Lady Gaga’s new single sparks controversy (shocker!)
Some douche who must not be named, the President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, is flapping his yap about “Judas,” Lady Gaga’s new single. “This is a stunt…I find Gaga to be increasingly irrelevant,” he states, among allegations of blasphemy and other things.
Whenever people call something blasphemous or claim it sounds like a Madonna rip-off (same difference?) two things happen: sales increase (duh!) and I have to examine the subject of the ire so as to not make a snap judgement, as this douche has done.
So, “Just the facts, ma’am.” But facts are difficult to procure when you are talking about art. An artist puts out a song and it may mean different things to everyone. People read their own experiences into it. At some point the artist may or may not clarify their intent, but that still does not prevent people from hearing what they want to hear.
“I wanna love you – but something’s pulling me away from you – Jesus is my virtue – Judas is the demon I cling to.”
Is this what has people all up in arms – the basic struggle within oneself between virtue and temptation? Gaga is not singing this from the perspective of Jesus. She’s not saying Jesus is in love with Judas. She’s not saying she’ll take Jesus down. This is one Catholic woman’s interpretation of her own struggles. If you fear that, if reading your own truth into it scares you to the point you have to bash her, then perhaps a review of your own faith is in order.
Maybe the objection is she seems to be leaning more towards Judas than Jesus in her struggle? Haven’t we all been there at times?
This song is an analogy – probably not as perfect an analogy as she thought (Judas didn’t betray anyone three times; Peter did.) It’s essentially the same age-old Jesus vs. the devil, “my good side vs. my bad side” idea, except she used Judas as the representative of evil or temptation rather than the typical Satan. Points for being different!
Now, the chorus may be a little too upbeat and bouncy for my taste: “I’m just a Holy fool – oh baby he’s so cruel – but I’m still in love with Judas, baby.” It sounds like it could be a number from “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway, with a bunch of nuns and priests waving their jazz-hands to the beat. Eh, I’m sure I’ll get used to it. I got used to “Alejandro.” (omg the Skrillex remix was amazing.)
One thing you cannot deny about Gaga is her talent. You may or may not like her music, but when someone can write, play, sing, and reinterpret live on the spot, you hurt your own credibility when you say things like, “She is trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances” (as the douche went on to say.) Seriously? Talentless, mundane and boring? If you have a valid critique on religious or other grounds, then by all means spell it out. But if all you can do is lash out and make things up like a fourth grader on the playground – you’ve already lost. Big time.
“Judas” is an OK song. It’s something of a return to form after “Born This Way.” If you want to hear an explanation from her own mouth, there is a video interview on Youtube on “The Skorpio Show” from a few weeks before the controversy ignited, where she explains what the song means to her. I’ll take the word of the writer vs. that of some douche. My guess is he is the one who is “increasingly irrelevant.”
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