Joe Biden Just Made The Oscars Stand Still In This Amazing Appearance (VIDEO)
VP Biden demanded efforts to stop sexual abuse at Oscar night
Vice President Joseph Biden made an appearance at last night’s Oscars. His time on stage was certainly unexpected. In fact, he left many people in the audience wondering what award or performance could be so important that the Vice President of the USA to be at the Academy Awards. He humbly asked the audience not to stand for him, and waved the applause away by saying “I’m the least qualified man here tonight.” Who would have thought that the most political and socially powerful moments of the evening—aside from Chris Rock’s monologue on racial equality—would belong to Joe Biden and Lady Gaga.
Biden addressed the audience at the Dolby Theatre as well as those watching the ceremony at home, asking everyone to pledge for the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign and to chalenge the culture that allows sexual abuse to happen. The campaign aims at stopping sexual assault on college campuses across the country. In his words, Biden declared
“I will intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given. Let’s change the culture. We must and we can change the culture so that no abused woman or man has to ask ‘what did I do?’ They did nothing wrong.”
Following this, with a loud cheering from the audience, he introduced Lady Gaga as a courageous woman and a friend.
— Vice President Biden (@VP) February 29, 2016
Lady Gaga performed her Academy Award-nominated song ‘Til It Happens To You’ soundtrack of the movie The Hunting Ground — a documentary about rape on college campuses. Although the song did not win the Oscar for Best Song, Lady Gaga’s performance received a standing ovation from a crowd that was moved to tears. Even Oscar-winner for best actress, Brie Larson, hugged each of the survivors as they left the stage.
Her performance—all dressed in white, singing to a big white piano— finished with her surrounded by young men and women, all victims of some type of sexual abuse, who had slogans written on their arms such as ‘unbreakable’, ‘survivor’, ‘not my fault’. The pop star—who recently spoke about her own experience of being raped as a teenager— concluded her song by holding hands with the victims that accompanied her on stage. As USA Today said
“The pair made quite the impact — Biden for his powerful words, and Gaga for her equally powerful vocals.”
VP Joe Biden has not only been a strong spokesperson for combating the increasing wave of campus violence, he has also led the Obama administration’s efforts to increase awareness on the topic. As a senator in the 1990s, Biden authored landmark legislation putting in new penalties for violence against women.
While Lady Gaga transformed her horrible experience into an extraordinary performance, Vice President Joe Biden did an excellent work in personally taking part in Hollywood’s biggest night to lend his voice to the cause. Although Gaga’s song lost to Sam Smith (who actually displayed a very lame performance) her stage show together with Biden’s speech certainly made it’s mark on the night. This moment would matter at any point, however this year honored many movies that addresses sexual abuse such as Spotlight, Room, and Mad Max. And although the Hollywood’s most important night may seem vain and superficial to many— to address such an important issue with the gravity that Biden gave it with millions of eyes around the world on it and followed by such a powerful performance, is certainly a moment that will not only make it’s mark on the Oscars, but will hopefully increase awareness on the topic of rape and abuse.
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