RELIGIOUS imagery in Lady Gaga’s racy new Alejandro video has infuriated Bill Donohue, of the Catholic League in the US, who bashed out a press release slamming the promo.
Lady Gaga is playing Madonna copy cat, squirming around half-naked with half-naked guys, abusing Catholic symbols – they’re always Catholic symbols – while bleating out Alejandro enough times to induce vomit… She has now become the new poster girl for American decadence and Catholic bashing, sans the looks and talent of her role model.
The promo, which Gaga has called “a celebration and an admiration of gay love”, sees the saucy singer in her underwear writhing on a bed with semi-naked male dancers in a bondage-style scene. The video also shows Gaga dressed in a latex nuns’ outfit, suggestively swallowing a set of rosary beads, and appears to include references to Madonna’s famous videos for Like A Prayer and Vogue.
But according to this report Gaga has hit back, insisting she won’t let the negative comments upset her – and the video’s director Steven Klein has also spoken out following negative reaction to the footage. He’s adamant Gaga did not intend to portray the Catholic Church in a negative light.
He tells MTV.com:
The religious symbolism is not meant to denote anything negative, but represents the character’s battle between the dark forces of this world and the spiritual salvation of the soul. Thus at the end of the film, she chooses to be a nun (and she swallows the rosary beads to represent) the desire to take in the holy.
Which rather supports P Z Myers, over at Pharyngula, who commented:
Donohue does have a point, I hate to say. I watched the whole thing, with its muscular young men gyrating in jackboots and tight shorts and nothing else, the weird headgear, the sadomasochistic imagery, the black leather uniforms, the flaming homoeroticism, and I was thinking, yeah, all that does remind me of Catholicism.
I didn’t think it was Catholic bashing, though. I thought it was a recruiting video.