‘I Got You’: Lady Gaga Gently Helping Liza Minnelli At The Oscars Got Overshadowed By That Rude Slap

Liza Minnelli and Lady Gaga
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With everyone obsessing about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock over a “G.I. Jane” joke, all the other moments from the 2022 Oscars have been mostly forgotten. Considering that the show featured plenty of expected virtue signaling, including a song and dance number featuring the word “gay” for all the Florida residents, that’s actually a good thing. 

However, many fans did notice Lady Gaga for her exceptionally kind treatment of an ailing Liza Minnelli.

Minnelli, 76, has been battling health issues for years. She appeared as a presenter at the Academy Awards in a wheelchair alongside Gaga. The “Bad Romance” singer is a big fan and has always said what an inspiration Minelli was for her own career. 

As the Hollywood legend struggled with her lines and appeared confused, Lady Gaga deftly rescued her without becoming patronizing and generally exemplified what it means to respect the humanity in another person. Fans were overjoyed to see this touching interaction between the two recording artists, BuzzFeed reported

Lady Gaga gripped Minnelli’s hand for most of the time leading up to them announcing “Best Picture” together, giving a physical reminder that she was with her. When the audience started applauding Minelli’s cameo appearance, Gaga stepped back and said to her, “You see that? The public, they love you.”

Minnelli could be heard laughing as she fumbled with her notes and said, “Oh yes, now what am I…I don’t understand.”

Gaga smiled and told her: “I’ve got it,” before introducing Minelli to the audience as a “true showbusiness legend.”

Minnelli struggled through her lines a few more times, and each time she did, Lady Gaga rescued her without talking over her, making it seem like it was all part of the script. 

Then came the much-buzzed about hot mic moment when Gaga leaned over and whispered to Minnelli, “I got you,” to which Minnelli replied: “I know, thank you.”

Social media had nothing but praise for Gaga’s treatment of the ailing celebrity.

“It warmed my heart to see how considerate and caring Lady Gaga treated the terribly fragile Liza Minelli without robbing her of her dignity,” one person shared on Twitter.

“This is like a lesson in how to facilitate older people while honouring who they are. What a class act by @ladygaga with legend Liza Minnelli. The conferred whispers of ‘I gotcha’ ‘I know’ picked up by the mikes make it especially touching,” Irish journalist Naomi O’Leary wrote

“I just gained a whole new respect for Lady Gaga watching the gentle and dignified way that she interacted with Liza Minnelli. It literally brought tears to my eyes,” another person agreed.

The Oscars suffered from weak ratings, leading some to speculate that the Smith/Rock interaction was staged. Onlookers insist that Smith’s outburst absolutely wasn’t part of the planned performance.

Meanwhile, the love between Gaga and Minnelli was all real. 

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