Lady Gaga sued over charity wristbands

In one of those stories that is obviously far more complex than it looks, Lady Gaga is being sued by a Michigan law firm for over charging fans for shipping costs and pocketing some of the proceeds for a series of wristbands she designed and sold for victims of the Japanese Tsunami.

There is little mercy in the world of big business and even in charity there is little space for error. We find it hard to believe that Gaga, who cant be short of a bob or two, would rip off a charity, even after finding out she only earned about one hundred quid from Spotify for royalties last year.

According to a suit filled by the law firm, Lady Gaga overcharged fans for shipping costs and pocketed a portion of the proceeds. The “We Pray For Japan” wristbands were being sold for $5, plus $3.99 for shipping and handling, and 60 cents for taxes.

The law firm says they have contacted Gaga’s representatives who refused to disclose how much was being “retained” by the pop star.

“When you use your celebrity and your power as a musician to take money from people under false pretences, that’s just wrong,” firm member Alyson Oliver said. “When we tried to communicate with the defendants in this lawsuit, all we got was, ”ËœWell, some of the money is being retained, but we don’t really know how much’, is the essence of the response that we got.”

The lawsuit is seeking $5 million in compensation and statutory damages, including a refund for all of the plaintiffs who bought wristbands, which are still for sale via Gaga’s official website.

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  1. you find it hard to believe she would rip off a charity???? First of all your right in one respect, it was her handlers not her who probably did, BUT, Gaga is a mind controlled, Illuminati tool of the New world order that SUCKERED crusty punks into paying 100 dollars for a ticket for her talentless show. Just because she ripped off a Doom cover doesnt make her cool. Learn about the music business, mind control and the new World order to find out more about how Gaga is complete robot of her Mk_ultra handlers who in my opinion had something to do with the death of the singer she ripped off named Lina Morgana. Any punk rocker that listens to her crap is being suckered and mind controlled to listen to it. her videos are full of masonic, demonic and new world order propaganda. Before u tell me I am wrong go and look into it and research the tons of articles written on Lady Gaggag being a masonic tool.

  2. Wristbands, schmistbands. I have never understood the craze for wrapping bits of cheap, manky plastic around your arms just to send the world a message that, ‘Hey, man, I care.’ The slogans on the stupid things are usually risible – I mean, ‘We pray for Japan’? C’mon, Chris Morris must’ve invented that one.

    I’m sure the Japanese people are mightily reassured that gormless western pop culture fans are festooning themselves with megastar-branded plastic tat, printed with a trite slogan. That’s just the kind of help the country needs right now, obviously.

    I once saw someone wearing a wristband that said ‘Live Strong’, which seemed an utterly empty phrase to me. The Guardian’s political sketchwriter, Simon Hoggart, claims that you can gauge the meaningless fatuity of political slogans by imagining the direct opposite. I think the same applies to wristbands: nobody would walk around wearing a wristband that said ‘Live Weak’.

    ‘Wearing badges is not enough, in days like these’ sang Billy Bragg. Well, exactly, Bill. And that goes for wristbands, and all.

  3. Surely the opasite of live strong is “die week”? I now want to make “live old” and “die youge” wristbands :)

  4. This story reminds me of the minor scandal that hit U2’s ONE foundation that was reported last year. Of the £ 9.6 million it claimed to earn, only £118,000 was handed out by ONE to charitable trusts; the rest, apparently, went to pay for the merch, admin costs and (over five million) on salaries.

    Personally I don’t give to charities unless I am absolutely certain that the contribution is a direct help; knowing how much of the contribution is going to reach a goal, and of course, how the rest of the cash is actually being spent. Charities, after all, have expenses like everyone else.

    I do become suspicious when a cause is “branded” – because like everything else – everyone (in need or not) is chasing that dollar.


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