Lady Gaga Releases Emotional “Til It Happens to You” PSA About Sexual Assault …

18 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »


The song was written for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about rape on college campuses in the United States which was released in February this year.

After a period in which a costumed future-pop diva went totally normcore—collaborating with Tony Bennett, covering Julie Andrews, getting engaged—the sudden release of a Lady Gaga single is, inevitably, an object of international curiosity. It features the lyrics: “You tell me it gets better, it gets better in time / You say I’ll pull myself together, pull it together, you’ll be fine / Tell me, what the hell do you know? On Friday, Lady Gaga released the song’s powerful, disturbing and emotional new video. “The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally upsetting but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses,” reads a title card before the clip, which features scenes of sexual assault at various familiar college locations – a dorm room, a party – and the aftermath for the victims. (“Believe me,” one woman writes on her arm.) Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Kiersey Clemons (Dope) are among the stars of the video, which was written and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Did she spot Ellie Goulding trying to take her lane in the music world and say nuh-uh? “Til It Happens to You” is a rock ballad about the aftermath of trauma, with Gaga embodying someone who’s told “it gets better … you’ll be fine” and replies fiercely—“How the hell could you know?” Written with Diane Warren (who had a successful string of similarly epic slow-dances in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”), the song expresses that some things have to be experienced to be understood.

Even with such somber subject matter, her booming delivery and dramatic phrasing will probably remind people of the time when “Bad Romance” ruled the radio. At the end, text states that “One in five women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes” and directs those in need to call 1-800-656-HOPE. Still, it’s surprising to see her release what amounts to a PSA—though a catchy, well-produced, and moving one—so long after the movie it’s attached to has come out, when the only thing she’s been in headlines for lately has been American Horror Story. Then again, Gaga’s always been good at surprises, and unfortunately, no time is better than any other when it comes to discussing the issues she’s singing about.

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