Lady Gaga on Saturday condemned Vice President Pence for thinking “it’s acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ” people, calling Pence the “worst representation” of Christianity.
“To Mike Pence who thinks it’s acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ. You are wrong,” Gaga said during a performance at Park MGM in Las Vegas, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal. “You said you should not discriminate against Christianity. You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian.”
”I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome,” she continued. “So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
— Kara (@gagaamour) January 20, 2019
The comments came only days after reports surfaced that Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, would begin teaching art at a private school that prohibits LGBT faculty and students.
Among other things, Immanuel Christian School requires potential employees to pledge that they believe marriage is between a man and a woman and that they do not engage in “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” or “transgender identity,” according to an employment application.
Pence defended his wife’s job in an interview with EWTN last week, claiming that the U.S. has “a rich tradition of Christian education and, frankly, religious education broadly defined.”
“I have to tell you, to see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive,” Pence, who is an evangelical christian, said.
He later argued that “this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”
Pence has faced scrutiny in the past from the LGBTQ community for legislation he has supported. In 2015, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that some viewed as anti-LGBTQ.
In addition to her comments aimed at Pence, Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, called on President Trump to reopen the federal government.
“There are people that live paycheck to paycheck that need their money,” she said.