Winfrey explained that she doesn’t usually make appearances like this, but she believes in the foundation’s message. “I am here because I believe that every human being who comes to the planet comes with the inherit and divine right to be himself and herself,” she said.
The media queen explained that the foundation’s beliefs — “kindness, compassion, empowerment, acceptance” — are in alignment with her own. Watch Oprah speak below.
Then it was time for the woman of the hour, Lady Gaga, to sit down for an interview with Oprah. The clearly excited singer thanked the crowd for being there. She confidently told Oprah that it’s “not that hard“ to change the world.
Gaga explained that after she released “Born This Way,” a song that shares its name with the foundation, she heard from fans who wanted to make a difference. The foundation was inspired by wanting to keep a dialogue going, she explained.
The foundation was also inspired by Gaga’s mother who encouraged her to give back, she said. Germanotta serves as the foundation’s president. Gaga hopes the foundation will serve as a “nuclear family” to others.
“I’m not here today to give you an answer,” Gaga told the crowd, which included young volunteers from the foundation. “This is about transformative change in culture over time.”
The singer took care to make it clear that the foundation is not solely about bullying, but rather “youth empowerment.”
As part of the foundation, Gaga said a “Born Brave Bus” will travel with her and will be open to anyone who wants to talk about “love, acceptance and kindness.” Acknowledging that the bus couldn’t reach everyone, she asked those assembled to share the foundation’s message.
Gaga, who vowed to make bullying a crime after the suicide of a young fan, said she now understands that it isn’t possible to make such a law.
“The culture of love is not going to change overnight. So we have to start it slowly. But you are the answer,” Gaga said. “You are the future.”
Watch Gaga speak with Oprah below.
Gaga welcomed her mother, Germonatta, who introduced professor Charles Ogletree, doctor and author Deepak Chopra, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and other experts to talk about the foundation.
Watch the panel below.
Watch the entire event at the BTW Foundation’s YouTube channel here.