This is a celebrity gossip blog, not a political blog, so I’ll leave my personal opinions somewhat out of this one. You see, Lady Gaga recently visited Israel, which makes her an expert in the world’s political climate and totally qualified to tell us all how wrong we are about the country because it’s nice and she met some nice people there. Uh… okay?
From The Independent:
“Oh it was fantastic!” she coos of her Israeli show. “Tel Aviv was magnificent. The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits,” she says, perhaps not a view that would prevail in Gaza. “I had a very emotional show with those fans. It was wonderful.
Here’s the thing: the world view about Israel is based on what the country does on an international scale, not about the individuals you’ve met there who like your music, girl. A lot of people think a lot of shitty things about Americans based on what our country does in the world, but that has little reflection on everyday citizens who want nothing to do with what the government puts into play. Most people with any intelligence know that a lot of Americans are sick and tired of the terrorist witch hunting and the fact that America can’t seem to mind its own business (in fact, it minds anything but). However, that doesn’t mean what people think of America as a COUNTRY is wrong – America is synonymous with war and greed and shit at this point to other countries in the world, so obviously that’s what they’re basing their opinions on. Same goes for Israel. I’m sure there are PLENTY of lovely Israeli people; in fact, I imagine most people in the country are lovely. Politicians and citizens rarely have the same goals.
My one word of advice to Lady Gaga would be to be an entertainer, not a political commentator. To say that those who view Israel in a negative light – especially those who live in the region – are not living in “reality” is ridiculous. It’s THEIR reality, which is far more than the codified version she no doubt experienced in her few days there.