Lady Gaga wore her infamous meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in protest of a discriminatory U.S. military policy.
The controversial act, dubbed Don’t ask, don’t tell (DADT), was introduced by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1994 and prohibited any homosexual or bisexual member of the armed forces from disclosing their sexual orientation.
However, in a new interview with Allure magazine, Gaga revealed that she wore her raw meat dress, created by Franc Fernandez, to the awards ceremony alongside members of the military who had come out.
“I went to that awards show with service people who were discharged from the military because they were coming out or were found out,” she explained. “I wore meat as a representation of the fact that we’re all the same.”
The act was finally repealed by former U.S. President Barack Obama a short time after Gaga’s red carpet protest.
The Born This Way hitmaker recently launched her own make-up line, Haus Laboratories, and wants her brand to be an inclusive champion for the LGBTQ+ community.
“I would like all gender identities to know very clearly that they are included, and never exploited, ever,” the 33-year-old stated. “I want that little boy at home that might like to be called a girl to say, ‘Mommy, I want to wear Dynasty. It’s a Glam Attack.’ And then Mommy goes, ‘Oh, my son wants to be called a girl, and he wants the Glam Attack.’ And then she goes and she gets it for him. And he uses it. And then there’s a bond.
“If I’m not changing people’s lives, what are we doing here?”