Entertainment / Celebs And Viral

Adriaan Roets
2 minute read
8 Dec 2014
8:00 pm

Roaring for the weeping

Adriaan Roets

'You're just a pig inside a human body, you're so disgusting. Swine", Lady Gaga belts out on Swine from her album Artpop.

Gaga was sexually assaulted when she was 19. She told American shock-jock Howard Stern: “The song is about rape. The song is about demoralisation. The song is about rage and fury …”

While singing the song live earlier this year a performance artist vomited paint on to her.

FILE PICTURE: US pop diva Lady Gaga, pictured during the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, in West Hollywood, California, on March 2, 2014. Picture: AFP

FILE PICTURE: US pop diva Lady Gaga, pictured during the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, in West Hollywood, California, on March 2, 2014. Picture: AFP

“I said to myself, I want to sing this song while I’m ripping hard on a drum kit and then I want to get on a mechanical bull, which is probably one of the most demoralising things that you can put a female on in her underwear, and I want this chick to throw up on me in front of the world so that I can tell them: ‘You know what, you can never ever degrade me as much as I could degrade myself and look how beautiful it is when I do’.”

Gaga’s high-profile confession opens a channel to discuss sexual violence and abuse. But is this effective?

 

In South Africa, until Wednesday, the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare war on violence against women and children. Many people in the public eye have stepped up. Anneline Malebo, singer of Paradise Road – a powerful anti-apartheid song – was raped in 2000 and sparked a conversation on the issue until she died two years later from HIV. She contracted the disease during the assault.

Golden girl Charlize Theron revealed her abusive father violated her, leading to her mother Gerda killing him when she was 15.

FILE PICTURE: Charlize Theron attends a photocall to promote "A Million Ways To Die In The West" on May 27, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

FILE PICTURE: Charlize Theron attends a photocall to promote “A Million Ways To Die In The West” on May 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Actress Amanda du Pont has also spoken out about abuse, allegedly at the hands of Jub Jub.

Yet the Medical Research Council estimates only one in nine rapes in South Africa is reported. SAPS statistics for 2013 and 2014 reflect 46 253 reports of rape.

Though there is progress, the truth is thousands of swine continue to roam free.