Don't look for Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro to become a “Little Monster” anytime soon (“Little Monsters,” of course, being the term for Lady Gaga’s fervent fanbase). Molinaro, who appeared at Staten Island Borough Hall on Monday to announce the launching of a new youth-oriented anti-drug campaign, denounced pop chart-topper Lady Gaga's blatant use of marijuana onstage at a concert in Amsterdam last week. Standing next to a poster that read “Stop glorifying drug use in the media,” which included two pictures of Gaga puffing a joint, Molinaro oddly opted to denigrate her in a sexual context before the gathered audience.
Molinaro said: “Here's this ... this ... I would call her a slut … This slut is influencing many, many children.”
He added sardonically: “And it's right to do. It's fine, it's part of it.”
Then Molinaro got personal: “My niece has two daughters, 12 and 14. They love this woman … Why? Why?”
Perhaps it’s because they relate more to Lady Gaga's cutting-edge brand of sincerity than they do hypocritical anti-pot rhetoric from an 81-year old man.
Gaga drew international attention when she smoked pot during a September 18 concert and praised “wondrous marijuana.” That night she went on to tell the crowd: “I want you to know it has totally changed my life and I've really cut down on drinking. It has been a totally spiritual experience for me with my music.”
At the anti-drug event in Staten Island, Molinaro went on to blast alleged drug-using celebrities in general – though he refrained from indicting anyone else by name: “So, we have a job to do also with these actresses, actors, ballplayers … They use drugs as if it's nothing. We shouldn't praise them. We shouldn't honor them.”
And despite the fact Gaga is a singer and not an actress, Molinaro's next comment appeared to reference Gaga once more: “We should hit the sponsors that she has ... where her millions of dollars come,” Molinaro opined. “To me, she's not an actress, she's a slut ... in the pure meaning of the word.”
In 1989, Molinaro helped found Staten Island's first AIDS day care center and medical care facility. Perhaps Molinaro should do some research regarding the efficacy of medical marijuana in improving the quality of life for AIDS patients.