Washington: ‘Poker Face’ singer Lady Gaga’s wheelchair performance in Sydney, Australia, has been met with disapproval from some disability organizations and advocacy groups.
Gaga, 25, has been known for her outrageous props and performances, but this time, even her fans found the wheelchair act offensive.
“I haven’t seen Lady Gaga’s performance, but respect her artistic expression as an artist,” Radar Online quoted founder of the Life Rolls On Foundation, Jesse Billauer, as saying.
“Since this isn’t the first time she has used a wheelchair in her performances, I invite her to learn more about the 5.6 million Americans who live with paralysis.
“They, like me, unfortunately, don’t use a wheelchair for shock value,” he said.
Life Rolls On, which is a subsidiary of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, makes it clear that the wheelchair shouldn’t have been used just to draw attention.
“I extend a personal invitation to Lady Gaga to attend one of our Life Rolls On events where quadriplegics and paraplegics surf, skate, and snowboard, so she can see how much is possible beyond a wheelchair,” Billauer said.
“Maybe that will be most shocking to her of all,” he added.