Lady Gaga and Joe Biden, aka the two best people whose names you never thought you'd see in the same sentence, have teamed up to fight sexual assault through It's On Us, an initiative launched in 2014 by the Obama administration. The dynamic duo filmed a PSA that's certain to warm your heart, in which Biden calls Gaga his "buddy" and they jointly outline the damaging effects sexual assault can have on victims.
"Here is not only a great friend but a fierce advocate," Biden says in the video, which Gaga posted today to her Twitter feed. "Lady Gaga has been a voice for people who have been forgotten and people who have been abused. Until it happens to you — well it happened to her. We want to make it clear — it's on us, it's on everyone to intervene to stop abuse when they see it and when they hear about. No man has a right to raise a hand on a woman for any reason other than self-defense, ever. Period."
"And that's not to leave out the men as well," Gaga adds. "I am a sexual assault survivor and I know the effects, the aftermath, the trauma. Psychological, physical, mental — it can be terrifying, waking up every day and feeling unsafe in your own body. But we're here to remind you that it's important to reach out to someone in your life that you can trust, and to know that they will be there to help you. There will be someone to listen."
The PSA comes not only in the wake of sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, and other high-profile individuals but also as secretary of education Betsy DeVos attempts to reverse Obama administration policies regarding sexual assault on college campuses.
And while you might not immediately associate the pair, it's actually not the first time Biden and Gaga have teamed up for the cause. At the 2016 Oscars, Biden made a surprise appearance to introduce Gaga for a performance and speak briefly about the sexual assault epidemic plaguing college campuses.
Here's to these two, and to the nascent possibility of a Biden/Gaga 2020 ticket, even if only in my dreams.