Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation have recently announced that the upcoming U.S. leg of Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour will offer a unique "tailgating experience" with the Born Brave Bus Tour, a companion tour that will offer young people — ages 13-25 — a chance "to gather and celebrate their individuality in a safe arena where everyone is encouraged to be the person they were born to be." The Born Brave Bus will provide music, food, games and — this is where it gets interesting — free counseling sessions to Monsters who want or need to discuss issues of mental health or bullying.
Our Lady of Gaga wrote this on her Facebook page:
For those wondering about the "counseling" at the BTWBall BornBrave pre-show, it will be a fun tailgating experience for monsters to unite...At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends...BornBrave Bus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all. I feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around "help" and make it fun.
Aw, Gaga. For all of her egg snoozin' and palling around with Terry Richardson, it does seem like her heart is in the right place and that she has a genuine interest in helping people. But, that being said, will a pre-concert 15 minute therapy session do much to help anyone? Maybe not in the way that the counselors (who I'm imagining will all be dressed as different versions of David Bowie) will be able to get to the root of these kid's problems, but, to Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation's credit, there is a lot of value in feeling like you have a place and are being listened to even if it's just for a short amount of time. The idea isn't perfect, but it's definitely a start.
Lady Gaga Launches Born Brave Bus Tour [Look to the Stars]