By DiMarkco Chandler
Throughout her career, Lady Gaga has tried to help those who found themselves in situation that were less privilege than she. The two time Grammy winner recently partnered with Virgin Mobile on her Monster Ball national tour that raised more than $80,000 to support homeless youths.
Along with Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and others, she is engaged with the project “Keep a Child Alive,” which helped the charity raise $1 million. In 2011 the Born This Way singer and Justin Bieber joined George Clooney as the top three celebrities engaged in charitable giving.
Mashable.com reported in April of 2011, that “Whatever people may say about Lady Gaga, she has been a positive influence in the philanthropic world.”
Late last year, Gaga started the Born This Way foundation to empower youth. She said in a statement reported in sheknows.com that “we hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.” Obviously, the 26-year-old pop star has made an impact towards helping people.
That is why the recent settlement that Gaga was almost forced to make in a Japan Charity Lawsuit appears strange to say the least. It was not strange because she settled but strange because it seems that the $5 million class action lawsuit clearly had no merit.
In an AOL blog published on June 26, 2012, it was reported that Gaga had offered to sell wristbands that she personally designed to raise money for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The allegation said that “Gaga charged $5 for the bracelets and earned upward of $1.5 million through the fundraising initiative. On her website, she promised that ‘all proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts.” The claim specifically said that fans and visitors were misled because the price of the bracelet incurred a $4 shipping charge and taxes, which was not also included in when Gaga donated the $1.5 million to charity. In other words, the argument suggests that since the singer songwriter told donor that 100 percent of the proceeds would be donated, her accusers expected that all money collected represented 100 percent.
Though Gaga felt the suit was without credit, she agreed to settle it by paying an additional $107,500 to the tsunami victims.
The entire legal petition was arguably an underhanded tactic by the Detroit-based attorney Alyson Oliver, who used the courts to create for herself a payday.
Fans should be outraged by the ploy and respond with disdain to Oliver.