Lady Gaga is famous for her catchy songs and her crazy outfits. Some people do not take her seriously because of some of her lyrics. Others do not take her seriously because of the way she presents herself. For example, the meat dress she wore to the VMA’s. However, A majority of people that have heard her new single “Until It Happens To You” have a new outlook on Lady Gaga. “Until It Happens To You” had 12,157,884 views and 270,674 likes within the first week of the song being on Youtube.com.
The song “Until It Happens To You” is striking and the music video that goes along with it is extremely graphic. The lyrics and the music video send out an inspiring, powerful, and meaningful message for many. The song depicts victims of rape on college campuses. This growing topic is needed to be known and people, especially college students should be informed. The song brings great attention to this serious topic.
Many victims of rape get different reactions when they speak up about this tragic event that happened to them. The lyrics state: “You tell me “it gets better, it gets better, in time. You say I’ll pull myself together, pull it together, you’ll be fine. Tell me what the hell do you know, what do you know tell me how the hell could you know, how could you know.”
These lyrics describe some of the responses that people give to victims but the truth is they do not know how the victims feel. The lyrics continue: Till it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels, how it feels till it happens to you, you won’t know, it won’t be real, no it won’t be real, won’t know how it feels.”
No one can truly understand something until it happens to them personally. People deal with their issues differently especially when it is a serious and harmful problem.
When asked their opinions of Lady Gaga’s new single, students had a lot to say. Adrianna Fiore explained her opinion of the song and the major topic: rape on college campuses. Fiore stated, “When I first heard the song I thought there was a deep meaning behind the lyrics; however, I did not grasp the full message until I watched the music video. The video helped me understand how serious the issue of college rape, and rape in general truly was. It is a scary reality to fathom.”
Sophomore, Quinn Kelly also had many thoughts on the new song. Kelly stated, “After seeing the statistics in the video, I realized how many people are affected by rape. It is scary to think that it does happen on college campuses and that majority of the victims are in my age group. It is good that Lady Gaga and others are using their fame wisely and addressing this serious problem.”
Andrew Neidig explained, “The video was very graphic and too awful to face the reality of college rape on campuses. It is sad and unfortunate that this is a rising issue in today’s society.”
The statistics in the video were as follows: “One in five college women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes.” “Until It Happens To You,” deals with a very important and serious issue and this topic is getting the attention it deserves.