Famed “anti-fracking activist” Lady Gaga spent election eve at Joe Biden’s final drive-in campaign rally at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along with John Legend, Kamala Harris, and of course, Biden himself. She performed piano renditions of some of her biggest hits and gave a speech in which she slammed the numerous detailed allegations of sexual assault against President Donald Trump.
“To all the women, and all the men with daughters, and sisters, and mothers, everybody, no matter how you identify, now is your chance to vote against Donald Trump, a man who believes his fame gives him the right to grab one of your daughters, or sisters, or mothers or wives by any part of their bodies,” the singer said on Monday night.
“Vote for Joe,” she added. “He’s a good person.”
Lady Gaga has long been an advocate for sexual assault survivors and has been candid about her own experiences dating back to when she was a teenager. Trump, meanwhile, has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women, including columnist E. Jean Carroll, who is suing the president for defamation after he claimed she was “totally lying” about the allegations.
Trump also infamously made misogynistic comments in an Access Hollywood tape about feeling entitled to violate women’s consent, an incident to which Gaga alluded in her speech.
But of course, it wouldn’t be a Gaga appearance if it didn’t also involve a slightly unhinged performance. Sitting at a white piano in a white sweatshirt printed simply with “JOE” over the chest, she introduced herself and her connection to the state. “I know people in Pennsylvania,” she said. “I used to live here, Joe’s from here, you got a lot of heart. This is not a shallow people.”
And with an implied wink and nudge, Gaga launched into a powerhouse performance of her 2018 hit “Shallow” from the A Star is Born soundtrack.
This was only one of many cheeky Gaga election jokes to come. Somewhat confusingly, she repurposed the song’s Oscar-winning chorus to ask attendees: “Who’s off the deep end that Joe Biden needs to be the president of this country?” What this means exactly is unclear, and yet: Who among us can say that they aren’t off the deep end that Joe Biden needs to be the president of this country? (Point: Gaga.)