Lady Gaga Can Help End Hunger Without a Meat Dress

Say what you will about Lady Gaga—or better yet, don't, because I'm sort of sick of hearing about her latest outfit that's made from aborted electric eel stem cells or whatever—she knows a thing or two about getting involved with a good cause. Starting today, Gaga will be tapping into her 12 million-and-counting fans on Twitter to raise money to help the increasing hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

It seems like this awful drought-triggered famine hasn't received much media attention here in the U.S., at least from my perspective, and I can't believe I'm about to say this, but ... hooray for Lady Gaga AND Justin Bieber for joining forces to bring in donations.

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Also for Bob Marley, whose music normally makes me want to cram angry ferrets in my ear-holes, because the campaign uses a video of Bob Marley & The Wailers' 1973 song "High Tide or Low Tide" as part of the social media strategy.

Basically, a ton of stars (more than 150 celebs, including Lady Gaga, U2, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney) are using their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to ask fans to donate money to help the situation, which is getting worse by the day. According to the U.N., 3.6 million people are at risk of starvation in Somalia and 12 million people across the Horn of Africa, including in Ethiopia and Kenya.


The campaign is called "I'm Gonna Be Your Friend," and the idea is for the celebs to reach over a billion people through their combined social media efforts and those of their corporate partners. You can either download "High Tide or Low Tide" for $1.29 (which will go to the Save the Children appeal for east Africa and used for food, water, and medicine), or you can simply donate via the website.


Lady Gaga's charity work hasn't been completely drama-free over the years, but man, she's done a hell of a lot more good than most celebs. A few of the many causes she's supported: Oxfam, Stand Up to Cancer, the Alzheimer's Association, AIDS funds, gay rights ... the list really just goes on and on. At just 24 years old, Gaga may be best known for her fashion choices, but behind the scenes, she's quite the young activist. Rock on, Mother Monster.



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