I love Gaga & she TOTALLY meant well with this tribute, but I too cringed when I first started watching. Not because of performance or anything-- I thought that was touching, actually. But I immediately thought of all the kids who may copy Jamey's suicide in an attempt to be "recognized" by Lady Gaga, to make a statement, etc. I absolutely think something like that might be possible. Most of Gaga's young, bullied, depressed fans will know better, but I bet you not all of them will. This was quite a tribute Jamey got from Mother Monster herself! I pray no one else feels the need to get her attention like that.
Please don't consider my comments as being "negative." I love Gaga for caring. I really do. And I was moved by her dedication of this song. I just don't know if this was the wisest thing to do... in the long run.
Posted by: Matt | Sep 26, 2011 3:12:39 PM
RIP to Jamey, but how is it any more appropriate to bully minority groups with discriminating language in your music that get bullied because of her. Hypocrite.
Posted by: tina | Sep 26, 2011 3:22:47 PM
This was beautiful And Ryan's post in response was amazing. He really nailed. The rest of the negative responses just sound like a bunch of bitter queens. Lady GaGa you are awesome. We love you!
Posted by: Stephen Pickard | Sep 26, 2011 6:32:23 PM
Does it occur to any of you worried about repeat/copycat suicides that even a severely disturbed kid would know he or she wouldn't be around to appreciate the tribute?
Yes, I realize that there's notoriety and fame in being recognized post mortem by your favorite star, but it seems unlikely that many kids would kill themselves in hopes of having a song dedicated to them. Their pain runs deeper than that, and suicide among kids is usually based on a very short decision or series of events---children (even the college student at Rutgers) often simply can't picture the future because they haven't lived too long.
Her point is to mitigate bullying, not to make an icon of a sad child who lacked the skills to deal with the challenges he faced.