It seems that most of Lady Gaga’s inventions these days stir up controversy, even if she didn’t mean to do it. Her latest music video ‘Judas’ has a lot of biblical content, and there is every chance that religious enthusiasts may start debating the lyrics’ intended meaning in the near future, but the singer herself maintains that it is not an anti-religion video and she never meant to hurt religious groups.
Soon after its highly anticipated release, Gaga explained, “[Judas] is not meant to be an attack on religion. I respect and love everyone’s beliefs.” During the video’s promotion campaign, she tried to clarify on multiple occasions that her song is not an attack on any religion. Instead, she suggested that “it’s meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it.”
So naturally, when the video’s co-director Laurieann Gibson was interviewed by MTV News, her comments were almost identical to the ones passed by the Mother Monster so many times now.
Gibson addressed the religious groups and said that in her opinion, there is nothing religious in the video at all. “I’m like, you know, Jesus did have a crown of thorns, he did die for my sins. I’m a believer, so I say to them, those religious people, personally, I can’t speak for Gaga, but as a director, a choreographer, as a believer, I say, ‘Take a look at yourself,’” she explained. The choreographer, who turned co-director for Gaga’s benefit, further said that she would never defame her savior and therefore those questioning the intentions of ‘Judas’ video should question themselves.
Many have the question in the back of their minds that, why did the duo go for a theme that was bound to generate criticism and negative headlines? To that, Gibson replied, “The discussions were massive, the concepts were many prior to landing on a place. They were just exciting, full of passion. It was a magical process and we’re really proud of where we ended up.”
She said that they eventually chose this concept because it allowed them to force the audience into a state where they had to find their own meaning of the visuals. At the same time, it also enabled Gaga to showcase her trademark powerful performance.
“And to leave the moments for you to interpret, and be inspired by the fact that everyone has a Judas in their life and there is a place of deliverance,” she concluded.Lady Gaga controversy