Lady Gaga‘s Sydney Town Hall performance caused a stir because she performed in a wheel chair as her alter ego Yuyi the Mermaid singing her song You And I. This isn’t the first time that Lady Gaga has rolled on stage to perform. Jesse Billauer, the founder of America Rolls On Foundation, said that the group accepts her right to artistically express herself using a wheel chair, but others don’t have this choice
“Since this isn’t the first time she has used a wheelchair in her performances, I invite her to learn more about the 5.6million Americans who live with paralysis.They, like me, unfortunately, don’t use a wheelchair for shock value.I extend a personal invitation to Lady GaGa to attend one of our Life Rolls On events where quadriplegics and paraplegics surf, skate, and snowboard, so she can see how much is possible beyond a wheelchair. Maybe that will be most shocking to her of all” Says Billauer.
When her video “Paparazzi” first premiered, it also sparked controversy because she was in a wheelchair and neck brace and was shown being pushed off a balcony. Lady Gaga responded to the controversy by saying that she was inspired by fashion photographer Helmet Newton’s pictures of disabled women, and said her fans were okay with her performances in wheelchairs.
“I had girls in wheelchairs crying to me at meet-and-greets, telling me that when they saw that video it changed their lives” says Lady Gaga in a Vanity Fair interview.