Lady Gaga Can Keep Your Kids Off Drugs (VIDEO)

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Lady GagaI've said it before, and I'll say it again. Parents searching for a good role model for their teens could do a lot worse than Lady Gaga. And if that hasn't already thrown you for a loop, this may: It was the head of the Little Monsters' appearance on the Howard Stern Show this week that hammers home just how much her young fans can learn from her.

The 25-year-old confessed on MTV earlier this year that she was another one of the 77 percent of American kids who is bullied every year. In putting a delicate part of her childhood out there for the sake of America's kids, she gave them a touchstone, much as she has for gay kids with her It Gets Better videos and her efforts to fight corporate and governmental homophobia.

This week Gaga was honest once again (refreshing in Hollywood, I have to say) on Stern about her past. She's tried drugs, she said, and it was the worst decision of her life. And then she let Stern have it:

I love you and I respect this show and I know you want to talk about sex and cocaine and all of that, but the truth is I don't want anyone doing drugs, a, and b, honestly you should wait as long as you can to have sex, because as a woman you don't even begin to enjoy it until your mid-20s. When you're 17, you don't even know how to operate what's going on down there and you shouldn't try.

Let's face it, a parent says that to a kid, and it goes in one ear and out the other (which, ahem, doesn't mean you shouldn't keep repeating it until you're blue in the face ... caring parents go a long way toward keeping their kids clean!). Coming from Gaga, on the other hand, a woman who is making millions of dollars, a woman who marches to the beat of her own drummer and is successful at it, and it's a message that can hit home. She's not some big shot adult coming down on them like a ton of bricks; she's just like them ... and she cares enough to keep our kids safe.

Every time I hear someone comparing Gaga to Madonna, this is where I see the difference. Both women have been cutting edge, ahead of their time, phenomenal at marketing themselves. But where Madonna has always been out for herself, Lady Gaga is out there for her fans ... for the Little Monsters, for our kids. Check out her whole interview with Stern:

Would you recommend your teen look at Gaga's life? Do you think she's a good role model for kids?

 

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sweet... sweetcherry_59

I love Lady Gaga....this article only makes me love her more.

Courtney Paige Neale

I'm not a fan of Lady Gaga but after reading this article I am DEF a fan of her as a role model for teens and children.

nonmember avatar a

I like lady GaGa. However her saying You should wait to have sex and then clearly presenting herself as an over sexualized woman. It feels a little like a contradiction. I think its important for women to be able to be sexy. Nothing wrong with that. But I don't want my children to aim to be the one who gets the most attention but advertising their bodies in a tacky sexualized manner.

Samal... Samallama

I agree with the comment from "a" above me. She is so overly sexualized! I understand that she probably wouldn't be as popular if she wasn't, but who is she to tell anyone to wait to have sex? Its nice that she said that stuff, its a good thing don't get me wrong, but I just don't believe its sincere. 


 


Oh and also shes only 25? Crazy. 

nonmember avatar Jessica

She sends mixed messages very often. She is over-sexualized, talks about sex, drugs, drinking, and other similar things while glorifying them. She often talks about not being sober when she writes as if a requirement and that's the only way to be creative. She talks about being a drunkard like it's something romantic and the embodiment of a rock star very often (even at her shows). Not that long ago, she talked about doing drugs only months earlier. (part 1 of 2)

nonmember avatar Jessica

I disagree about your comments about Madonna. Madonna also said some of these things and unlike Gaga, she was never an addict (nor still doing drugs while talking about them). She was honest about trying things, but tried to make a point about it being destructive and how it would get in the way of achieving your dreams or accomplishing your goals. I find her self-discipline and her actually walking the walk rather than just talking the talk ("guys, don't do drugs, but I'm going to continue to do them") to be far more genuine. Madonna doesn't have to say every few seconds that she's all about her fans in order to prove it's not only about herself and that she cares. At least when she says things about her fans, it feels more genuine. I also don't think Gaga is all that "ahead of her time" when often what she does is to recycle the looks, gimmicks, shticks, messages, and methods her predecessors, and even her contemporaries, have done before her. Same thing with her music; it's a rehash of what's already out there- her last album is 90s eurodance and 80s power ballads. She has yet to do something that is really ahead of it's time. (2/2)

nonmember avatar Mika

Disagreeing with the comment above on Gaga's "ahead of her time". To quote, Jim Jarmusch:

"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."

I admire both Madonna and Gaga, but I don't think you should compare both of them. They do have similarities but they are very different people.

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