Lady Gaga Discusses Her Oscar Nomination & How It Helps Rape Survivors
“Everyone says, ‘Oh, an Oscar nomination.’ It’s not about that for me at all,” the 29-year-old entertainer told Deadline. “Of course, it’s cool. The Oscars nominated this issue by nominating this song. Now the issue has the media talking about it, hopefully in a way I believe it deserves to be talked about. We can reach more people. When an organization like The Academy that believes in talent says ‘We care about you.’ That means that message is not just sent to me and Diane, but to people that hear the song and who went through something like this.”
The song, “Till It Happens to You,” is from the documentary The Hunting Ground, which deals with campus rape.
“Working on this with Diane has helped me relive all of this in a bad way at first. It’s healing, but it’s like a wound that has to crack and be messed up before it heals. I would never have done this without Diane. I would never be able to face it by myself and sing somebody else’s song. It had to be something that I believed in to my core,” Gaga continued about the issue at hand.
Both Lady Gaga and Diane have been victims of sexual violence. The 2016 Oscars air this Sunday.