While the 34-year-old already cast her ballot, wearing a pair of pink platform boots, the singer and actress stepped into a number of other standout ensembles to applaud those who also voted early and to speak to those who haven’t done so yet.
“I believe, no matter how you feel right now about the election, you are still accountable. Maybe you’re sick of all the fighting or you’re frustrated by COVID and don’t want to deal with it, or maybe you dislike all the candidates or maybe you feel so discouraged by the state of our nation that you decided you don’t believe in voting because you feel it’s better not to be a part of the system — the system you don’t like,” she said. “If you want to change this system, if you want this country to be different than it is right now, you have got to participate in this election.”
Gaga went on to explain the implications of what’s come to be known as the most important election in the country’s history, stating “When they announce who has won the election, it will be very clear what this country has become.” She even assures Americans that unless they have a plane ticket and a place to stay elsewhere, the government chosen will impact everyone’s way of life.
“I’m telling you that no matter how you feel, your future is still in your hands with this vote. What you choose to do will affect you,” she said. “The fact is that the most critical vote right now is the one this country may never get to see. It’s yours.”
For those who have yet to find a reason to vote, Gaga rambled off just a few. “Vote in honor of someone you love, vote in honor of someone who loves you. Vote in honor of someone you have lost, someone you know who would stand in line for hours at the polls but can’t because they are no longer with us. Vote in honor of all of the voices that have less power, or maybe vote for the future children whose voices have yet to be heard. The future voices who will inherit this home,” she said.
The activist — who has spoken out against current President Donald Trump and teamed up with former Vice President Joe Biden for a PSA to stop sexual assault back in 2017 — also acknowledged that her message isn’t exclusive to those voting for the same nominee as she did.
“Even if you disagree with me, your vote still matters to the world,” she said. “You can vote early but you can’t vote late. And Tuesday is your last shot.”
Gaga made her message clear with a number of costume changes showing off her best looks from her days singing “Poker Face” to dressing up as her character Ally from A Star is Born. She also recreated her infamous meat dress from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and the look she donned at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show.
“I’ve never been shy to make my voice heard, I’ve said a lot of things in a lot of different ways, wearing a lot of different outfits, makeup, hats, dresses made out of meat, jumping off of stadiums, screaming on stage,” she said, in homage to her different looks and phases throughout her career. “I may have seemed to shift and change, but one thing that has never changed is my voice and what I believe. My voice will be heard this election. Will yours?”
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