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The Academy Awards Finds A Way To Be Even More Liberal



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  • Joe Biden will introduce Lady Gaga at the Oscars On Sunday.
  • Lady Gaga is nominated for her song “Til It Happens to You,” a song about campus sexual assault.
  • Joe Biden was chosen because he was the main author in 1994 on the Violence Against Women Act and is not the driving force behind “It's On Us” campaign.
  • “It's On Us” campaign asks college kids to take a pledge against campus sexual assaults.

Vice President Joe Biden will team up with Lady Gaga during Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony for a special presentation aimed to combat sexual violence, White House officials said Thursday.

Biden, who was the main author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act during his career in the Senate, will introduce Lady Gaga for a performance of her nominated song, “Til It Happens to You,” an administration official told The Times. The singer co-wrote the piece, which is about campus sexual assault, with songwriter Diane Warren for the documentary film “The Hunting Ground.”

Related: Sexual Assault The Norm For Hollywood

Biden has been one of the main advocates for the administration's “It's On Us” campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness about the problem of sexual violence on American campuses. The campaign asks students to take a pledge to intervene instead of being bystanders if a sexual assault is taking place, to recognize that sexual contact without consent is an assault and a crime, and to support survivors and make sexual assault unacceptable.

In the fall, Biden met with Warren and several other Hollywood activists to talk about the campaign. During the conversation, the two talked about the power of the song, the administration official said.

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