Madonna's got her claws out and she's going for Gaga's neck! Madge called Mother Monster "reductive" (read: not so awesome) in a recent interview, and now the blogosphere's abuzz. So who's the bigger pop idol, and your fave philanthropist? Vote below in the Act-Off we've all been waiting for...
Over the years, the reigning queen of pop has involved herself with multiple charities, fighting HIV/AIDS, revitalizing Haiti, and combating climate change. But the organization that has "taken over" her life is Raising Malawi. Madge established the non-profit in 2006, shortly after adopting a young Malawian named David. Raising Malawi's goal is to end poverty and disease among the overwhelmingly large orphan community in her son's native land. Every so often, the singer makes a trip down to Malawi to check on the progress of her non-profit, which provides food, clothing, shelter, education, and medical care daily to over 1.4 million children.
But according to the NY Times, the organization had a scandal last year, "spending $3.8 million on a project that never came to fruition." Madonna's response to financial woes of Raising Malawi? "In spite of the challenges I've encountered trying to build a girl's school in Malawi, I should stay the course and keep going no matter how much resistance I encounter," Madonna told Oprah on the daytime diva's show finale last year.
Clearly Madonna has moved forward from the controversy (Not her first time in the scandal rodeo, right?) and she's determined to progress to end disease and poverty in Malawi, an African nation of 14 million people.
+ Lady Gaga
Mother Monster is quite the charitable celeb. Since the singer came on the scene in 2008, the "Fame Monster" has lent her voice to support multiple social awareness campaigns around LGBTQ youth, education, and the disasters in both Haiti and Japan. She was also one of the biggest advocates in wanting to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), speaking at rallies, making videos about the issue, tweeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about the matter as well as taking an important date(s) to the 2010 VMA's --"openly gay service members who had been discharged or left the military due to the policy." Her voice, as well as millions of others, were heard when DADT officially ended last fall.
In late 2011, Gaga made her mark by establishing the Born This Way Foundation to fight one of the biggest issues among teens today: bullying. The young organization will focus on "youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change."
So who's the bigger
star philanthropist? Gaga or Madonna? Take action below!