Pop superstar Lady Gaga slammed Arizona’s controversial new immigration law and urged her fans to protest the measure at two points during her sold-out concert in Phoenix.
She said the law, part of which went into effect on July 29, had created “a state of emergency” in Arizona.
But she told her audience on Saturday, July 31 that she had decided not to boycott the state, as several other national touring acts, including Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth and Conor Oberst, have done.
She added, “We have to be active. We have to protest. . . . I will yell and I will scream louder. I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will peaceably protest this state.”
Many of the 14,000-plus fans in attendance applauded loudly during the star’s rants, which came during the 100th show of her global Monster Ball Tour.
Lady Gaga also has been an outspoken advocate for gay rights, and she also addressed that issue in her Phoenix concert. She told her fans that she believes, “Jesus loves everybody,” no matter what his or her sexual orientation might be.
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