Updated: September 25
We previously reported on Lady Gaga’s new track for the upcoming documentary entitled The Hunting Ground which is about rape on college campuses. Our original blog appears below. In a very touching outreach of support and emotion, our colleagues at Billboard are now reporting that the victims who were the subjects and impetus behind Lady Gaga’s Til It Happens To You have written to the pop star expressing their appreciation for her efforts. You can read about it here. It’s unfortunate that these victims ever met harm but this is clearly one of those instances where people are trying to make the best of a tough situation. To the victims and the artists we again salute you for addressing and discussing this most important issue.
Lady Gaga Speaks And We Better Listen
There are some issues in our society that cannot be explained or justified under any circumstances. Rape is one of them and although this is not a social policy or political blog in any way, when an issue so significant as this comes around and it is addressed through an artist, we are going to jump on it. So, we are giving tonight’s Side B award to Lady Gaga for the pop icon’s video and song entitled Til It Happens to You. The song was recorded for a documentary entitled The Hunting Ground (2015) which is about rape on college campuses in this country. The emotionally charged video–shot in black and white–portrays three separate incidents of rape on a college campus and what this does to the victims. The video speaks for itself; frankly, it is about as moving as it gets.
The video is also graphic and perhaps disturbing to some however, it is a message that must be delivered and a topic that must be addressed. You should also know that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.
You might also recall that last year Gaga herself revealed that she was raped ten years ago when she was 19. Gaga had this say about that traumatic event:
“I went through some horrific things, and I’m able to laugh now, because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years. My music’s been wonderful for me. But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself. It didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, ‘Just keep going.’ Because I just had to get out of there.”
There is no doubt that this topic generates opinions from many viewpoints. That’s a good thing because as long as we are talking about an issue and addressing it that is the only way we can begin to take steps towards preventing the resulting harm. “Out of sight, out of mind” is a terrible social policy to have. Here at Beato’s Blog it goes without saying that we support efforts to aid rape victims as well as efforts to prevent any more incidents from occurring. We would not even begin to say that we know what it is like or what any victim is feeling; we don’t. But that doesn’t mean that we cannot do something about it. Awareness is a key tool, and the first step, in fighting this problem. Therefore, we simply ask that you take a moment to watch the video. As a society, we should not wait to address and consider this issue until after it happens to us or anyone else. That just simply makes no sense. Time is of the essence.