If you’re a Boston-area fan of celebrities with great intentions and possible messiah complexes, you’re no doubt equal parts stoked and mystified about this. On February 29, LADY GAGA and OPRAH WINFREY will beam down from their earth-orbiting space station HQ, codenamed "the Watchtower," to launch Gaga’s BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION at Harvard University.
Specifics of the festivities remain murky. A publicist told the Phoenix that a start time has not been established yet, and any information about whether Gaga will sing or talk or just hang out and chill or what cannot be confirmed or denied. Limited tickets have been available through Harvard-managed lotteries. More solid facts are tentatively expected to surface early next week. At some point during this shindig, we assume a song reminiscent of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” will at the absolute least pop up as someone’s cell ringtone.
More from the press release (which we realize is pretty old): Gaga envisioned the BTWF as a nonprofit with the vague but utterly-wholesome agenda of fostering, “a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment,” via investigating issues like “self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy.”
So, it’s like D.A.R.E. except it's an anti-bullying thing instead of an anti-drug thing? Or it's sort of like PETA for downtrodden youngsters? Promisingly, the BTWF’s co-sponsored by a few less-glamorous philanthropic and/or research establishments like the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Other personalities expected to attend whatever's happening Wednesday include spiritual-wellness dude (and former-BFF to Michael Jackson) Deepak Chopra, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and several unspecified others who probably aren’t as famous.
It's all well-and-good to poke fun when celebrities get a tad (or more than a tad) self-congratulatory about a taking up a "cause," but boy do we ever feel a big gooey rush of sympathy whenever we hear about bullied teenagers. Thus, let us not pester the mighty Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta for her organizational ambiguity and the fact that her last album wasn't as awesome as the Fame. Instead, let us raise our paws in salute, and wish her godspeed in her quest against intolerance.