- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 17, 2011

Group blasts Lady Gaga for wheelchair entrance

Lady Gaga’s bizarre antics don’t seem so funny to the Life Rolls On Foundation. The advocacy group for people with disabilities recently condemned Lady Gaga for rolling out onstage in a wheelchair during one of her concerts.

“Since this isn’t the first time she has used a wheelchair in her performances, I invite her to learn more about the 5.6 million Americans who live with paralysis,” Life Rolls On Foundation founder Jesse Billauer told RadarOnline.com. “They, like me, unfortunately, don’t use a wheelchair for shock value.”

The five-time Grammy Award winner Lady Gaga is known for doing unusual things during appearances. The pop sensation showed up to this year’s Grammy’s ceremony enclosed in an egg, wore a condom-inspired suit to a February “Good Morning America” appearance and put on a fake pregnant belly for a May “Saturday Night Live” performance.

Lady Gaga raised the ire of many Catholics this year with her song “Judas,” told from Mary Magdalene’s perspective.

“People have real talent, and then there is Lady Gaga. I find Gaga to be increasingly irrelevant,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in an April statement. “This is a stunt. … Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general: She dresses as a nun. … ;he swallows the rosary. She has now morphed into a caricature of herself.”

Mr. Billauer suggested that Lady Gaga attend a Life Rolls On event to open her eyes to the reality of living as a person with a disability.

French first lady Bruni-Sarkozy confirms pregnancy rumors

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who has been the subject of pregnancy rumors for months, has joined family members in coming forward about expecting a baby with President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Last week, the Italian-French singer-actress flaunted her pregnant stomach in a bikini shot taken in Fort de Bregancon. At the time, Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy had not confirmed nor denied whether she had a baby on the way, but in an interview with the Nice-Matin newspaper, the 43-year-old mother of one addressed the topic.

Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy told the French publication that her condition is “coming happiness, unexpected and unhoped for.”

When asked about the sex of her unborn child, the elegant songbird said, “That, I don’t even know myself. There are certain things which one should keep secret.”

As for the discretion on her pregnancy, Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy said, as translated by the Huffington Post, “First of all, to protect myself, to not put my private life on display. It’s a source of great happiness for me, but after all, it’s banal and the people [of France] have plenty of problems, so it would be inappropriate to talk about it. We are already so media-exposed.”

The former model stoked pregnancy rumors when she would shield her belly every time photographers approached with cameras. In a May interview with Le Parisien, Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy remained mum on mom talk.

“If I may, I will not answer all these familial questions. I have a little boy, too, and I do not answer questions about him,” she said.

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