Los Angeles Times
12.10.15 | Michael Ordona
Much as "Glory," the Oscar-winning original song from "Selma," is a stirring anthem for civil rights both past and present, "Til It Happens to You," from the harrowing campus sexual-assault documentary "The Hunting Ground," is also an expression of victimhood redirected into empowerment.
The often gut-wrenching song, which comes from Lady Gaga and seven-time Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren, has received critical praise and has logged more than 21 million views on YouTube.
A phone interview with The Envelope between Gaga and Warren quickly became a rapid-fire chat between the collaborators, leaving their interviewer to marvel at the women's openness and strength.
Noting that she hadn't yet seen the film when she started work on the song, Warren spoke openly of her anger at such assaults and more obliquely about a personal connection. From the film's music supervisor, Bonnie Greenberg, she first heard some of the testimonials of rape survivors in the documentary.