President Barack Obama's sweeping health care effort got a star-studded endorsement Wednesday.
Pop Queen Lady Gaga took to her Twitter page to tell followers to sign up for health care, promoting the White House's Affordable Care Act a day after the health care exchanges hit the market.
Gaga tweeted a picture of herself with the message amid turmoil in Washington over the government shutdown and possible default on federal debt.
Pop diva, Brittany Spears, also used Twitter to send a message, hitting Congress over partisan gridlock ... and to promote her new album.
Go call the po-lice, Go Call The Gu-vunah! Someone tell Congress to get to #WorkBxxCH— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) October 2, 2013
That's right, Berghain, the holy grail of hedonism, a Berlin nightclub whose reputation is outstripped only by, well, its reputation. Parties there last for days on end, they say, soundtracked only by blast-furnace chug and robots with jackhammers. Clubbers can barely make their way across the dance floor without being sucked into a six-way public sex act, or at least tripping over the loose strings of a leather daddy's unlaced chaps. Sven, the club's bouncer, stands eight feet tall barefoot, has 10 pounds of metal in his facial piercings alone, and has been known to breathe fire at would-be clubbers not fluent in Berliner Schnauze, a local dialect.
Or so they say. The reality, of course, is a little more humdrum: Yes, parties are long, the behavior inside is unbridled, and it can be frustratingly difficult to get inside. But Sven is not Paul Bunyan, and when you strip away the breathless mythmaking, it turns out that Berghain is simply an excellent club with an unerring music policy and a strong commitment to personal liberty. Berghain's owners probably never wanted the kind of attention the club routinely receives. Can the last bastion of the underground really withstand an appearance from the world's number-one pop star?
On October 24, we'll find out. That's when the German streaming subscription service AMPYA will host an intimate, invitation-only Artpop release party with the singer at the venue. For a chance to attend the event, contestants are instructed to submit "a question that you always wanted to ask Lady Gaga"; AMPYA's editors will award 50 pairs of VIP tickets to the "most entertaining" responses, while 10 grand-prize winners will also receive a pair of VIP tickets to an exclusive meet-and-greet with Ms. Germanotta herself. (Given that AMPYA is a German company, and all the contest's rules and regulations are published in German, it's a fair bet that only German-speaking entrants will win, but hey: For the truly motivated, there's always a crash course with Rosetta Stone.)
Still, the symbolism of the space surely isn't lost on Gaga. With roots in Berlin's gay community, a mixed clientele, and an infamously difficult door policy designed to maintain diversity inside, Berghain is much more than one of the principal stops on every techno tourist's itinerary; it also stands as a monument to tolerance and individual freedoms. If Berghain had a motto, "Born This Way" would make an excellent choice. (Indeed, Berghain recently held a "Promote Diversity" party that raised 33,000 euros for gay-rights charities in Russia.)
Perhaps it's a testament to Gaga's goodwill in the gay community that she and her crew got in at all that night, given Berlin's innate aversion to VIPs: Paris Hilton once got turned away from the door of Week-End, a chicer, straighter, far less underground club than Berghain (and with a far easier door policy), simply because the doorman didn't like the heiress' retinue. Perhaps the choice of Berghain for her show is just Gaga's way of saying "Danke" to Sven.
ha activism rn, bow. lol @ britney's intern