After a period in which “my art pop could mean anything” diva Lady Gaga went totally normcore—collaborating with Tony Bennett, covering Julie Andrews at the Oscars, getting engaged, and scoring the lead role in the upcoming season of American Horror Story—the sudden release of her much-teased Diane Warren-penned single “Till It Happens To You” already feels like a slight return to form, but with a much more powerful message. Get your tissues out!
The emotional ballad written and recorded for Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering‘s upcoming documentary The Hunting Ground focuses on rape on college campuses, and Gaga‘s just-released visual for the song does the exact same. Rightly so, the video directed by Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke opens with a warning: “The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally unsettling but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses.” There isn’t much I’d like to add about this, it’s intense and it will not be for everyone.
A portion of the song’s sale proceeds will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.
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