Lady Gaga refuses to boycott Arizona, urges protest of SB 1070
Lady Gaga refused to cancel her concert in Phoenix on Saturday (July 31) over the state's controversial new immigration laws.
Performers including Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine and Maroon 5 have all boycotted the state.
But according to the British paper, the Sun, Gaga told the audience why she refused and how she feels about the controversial Senate Bill 1070: "I got a phone call from a couple of really big rock n rollers, big pop stars, big rappers. They said, 'We'd like you to boycott Arizona because of SB 1070.'
"And I said, 'Do you really think that us dumb f****** pop stars are going to collapse the economy of Arizona? I'll tell you what we have to do about SB 1070. We have to be active. We have to actively protest."
Gaga then issued what amounted to a battle cry against the discriminatory new state immigration law.
"The nature of the Monster Ball is to actively protest prejudice and injustice and the bulls*** that is put on our society... because you're a superstar no matter who you are or where you've come from - and you were born that way.
"I will not cancel my show. I will yell and I will scream louder and I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will protest this state.
"Do not be afraid. Because if it wasn't for all of you immigrants, this country wouldn't have s***. And I mean it. I mean it so deeply in my soul."
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