Watch: Gaga Calls Defeat of Italy's Anti-LGBTQ Violence Bill a 'Total Disaster'

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday November 21, 2021
Originally published on November 18, 2021

An emotional Lady Gaga appears on the Italian talkshow "Che Tempo Che Fa."
An emotional Lady Gaga appears on the Italian talkshow "Che Tempo Che Fa."  (Source:Screenshot via Twitter / @chetempochefa)

In an appearance on the Italian talk show "Che Tempo Che Fa" to promote her new movie "House of Gucci," Lady Gaga called out Italy's lack of protections for violence against women and LGBTQ people a "total disaster."

As reported by NBC News, Gaga particularly took issue with the country's recent failure to pass the "Zan bill" — named after out Italian lawmaker Alessandro Zan.

The bill would have made violence against women and LGBTQ people a hate crime. Upon the bill's defeat, passing the country's lower house of Parliament before stalling in Senate, a number of lawmakers reportedly erupted in applause.

After Gaga was shown footage of a crowd protesting the bill's failure while singing her song "Born This Way," she took the moment to make a statement of solidarity.

"I just want to say something to the LGBTQ+ community in Italy — that you are the bravest, you are the kindest, you are an inspiration. For this to happen is a total disaster," she said, holding back tears. "You deserve to be protected at all costs, like every human being on Earth. I will always write music for you, but more importantly, I will speak up for you."

For the sentiment, Alessandro Zan thanked the singer on Twitter.

In a show seemingly of solidarity with LGBTQ people in his country, Italian politician Vincenzo Spadafora came out during his appearance also on "Che Tempo Che Fa" while there to promote his new book.

Watch Gaga's statement on the show below.