Penis boots and religious icons, A Lady Gaga experience

By Krystal Mcgee |Staff Writer|

Lady Gaga’s attention-grabbing antics have reached new heights with the release of her new video and a guest spot on “American Idol.”
On May 11, Gaga appeared on “American Idol” as a mentor to the singers. Her choice in wardrobe was immediately noticed and hit every gossip column and news feed almost instantly.

The heels of Gaga’s towering boots were shaped like penises. The wardrobe choice was so shocking, producers plastered an “American Idol” logo over the sexually explicit boots.

That same night Lady Gaga awkwardly attempted to talk to Scotty McCreery, the innocent and down-home country boy, about sex. Gaga urged Scotty to move closer to the microphone during his performance.

“That [microphone] is your girlfriend,” said Gaga, “And if you don’t stick your tongue down her throat she’s gonna leave you. Make love to that mic!”

Lady Gaga’s appearance on “American Idol” isn’t the only thing that’s keeping her in the headlines these days. Her latest video for the song “Judas” has gained the kind of controversy only Lady Gaga is capable of.

The video is filled with biblical imagery that has sparked lots of healthy debate, with many conservative and religious institutions condemning the video.

Gaga says she is not trying to anger any religious groups.

“[The song] is not meant to be an attack on religion,” claimed Gaga, “I respect and love everyone’s beliefs.”

She expressed similar sentiments several times leading up to the premiere of “Judas,” declaring that “it’s meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it.”

The video features Gaga riding on a motorcycle with Jesus, who happens to have a crown of thorns on his head, and the twelve disciples riding along side. It also shows Judas betraying Jesus and giving him a holy kiss with distinct lyrics from Gaga, “Jesus is my virtue and Judas is the demon I cling to.”

Lady Gaga plays Mary Magdalene in the video, and washes Jesus’ feet with her hair.

Gaga may believe her video does not attack religious groups, but several organizations think otherwise.

“People have real talent, and then there is Lady Gaga,” said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, “I find Gaga to be increasingly irrelevant. Is this the only way to jet up her performance? This isn’t random, we are getting closer to Holy Week and Easter.”

Catholics aren’t the only group that do not support Gaga. ‘Gays Against Gaga’ is a lesser known group that seems to have a bone to pick with the diva.

“Because some of us queers can see through the marketing machine,” reasons the group in its manifesto, “Because some of us aspire to create our own culture, not just settle for being a target market, because we stand in solidarity against racial and economic injustice.”

Lady Gaga might turn heads and upset a few people with her career choices, but there is no doubt she is, and will continue to be, one of the biggest pop divas of our generation.

 

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