A Staten Island politician called Lady Gaga  a "slut" Monday for openly smoking what appeared to be marijuana at a recent concert, and following a day of outrage, repeated the slur on Tuesday.
"There's Gaga. Here's this, this, I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children," Borough President James Molinaro said on Monday, according to the Staten Island Advance . "My niece has two daughters, 12 and 14, they love this woman. Why? Why? So we have a job to do with these actresses, these actors, these ball players. They use drugs as it's nothing. We shouldn't praise them. We shouldn't honor them. We should really hit them....
To me, she's not an actress, she's a slut, in the pure word, in the pure meaning of the word."
At the time of comments, Molinaro was pointing to photos of the not-actress lighting what appears to be a marijuana cigarette at an Amsterdam concert last week. The photos were displayed alongside a poster that said: "Stop glorifying drug use in the media."
Following the remarks, several area politicians condemned the remarks including Staten Island Councilwoman Debi Rose, who made sure to reference the name of Gaga fans in her statement, picked up by amNewYork . "As a fan and one who can relate to Gaga's little monsters I found the language used yesterday to be inappropriate for public discourse."
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is running for mayor in 2013, also chimed in to defend Gaga, who grew up in the Upper West Side neighborhood. "In addition to her artistic pursuits, she is a social justice activist and a real leader for marriage equality in this country."
On Tuesday, an unfazed Molinaro defended his use of the word to describe Gaga.
"A slut is someone that's immoral or uses improper conduct. That's the interpretation in the Random dictionary. So she's using improper conduct. So she's a slut," he said, according to the Staten Island Advance. "What's the big deal about it? Are you excited because she's female? There's males that are sluts too ... Anyone that would expose people that look up to them and who their idol is, to the use of narcotics, to me is a slut, male or female. It doesn't matter."
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