Although the “Judas” video by Lady Gaga was supposed to be revealed today, it was released a bit earlier on Thursday. The single is considered to be very controversial and has garnered a lot of buzz due to its religious content. The video consists of Gaga portraying Mary Magdalene. Mary is a part of a motorcycle gang which is led by Jesus. Actor Rick Gonzalez plays Jesus in this very sexual Gaga-style video.
The music single was released during the Easter holidays—Holy Week. Many Catholics felt the video was made just to show the Christian religions. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said, “This is a stunt… 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.” Gaga and the creative video director, Lauriann Gibson stated that measures were taken to avoid offending anyone with the outlandish artist’s new music video. Gibson said, “It went through several changes and late-night debates because at one point, there were two completely different views and I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me! I believe in the gospel and I’m not going there.’ We don’t touch on things that we have no right touching upon, but the inspiration and the soul and idea that out of your oppression, your darkness, your Judas, you can come into the marvelous light. So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up. We’ve created a new Jerusalem”
The Catholic League organization finds the video more of a confusing, incoherent stunt than offensive. Spokesperson Bill Donohue, said, “In her ‘Judas’ video, Lady Gaga plays fast and loose with Catholic iconography, and generates several untoward statements, but she typically dances on the line without going over it. The faux-baptismal scene is a curious inclusion, as is her apparent fondness for the Jesus character. But if anyone thinks the Catholic League is going to go ballistic over Lady Gaga’s latest contribution, they haven’t a clue about what really constitutes anti-Catholicism.”