Lady Gaga is speaking out against police brutality in a powerful message to this year's graduating class. In a message recorded as part of YouTube’s Dear Class 2020 graduation special on Sunday, the Chromatica artist, opened about the recent nationwide protests against systematic racial injustice and encouraged students to take action.
Gaga began by explaining how she originally recorded a different speech for the commencement special two weeks ago, before the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police sparked massive demonstrations across the world.
So, in deference to the civil unrest and highly publicized examples of police brutality amid the protests, she decided to record something new.
"My speech at that time reflected and referenced the shared experience of the COVID-19 global pandemic that has devastated the world this year and how important it is to be a force of kindness in the world as you take the next step forward in your promising lives," Gaga explained. "While my original speech may not be directly relevant to what this country needs most right now, I wish to tell you today that although there is much to be sad about, there is also much to be celebrated."
Check out her full speech!