A little over a month ago, I blogged about the speculation over Lady Gaga joining the Arizona boycott. We now have a definitive answer. No she is not joining the boycott as her Phoenix, AZ concert on July 31st will go on as usual.
While slightly disapointing, this isn’t totally surprising. Big budget tours are often times so entangled in binding contractual agreements with vendors, artists, and venues that, aside from a doctor’s order that an artist cannot perform, the show must go on. Money talks.
This news come weeks after the news that Lady Gaga WOULD be joining a boycott of BP over the oil spill by not utilizing BP’s gas stations for her buses on tour. Though that boycott has since been criticized as misguided and hurting the wrong people, since many of the stations are independently owned, and BP oil is used by many stations other than those branded as such.
There is a unique opportunity here, however. As a comment on my last post proposed, Lady Gaga should put a positive spin on this event by using it as a fundraising opportunity for the opposition to SB1070. Commenter “Sha” goes on to mention that July 23-30 is National Week Against Criminalization, and many events will be held for this week of action.