Lady Gaga attacked the music industry as ‘a fucking boys club’ whilst speaking at Billboard’s Women In Music event last night (December 11).
Gaga was being honoured for her work as both a songwriter and performer at the awards, and was applauding at the part of her acceptance speech when she made the comments.
She said: “What I really want to say is that it is really hard sometimes for women in music. It’s like a fucking boys club that we just can’t get into.”
“I tried for so long, I just really wanted to be taken seriously as a musician for my intelligence more than my body even in this business. You don’t always feel like when you’re working that people believe that you have a musical background, that you understand what you’re doing because you’re a female.”
Only earlier this week, the singer spoke openly about being raped by a producer as a teenager, whilst talking to a TimeTalks panel ahead of the release of horrific rape-on-campus documentary ‘The Hunting Ground’.
“I didn’t tell anyone for, I think, seven years. I didn’t know how to think about it. I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or think it was my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely.”
“When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you,” Gaga continued. “For many people it is almost like trauma. When you re-experience it throughout the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress, so a lot of people suffer from not only mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped, or traumatized in some type of way.”