Lady Gaga and Judas Cause Controversy Before Easter

Posted on April 20, 2011

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CARLYN HILL

The “Paparazzi” is, as expected, all over Lady Gaga’s new single, but this time it’s about much more than what new outfits the pop star has been donning.

At first listen, the lyrics to Lady Gaga’s newest single “Judas” are difficult to understand, so it comes off as just a catchy dance song. But it’s never that simple with Ms. Gaga or, as her fans call her, “Mother Monster.”

As the title suggests, the lyrics contain explicit religious references, including the repeated phrase “I’m in love with Judas” as well as more forthright statements such as, “Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to.”

Since its release on Sunday, it has been stirring up quite a bit of controversy among religious groups. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Catholic groups like The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights have slammed the pop star for using Catholic imagery to boost her performances.
This isn’t the first time Lady Gaga has used religious themes in her performances. Her most religiously explicit music video to date is undeniably last year’s “Alejandro.” In it there are multiple depictions of the cross as well as a scene in which she swallows a rosary while dressed like a nun. She can also be seen wearing nun-like attire in her live performances of “Love Game.”

However, with its edgy lyrics and deliberate release on Palm Sunday, it’s no wonder that “Judas” is making more of an impact than some of Lady Gaga’s other risqué uses of Catholic imagery did.

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