Lady Gaga’s striking new video explores sexual assault on campus

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.The video for Til It Happens To You is a graphic and honest portrayal of four young women who are raped, featuring four different scenarios in order to help break the myth of a “typical rape”.

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. If you want help or advice, please contact the free, 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or the Rape Crisis national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year) The black and white video opens with a graphic content warning for viewers before depicting scenes of abuse towards women at college and their attempts to recover. The show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy recently said of Gaga’s character: “She owns the hotel and she is sort of a very wealthy social doyenne who is consumed with art and fashion and people.

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