New Lady Gaga Video Centers on Campus Sexual Assault


“The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally unsettling,” reads the text preceding Lady Gaga’s latest video, “but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses.”

A collaboration with Diane Warren that originally appeared in sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, “Til It Happens to You” depicts several campus assaults and survivors’ subsequent attempts to work through their trauma. The message is blunt—”You don’t know how it feels ’til it happens to you”—yet strikingly political for a major pop star.

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke of Twilight, the clip is also Lady Gaga’s first release since Cheek to Cheek, her collaboration with Tony Bennett. Watch the full video below; the song is also available for purchase on iTunes, where a portion of the proceeds will go towards organizations that help survivors: