This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why I love Lady Gaga, and will ALWAYS support her.
Lady Gaga’s visit to the city’s NAZ foundation care home for children with HIV offered those present a glimpse into the warm and down-to-earth nature that lies beneath her glitzy exterior.
It all happened on a Saturday afternoon, when she could have been sightseeing in the Capital. Instead, Lady Gaga minus her pancake makeup and clad in jeans and a T-shirt, chose to spend two hours with HIV-positive children in the only orphanage of its kind in the country.
This zero-publicity, no cameras and minimal- security trip took place without any fuss. Lady Gaga charmed the founder of the orphanage, Anjali Gopalan, by calling up herself to discuss the visit beforehand and then walked in carrying the food she had brought for everyone - pasta, cookies, soups, peanut butter, bread and lots more - straight into the dining area.
"It was utterly refreshing and surprising," Gopalan said. "Hardly anyone of her stature has done that before." The surprises didn’t end there. Lady Gaga refused to sit on the chair reserved for her and sat on the floor surrounded by the kids. Most of the older kids were well prepared for her visit as they had spent several hours on Google researching her.
"Why do you dress the way you do?" a 12-year-old asked. "I feel it’s me, my personality, who I am," Gaga replied. After the remark, she talked to the kids about how important it was "to be who you are" and told them to remember they could be whomsoever they wanted to be.
Just because people have traditional families, she said, doesn’t mean they are happy.
Lady Gaga recalled her own childhood, saying that she didn’t appreciate her own parents till much later in her life. “You are so lucky to have this home created by Anjali for you,” she said.
The singer’s earthy and charismatic manner combined with the level of engagement with everyone at the care home floored all.
Her gifts to the 23 kids included a 64-inch TV, Play Station, videos and 3-D glasses.
"There was absolutely no hype about her and she comes straight from the heart," Gopalan said. "Lady Gaga is well informed about HIV and told the children to take their medicines regularly and eat well so they could stay strong," she added.
When the kids asked Lady Gaga to sing for them, she actually obliged, despite the absence of music or a band. She sang her legendary song Born This Way. “It was electrifying,” Gopalan said. “There was no music but her voice was so pure and strong that it made my hair stand.” Gopalan and the care home she has founded have attracted plenty of celebrities over the past decade. Actor Richard Gere funded the centre for three years, and pictures of him with the kids adorn the walls.
"The energy and light she brought with her have really perked us up," Gopalan added.
Walking to my apartment just now, and I’m walking through this like bush/shrubby area, and out of nowhere this guy dressed up as a giant grass monster of some kind pops out of the bushes and scares a couple who was walking ahead of me and then just books it past me and runs away. Gotta love college ahahaha XD
I actually have no idea what everyone is talking about with all that 99% and 1%. But yeah, it must be something going on in America xD
Yeah…it’s just stupid. People basically want America to be more Socialist, which isn’t necessarily a problem (like I don’t have any issue with socialism as a system) but it would suck the beauty out of America and how it has always been.
The We Are The 99% demonstration is protesting against the 1% of North America who have most of our Money. Yes, many of those people work very hard for their money, but on the other hand, many of those people are born into the money. The environment is also an issue mentioned in Occupy Wall Street, as the government does fuck all about the environment - in fact, 'if the environment was a bank, we would have saved it by now.', right? I could go on all day about this :p
I’m sure they are born into their money. But I feel like the system is very very fair. People can either choose to take advantage of it or not. Some people get lucky of course. But you know, for those who do make it on their own, they deserve for their children and families to benefit from it. That’s how I see it. But I suppose the environment thing is true. I think that we do as a country need to get better about conserving energy and whatnot, as we are slowly going to kill our planet otherwise… but this seems like we are drifting from the 99% topic lol
I don’t support “We are the 99%”. At all. The beauty of America is that we are responsible for our own destiny. There are so many celebrities and world leaders who came from abusive, poor families who are now inspirations and make millions. They worked and worked and worked and they deserve to be there. They deserve the money they get, and don’t deserve that money being taken away from them to be given to someone who doesn’t try to fix their fate at all. I’m not talking about the middle class. That’s not the problem here. The poor are trying to insist they are the 99% and therefore deserve the rich’s well earned money. Well I think that is bullshit. So many bums just sit on their ass and complain and hold signs on the street to get money instead of applying for a job. And how did they get there? It was their responsibility. And so it makes no sense to me to take money from the responsible and give it to the morally corrupt.
I will probably get a ton of hate for this but does this not seem a bit fucked up to anyone else?!
Jesus was born in March. But, when Christians were being persecuted in Rome, they celebrated his birth in December so if they got caught they could say they were celebrating the pagan holiday of the sun god.
Seems a bit ridiculous to me. And how would anyone even know this? There is no proof.
Hi Torrey... my dad told me he doesn't want to live longer than 80. He's about 50 and thirty years isn't a long time. I think it's because he's divorced and he doesn't have anyone to love except me. I don't know what to do I tried to tell him that he shouldn't think like that... maybe I'll buy him a puppy because he loves dogs and maybe he'll remember what love is like when I'm gone...
): well why do you talk like you will be gone before him…? Do you mean gone like moved out, or…. gone? Because just because you move out, doesn’t mean you are out of his life. I think the dog idea is a good idea, and then maybe you might want to consider moving somewhere not completely far away so you can come back to spend time with him, so maybe he will change his mind.