Via Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY:
BEVERLY HILLS — Lady Gaga pre-empted her speech Thursday night about the need for mental health programs with a warning.
“I feel very much like I do not belong here,” the pop star-turned-Oscar-buzzworthy actress said to actors and producers at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s annual fundraiser Patron Of the Artists Awards, where Spike Lee, Harrison Ford and Jeffrey Katzenberg were also honored.
“So I spent three-and-a-half hours writing what I was going to say. And as I’ve been sitting here all night, I’ve been going, ‘Oh my God, your speech is too long and everybody’s going to get bored.’ “
At about 20 minutes, the speech was long, yes. But the room of actors was riveted by what Gaga said from the podium about kindness, mental health outreach and her own struggles.
“We are losing a generation of young people who do not believe that their voices are worth hearing,” she said, suggesting that SAG-AFTRA partner with Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to provide mental health teams for those suffering. “The need in this world for kindness is paralyzing. The negative news and tragedies are nonstop and overwhelming.”