Onstage in Arizona, Lady Gaga Blasts Immigration Law

Singer rejects boycott strategy, calls on fans to protest
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2010 2:17 PM CDT
Lady Gaga performs on the NBC "Today" show in New York Friday, July 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – Lady Gaga isn't on board with a boycott of Arizona, but she's no fan of the state's new immigration law, reports the Arizona Republic. The singer performed last night in Phoenix with "Stop SB 1070" written on her arm to protest the legislation, parts of which went into effect last week. "It's really disgusting," she said. "I think it's important that people understand that it's a state of emergency for this place and this state."

As for why she's not boycotting, "I got a call from some big rappers and big rockers. They said, 'We'd like you to boycott Arizona,'" she explained from the stage to a sympathetic crowd of more than 14,000. Phoenix New Times picks up with the uncensored explanation: "You really think us dumb fucking pop stars are going to collapse the state economy? I'll tell you what we have to do do about SB 1070: We have to be active. I will not cancel my show I will scream and I will yell."

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