No stranger to controversy Lady Gaga has raised the ire of religious group with her latest provocative statement. Gaga’s recently released “Judas” single has reached the ears of some Catholics and Christians and they’re not very pleased.
The second single and latest track off her upcoming Born This Way album is causing a stir within Christian circles because of its perceived blasphemous lyrics and impending related images.
“This is a stunt,” Catholic League President Bill Donahue said in a statement. “Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general: she dresses as a nun...she swallows the rosary. She has now morphed into a caricature of herself."
Despite the criticism of the song, Gaga’s creative director, Laurieann Gibson, assured critics the track’s visuals won’t offend.
“I will tell you now, first off, I’m Christian, and my career is evidence of God in my life, and I think that most people are already thinking that Gaga and the blasphemy, and they’re premeditating the approach,” Gibson told MTV News last week. “I think they’ll be very shocked to find out how huge and really groundbreaking the message is and how freeing the message is for all the right reasons, and it’s really going to shock the world.”
Gibson also told the Hollywood Reporter, “It went through several changes and late-night debates because at one point, there were two completely difference views and I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightening to strike me! I believe in the gospel and I’m not going there.’”
However, with Gaga singing the song from the perspective of Mary Magdelene and lyrics like “I wanna love you/But something’s pulling me away from you/Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to, I cling to,” it’s hard to imagine how religious campaigners could come away unruffled.
Lady G, predictably unfazed by the criticism, went on to reveal the album art for Born This Way on her Twitter page Saturday [April 16]. The singer is featured in the photo as a hybrid half woman, half motorcycle. Born This Way hits store shelves May 23.
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