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Lady Gaga's "Judas" Upsets Catholic League

Is Lady Gaga's New Single "Judas" Worth the Controversy?

Lady Gaga's latest song, "Judas," dropped last Friday, on time for Holy Week. In the song, Gaga declares her love for Judas, and in the upcoming video expect to see her decked out as Mary Magdalene.

The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has already condemned the song, and Lady Gaga's talent in general, saying: "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 . . . She is trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane, and boring performances."

Lady Gaga seemed to use her Catholic-school background for the track, drawing "Judas" lyrics from her own eccentric interpretation of the Bible. "When he comes to me, I am ready. I'll wash his feet with my hair if he needs," goes one verse. "Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain. Even after three times, he betrays me. I'll bring him down, a king with no crown."

After Madonna's "Like a Prayer" upset the Catholic Church way back in 1989, it's easy to consider the reaction to, and perhaps the existence of, Lady Gaga's new track "Judas" as predictable. Do you think Gaga's religion-infused song is worthy of controversy, or is it just an expected pop-music gimmick?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
so when it's Christians who are upset, they're "leaping at getting offended." but when someone makes a racial slur or says something cruel about a homosexual, that person is an intolerant asshole. neither is ok, and it's hypocritical and crap that so many of you don't think so...
myhousemd myhousemd 5 years
I read the lyrics, and I agree that Judas is a metaphor in the song. She also admits that Judas is a dark influence in her life, and that Jesus is her "virtue". Too many Christians leap at the opportunity to get offended. Maybe they think it's the only way they'll get heard, but it casts such a negative light. The song in general isn't worth it. It is the same as all her other hits. Same sound, same repeating of her own name. It's boring at this point. If she'd go back to her roots, before she got famous, I would start listening to her again.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I can think of a zillion things in this world more controversial than Lady Gaga. Sheesh. Anyone who finds a popstar controversial must lead a very dull life.
Sandle Sandle 5 years
Ugh, so sick of gaga altogether.
lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
first of all, I think it's extremely rude and offensive that people are on here saying Christians shouldn't have a problem with being mocked - I guess then that anything that makes fun of gays, Muslims, Jews, African-Americas, or any other group who has ever been (and still is) the victim of prejudice should let it go when someone makes fun of them. Somehow, there is never equal opportunity; if it's not one group having the upper hand; it's another. Lady Gaga is an idiot; she preys on the controversial and outrageous to cover up the fact that she has no real talent. I admit her songs are catchy, but it bothers me that it has become not only acceptable but "daring" (as if that's a good thing) to be disrespectful of a religion (or anything; a race, a way of life, whatever) in order to sell your product (I'm looking at you Dan Brown). We all need to treat each other with respect, no matter whether or not we agree with each other...
MeiGaku MeiGaku 5 years
i love this song and any christian needs to realize that without judas, there's not crucifixion--and if there wasn't a crucifixion, there would've been no resurrection and no christianity as we know it. plus, she really just means that she's attracted to evil and sinning. my catholic friends think people are taking this way out of proportion. O.o
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
It's just a gimmick like everything else she does... as long as people are talking, her camp is happy!
Pistil Pistil 5 years
Lady Gaga tries to shock everyone. This isn't a genuine stab at any religion, she's just chosen a biblical figure to represent whatever because there's no way around that when you're that fresh and edgy. And I've only just learned that Lady Gaga is part of the Illuminati. If only there was that much depth and meaning behind pop music to warrant the controversy.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Personally, I just listened to it and it's not even a good song.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
well, she's clearly using Judas as a metaphor, and she also clearly chose this metaphor to get attention from religious groups and be "edgy," and also clearly the catholic league has bigger problems than lady gaga. Her schtick is getting really tired. Maybe time for a madonna-style reinvention.
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