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  • Lady Gaga's 'Judas' video is 'a mess,' Catholics say

    Following weeks of anticipation over her controversial single “Judas,” Lady Gaga released the video Thursday.

    In the video, which leaked a few hours premature of its intended premiere, Gaga plays Mary Magdalene in a motorcycle gang of apostles led by Jesus, played by “Old School” actor Rick Gonzalez.

    With their names emblazoned on the backs of bejeweled leather jackets, the apostle gang heads to a dance party at “Electric Chapel,” where it’s apparent that Judas, played by actor Norman Reedus, is ready for trouble.

    The video is true to Gaga form, in highly sexualized scenes, including Gaga writhing around in a bathtub with Judas and Jesus while she washes their feet.

    After the single was released during Holy Week, Catholic League spokesman Bill Donohue slammed Gaga for the song.

    “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,” Donohue said.

    But apparently the Catholic League didn’t find the video as offensive as expected.

    “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,” they said in a statement. “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.”

    The video concludes with Gaga as Magdalene being stoned in a white dress.

    According to Gaga’s creative director Laurieann Gibson, the production team took pains not to offend anyone in the video.

    “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,” she said. “So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up. We’ve created a new Jerusalem”

    Donohue saw the final product as something different.

    “The video is a mess,” he said. “Incoherent, it leaves the viewer more perplexed than moved.”

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