After much hype and controversy the video to Lady Gaga’s biblically-inspired new song, Judas, has been unveiled on the internet.
The five and half minute clip – co-directed by Gaga and choreographer Laurianne Gibson – will probably disappoint those hoping for overtly controversial or blasphemous images.
The video is fairly tame, depicting Gaga as Mary Magdalene among a band of modern-day bikers who represent Jesus and his disciples. There are also the expected dance sequences and always-intriguing Gaga outfits.
Nevertheless, the video, like the song, is expected to incur the wrath of religious fundamentalist.
“I don’t view the video as a religious statement. I view it as social statement. I view it as a cultural statement,” Gaga told E! News’ Giuliana Rancic in an interview.
“It’s a metaphor. It’s not meant to be a biblical lesson,” she said.
Even before the video’s debut, the song alone generated controversy and thousands of complaints from radio station listeners in South Africa.
94.7 Highveld Stereo DJ Pilgrim recently told Channel24 that “if the negative feedback increases, I would not want to keep playing the song”. He later confirmed that it would no longer be played on his show because of complaints.
Another 94.7 DJ, Paul Rotherham, wrote on Facebook: “I have trouble understanding how the new Lady Gaga lyrics can NOT be interpreted as offensive. If it were my choice, I would refuse to play it”.
Watch the Judas video below and tell us what you think: blasphemous, brilliant or boring?