Lady Gaga is undoubtedly a very bizarre celebrity; however, she is socially conscious and pushes the envelope to help people. Her latest effort to change the world to the better is called the Born Brave Bus.
In 2011, Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, found Born This Way Foundation. According to the Foundation’s official website, its goal is to help society become more tolerant so that people could embrace differences and celebrate individuality. The performer unveiled the project of the Born Brave Bus in January 2013. The goal is to offer free counseling to individuals and groups of people who suffer from bullying and depression. The Bus will accompany Lady Gaga in her “Born This Way” tour and will be open three hours before the concert. Any person who is under 25 years of age will be able to get professional counseling on bullying and depression. According to Lady Gaga, the Born Brave Bus is very important and personal to her as she herself was bullied as a child. She wrote on Facebook that she was sure that the Born Brave Bus would help people. There will be no judgment, she writes. The Bus is absolutely free, and fans do not need even a ticket to my concert to use it.
Sadly, some people found Gaga’s message too outrageous. The Florida Family Association went so far as to hire an airplane for $1,900 in order to fly “NOT Born this way” banner over the place where the Born Brave Bus debuted. It happened in Tacoma, Washington, on the 14th of January. The extremist group plans to do the same on the 31st of January when Lady Gaga is to perform in Houston. According to the official message of the group, its goal is to stop people to visit Lady Gaga’s concerts where anyone can convince them to embrace homosexuality and a transgender lifestyle.
However, Gaga’s goal sounds clear: she wants to help victims of bullying. According to Gaga’s friend Breedlove, the bullying issue is very important to her. She can talk hours about bullying, he says. In 2012, in his interview to Oprah, Lady Gaga said that she unveiled Born This Way Foundation to help people and make them talk about bullying. I receive tons of texts, e-mails, and letters about bullying every day, she said. People write to me that they want to be brave and tolerant, and I am very proud to continue this dialogue, she acknowledged.