Looks like Lady Gaga isn’t afraid to speak her mind—after a little nudging.
The singer made headlines this weekend after speaking out against SB 1070 to a crowd of 14,000 fans in Phoenix on Saturday. The move came less than a week after portions of the draconian law took effect, and within weeks of several other high profile artists calling for a boycott of the state. After Gaga opted out of a boycott other high-profile artists have joined, several petitions circulated to get the singer to speak out publicly against the law. Gaga reportedly met with two young, queer immigrant rights organizers the night before the show, and by the time she stepped on stage she had “Stop SB 1070” written in black ink on her arms.
“We have to be active. We have to protest … I will yell and I will scream louder,” she told the crowd. “I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will peaceably protest this state.”
When some fans started to boo the artist, Gaga reportedly fired back, saying “Don’t fucking boo me,” and then went on to say that “without immigrants, this country wouldn’t be shit.”
Alex DiBranco at Change.org noted that Gaga also spoke out against the federal 287(g) program, which deputizes local police to investigate immigration status of people arrested for other reasons, and dedicated the song “You and I” to a boy whose brother was taken by authorities during an immigration raid.
Gaga, of course, isn’t afraid to speak up and court controversy. She’s spoken candidly about queer rights issues and, despite the occasional aesthetic rip-offs, is largely seen as one of the most vocal musicians in pop music.