Wednesday, July 4, 2012

to make a difference now

BBC: "...In her video message to Jacques, she reiterated: "I'm going to be working as hard as I can to make bullying a hate crime". Speaking to Toronto's CBC News, the teenager said he had not been expecting a direct email from the pop star. "The subject line said 'To Jacques from Lady Gaga,'" he told the broadcaster. "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." Jacques said 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. In her response, which Jacques has uploaded to his YouTube account, Gaga said: "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. "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." According to CBC, pupils at Jacque's school were impressed by the video's message. "I'm starting to actually realise how big this problem is and I just want to make a difference now," said one male student." (Lady Gaga emails fan to praise anti-bullying campaign)

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. Born and raised in New York City, she primarily studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart. She briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She began performing in the rock music scene of Manhattan's Lower East Side, and by the end of 2007, she was signed with Streamline Records. Employed as a songwriter for the record company, her vocal abilities captured the attention of recording artist Akon, who signed her to his label Kon Live Distribution. Gaga came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame, which received generally favorable reviews from critics, in 2008. Its first two singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face", were number-one singles and the album itself reached the number-one spot on nine record charts worldwide. Gaga embarked on the Fame Ball Tour in order to promote the album. In late 2009, she released the EP The Fame Monster, which spawned the international hit singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and "Alejandro". In promotion of the EP, she embarked on the eighteen-month long Monster Ball Tour, which became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. Her second full-length album Born This Way was released in 2011, topping the charts on several major markets and spawning international chart-topping singles including "Born This Way", "Judas" and "The Edge of Glory". Aside from being a recording artist, Gaga has also involved herself with humanitarian causes and LGBT activism. Gaga's primary influences include such acts as David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Queen. She has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has won numerous awards including five Grammy Awards and thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, has made two consecutive appearances on Billboard magazine's Artists of the Year (scoring the definitive title in 2010), regularly places on lists composed by Forbes magazine, and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine (Wikipedia).

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Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).