Gaga’s new video for “Til It Happens to You” is directed by “Twilight” filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke and features a minimalist, black-and-white style far from the “Bad Romance” singer’s usual flare. Lady Gaga wrote this ballad because of the shocking rape rate in the colleges across the US. The track had originally appeared in January’s The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus-related sexual violence. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival backthen, but it’s only now that the song’s being released.
The problem with this undeniably powerful video is that it reinforces the separation of dealing with the emotional and the legal ramifications of rape-and specifically our failure to teach women how to deal with the latter.
In 2014, Gaga disclosed her own sexual assault (when she was 19 years old) during Howard Stern’s radio show.
Disturbing scenes include actress Nikki Reed getting assaulted in her dorm room, and Dope star Kiersey Clemons becoming the victim of date rape after attending a party with her roommate.
Gaga tweeted directly to survivors saying she hoped they could find some peace and love in the song. One of the victims writes “I am worthless” on her body.
The clip finishes with the message: “1 in 5 college women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes.” as well as pointing people towards the filmsFacebook page. Adding: “Till your world burns and crashes, Till you’re at the end, the end of your rope, Till you’re standing in my shoes, I don’t wanna hear a thing or two from you, from you.”
Gaga has pledged that a proportion of proceeds from sales of “Till It Happens To You” will be donated to organisations helping survivors of rape and sexual assault.
“I was so traumatized by it that I was like, ‘Just keep going, ‘ ’cause I just had to get out of there…I wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened”.