Gaga sends personal video message to praise fan’s anti-bullying campaign
London: Lady Gaga recorded a personal video message and sent it to a Canadian fan, who is campaigning against school bullies.
The pop queen emailed the video to 17-year-old Jacques St Pierre, praising his efforts to “spread tolerance” by asking pupils to make pledges against bullying.
“It is important that we push the boundaries of love and acceptance,” the BBC quoted her as saying in the clip.
The ‘Born This Way’ hitmaker has long been an advocate for anti-bullying laws.
She addressed President Obama on the issue earlier this year, highlighting the case of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, a US student who took his life after being taunted at school.
This month, she announced the formation of a not-for-profit organisation to tackle issues of bullying and abandonment.
“I’m going to be working as hard as I can to make bullying a hate crime.
The teenager said that he had not expected a direct email from the pop star.
“The subject line said ‘To Jacques from Lady Gaga,’“ he told CBC News.
“It said ‘click on the link below to download the video for your assembly’.
“I watched it and I started crying. I’m a huge fan. It’s kind of embarrassing because I love her so much. I couldn’t believe it.
The boy said that he had been bullied in elementary school, when fellow pupils called him gay for wanting to take part in school plays.
After moving to the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto, he ran for the student council and organised a series of events to raise awareness of bullying.
As part of his campaign, he emailed several celebrities to ask for their support.
Gaga responded to the video he had uploaded on his YouTube account.
“I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you for being such a strong advocate of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community in your school,” she said.
“My father always saves all the fan letters that I receive and I read yours very recently and wanted to send this video to you.
“It is important that we spread tolerance and equality for all students,” she added.