By  on October 8, 2010

When U.S. Senate Republicans were threatening to filibuster over a defense appropriations bill that would, among other things, abolish the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell statute, pop icon Lady Gaga took action, making it her mission to help repeal the ban.

She kicked off her campaign at the MTV Video Music Awards, appearing on the red carpet with four gay veterans of the armed forces as her dates. Next, she posted a video call to action on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, directly addressing senators with a passionate defense of her stance, attired now in a sober black suit rather than the dress made out of raw meat, which had garnered so much media attention at the awards ceremony. She asked her fans to post their own responses about why they wanted their elected representatives to repeal the ban and included explicit instructions on how to contact one's state Senators in Washington on her Facebook page (where she has 18 million followers and counting), her Twitter account (the medium of which she's been dubbed "queen of " and of which she numbers more than six million followers) and her YouTube channel (where she has almost 350,000 subscribers. Oprah, in comparison, has about 81,000).

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