Lady Gaga’s new album has been banned in Lebanon, in the same week that she accepted an invitation to perform at Euro Pride in Rome.
The pop star’s Born This Way album has been deemed “offensive to Christianity” and in “bad taste” by Lebanese authorities because of its religious references.
The album, which sold more than a million copies in its first week of release in the US, has been barred from being sold in Lebanese stores.
Gaga’s single Judas was previously banned from being played on radio stations in Lebanon.
On Monday, it was also reported that Gaga, who is of Italian-American heritage, will perform at the closing ceremony of Euro Pride in Rome on the 11th of June.
Her performance has been backed by the US Ambassador to Italy, David Thorne.
“Lady Gaga is an active promoter of the LGTB community; a community we foster,” said Thorne.
“As previously underscored by Secretary Clinton, gay and human rights are one and the same. I am proud that an Italian-American artist is coming to Rome.”