Gaga Gets Emotional About Religious Extremists In Manila
"I know that everybody, you know, thinks that I stand for, well not everybody, not everybody, I shouldn't say that, but some people think that I stand for like, really inappropriate things that are really bad for... *crowd screams* Listen, I am slightly irresponsible, let's be honest, okay? It's okay. But they're not completely right and the truth is I want the fucking best for you. I want the best for every single one of you. I love you with all of my heart and all my soul, I really do, and all the things that I think about and the way that I am, it's my lifestyle, it's just part of this one big giant performance art statement of liberation. So, I hope that you feel tonight, as free as your hair. And to those of you that don't feel free, take the best opportunity to free yourselves.
I just feel like, you know, so many people have been protesting and it really doesn't bother me truly because I know that there has to be change, but for all those kids all over the world that take their lives when they're so young because they feel bullied or they're afraid because they're gay and they don't want to tell anybody, don't you think that some of us should FUCKING STAND UP AND SAY THE GODDAMN TRUTH? It's true. It's not about the music, it's not about, it's not about anything, it's not about my clothes, it's not about having a hit record, it's the fucking goddamn truth that people in the world need to be free of who they are and be proud and feel valuable no matter where they are."
"Today, it was all over the news that if I do the concert in Jakarta, I would get shot at or some fucking shit. Well you know what, the truth is that to be worried about getting shot at any country around the world because of who you are in itself is a fucking travesty and it's exactly what we need to be talking about."
I will remind them that they think they have a fucking big voice, and they might think that by using my name they can spread the hatred, but I can spread way more positivity and love than they could ever do.
And it's not that I don't respect their culture or yours, I respect you, I do. Everything that you believe in, everything that you stand for, even the things that I sing about that you don't agree with. I totally respect that because everybody's allowed to have their own opinions. BUT I CANNOT RESPECT HOMOPHOBIA, I cannot respect hatred to the Gay Community"
- Lady Gaga