Lady Gaga angers disability campaigners after performing from a wheelchair

She sang 'You And I' from a wheelchair during Sydney gig

Lady Gaga has angered disability support groups after she performed from a wheelchair at a Sydney gig this week.

The singer used the chair during her rendition of ‘You And I’, which is taken from her new album ‘Born This Way’ and also used one in her live performances for early single ‘Papparazzi’, but has drawn criticism for doing so, reports Canadian news website Jam Showbiz.

Jesse Billauer, founder of Life Rolls On Foundation, criticized the singer for using the chair for “shock value”, he said: “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. They, like me, unfortunately, don’t use a wheelchair for shock value.”

He added that she would like to see the singer attend one of her foundation’s events, saying: “I extend a personal invitation to Lady Gaga to attend one of our Life Rolls On events where quadriplegics and paraplegics surf, skate, and snowboard, so she can see how much is possible beyond a wheelchair. Maybe that will be most shocking to her of all.”

Lady Gaga, who is currently touring Australia, has not commented on the criticism as yet.