqua that she was being disrespectful to those women who have a choice. Gaga isn't doing that. She doesn't go around picking people to discriminate against. She probably is trying to raise awareness over male-dominated cultures. She is a feminist after all. She also isn't ignorant. She went to college and is an intelligent individual. Don't let a bias based on her fame blind you.
I totally get you: sometimes discrimination is not intentional, sometimes you don’t MEAN to be racist, but it happens. It honestly does, and when you are racist or discriminating, the least that can happen is call someone out over it.
Here’s the deal though: if you go to the Gagaroyale tumblr page, you see several pictures of her in the same burka. She was PART of the runway show. She wasn’t raising awareness. more than that, the burka was see-through… and she was barely wearing anything underneath.
It’s one thing to, for example, wear it as a sign of respect because she’s in the middle east and wants to show support with her middle east fans, but it’s another thing to take a cultural and religious symbol and honestly ignore all of the meanings behind it because you want to “one up male-dominated cultures”.
I mean, the United States IS a male-dominated culture. Her statement would have been a LOT more effective (if her intent with wearing it was to raise awareness and not to be part of the fashion show) if she made a statement of solidarity with women who choose to wear it, such as something like:
“I full support all those who have a choice in wearing the hijab/burqa/whatever. Let’s work together to give those women who do not have a choice the chance to CHOOSE.” because THAT’S WHAT’S IMPORTANT ANON.
not making flash statements you know? I’m a lot more clear headed then I was last night, and I hope this less firey explanation puts what I (and a lot of other muslim women) are finding as a problem with this debacle.
Now, it is totally true that I don’t particularly enjoy her music myself. But I don’t yell at her songs when they come on the radio. It’s okay to like someone musically or as an actor or whatever and still realise that sometimes they do things that are really, really wrong. It doesn’t mean you have to hate them, it just means you have to be aware that when people call her (or whoever) out on someone, they have a right.
Now do some people actually HATE HER and this is just GREAT FOR THEM? Yes. I’m not one of those people But I can’t let it slide, you know?