Lady Gaga not so different from Judas

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The controversial song “Judas[1]” by none other than Lady Gaga has provoked audiences to react everywhere, among them prestigious Catholic groups. The video is directed by Gaga herself and Laurieann Gibson. It has characters like Jesus; Mary Magdalene played by Gaga and Judas played by Normas Reedus. Gaga uses the biblical story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas to metaphorically represent and intensify the regret, deception and pain associated with falling in love with the wrong person.

Catholic groups worldwide feel that Gaga is against their beliefs and that she is on a mission to provoke anger. As these groups stated, they believe Gaga is “Another ex-Catholic whose head is turned around,” [2] who uses religion as her only way to advance in her career. What caused more fury among these Catholic individuals was the video’s release on April 15th, and its proximity to Holy Week.

Once released, the video was clearly misunderstood by many. Gibson explained in an interview that during the process of making the video there were many different opinions. The confusion on what it should look like proved that it was powerful enough to stir up controversy behind the scenes[3].

Clarifying the controversy in interviews, Gaga has said that she intended the video to be “a metaphor and an analogy about forgiveness and betrayal.”[4] She sings: “Jesus is my virtue and Judas is the demon I cling to.”[5] Gaga leaves with Jesus, which symbolizes that she chooses all the positive things in life instead of Judas, who represents her haunting past. She modernized the biblical story on a connotative level with the concept “that the mistakes in your life are in fact not mistakes at all,”[6] only part of the plan that allows us to reach our destiny. While her critics think more like Saussure, analytical and literally, Lady Gaga proved Bakhtin’s theory. The meaning of a message is between the speaker and the listener. Her presence, intention, and manner in which she chose to bring her own realization to life created a revolution among us about our faith in religion.

 

 

 

Estefania Wujkiw

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