Controversial pop star Lady Gaga new single “Judas” has drawn the ire of the Catholic community over the songs lyrics.
In the song “Judas” which was leaked online earlier this week, Gaga proclaims she is “in love with Judas.”
Judas, includes lyrics such as: “I want to love you/but something’s pulling me away from you/Jesus is my virtue, and Judas is the demon I cling to/ I’m just a holy fool/ oh baby he’s so cruel/ but I’m still in love with Judas, baby.”
The lyrics about the apostle who betrayed Jesus have already angered the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
“This is a stunt. People have real talent, and then there is Lady Gaga,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue told HollywoodLife.
“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.”
“She is trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances. Maybe if she had more talent we’d be more offended. She has gone to the well too many times,” he scoffed about the Grammy-winner.
According to reports, Lady Gaga was raised in the Catholic faith and even attended Manhattan’s Convent of the Sacred Heart as a teen.
Lady Gaga’s creative director, Laurieann Gibson, told The Hollywood Reporter she came close to walking away from co-directing the music video, however made sure the final product would not offend others.
“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,’” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
“And it was amazing because to have that conversation about salvation, peace and the search for the truth in a room of non-believers and believers, to me, that was saying God is active in a big way. And the place that it came to is surreal.”
“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. So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up … We’ve created a new Jerusalem.”
In the buzzed-about song, and forthcoming music video, Gaga portrays Mary Magdalene and actor Norman Reedus stars as Judas.