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Lady Gaga called 'slut' by New York politician

Staten Island politician James P. Molinaro, 81, called Lady Gaga a "slut" for smoking what appeared to be pot on stage at a recent concert.
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Lady Gaga, greets fans as she arrives at the Stamford Plaza on June 5, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand (Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Staten Island politician James P. Molinaro, 81, called Lady Gaga a "slut" for smoking what appeared to be pot on stage at a recent concert.

According to the Associated Press, the borough president first uttered the slur on Monday and, following a day of outrage, repeated it on Tuesday.

"There's Gaga. Here's this, this, I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children," Molinaro said on Monday, reported the Staten Island Advance. "My niece has two daughters, 12 and 14, they love this woman. Why? Why? So we have a job to do with these actresses, these actors, these ball players. They use drugs as it's nothing. We shouldn't praise them. We shouldn't honor them. We should really hit them....

To me, she's not an actress, she's a slut, in the pure word, in the pure meaning of the word." 

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Molinaro told The New York Times on Tuesday evening that he used the word not to call Lady Gaga promiscuous, but to indicate she had behaved inappropriately.

"Looking up the word 'slut' to see if it was properly used before I used it, it said 'improper conduct,'" he said to the Times, referring to an entry in a Random House dictionary.

"Now, isn't it improper for someone who is so high profile to be smoking reefer in front of children? I have grandnieces that idolize her – 12 and 13 years old – and it's ridiculous. You see these young girls walking around on Halloween with her outfit on."

The Times also reported that drug abuse is a deeply personal issue for Molinaro, who lost his son to an overdose in 2006.

"I remember many days my son crying in my arms — 'Help me,'" he told an audience on Monday, at the launch of an anti-drug-abuse program.

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