Lady GaGa Talks 'Judas' and Controversial Biblical Imagery in Its Music Video
Lady GaGa breaks her silence regarding the controversies surrounding her new single "Judas" and its potentially-offensive music video. In an interview with MSN Entertainment, she defended the song, saying that it's not supposed to be blasphemous, but rather be a "metaphor for forgiveness" and "celebration of faith."
She said, "Someone once said to me, 'If you have no shadows then you're not standing in the light.' So the song is about washing the feet of both good and evil and understanding and forgiving the demons from your past in order to move into the greatness of your future. I just like really aggressive metaphors -- harder, thicker, darker -- and my fans do as well."
On how the metaphor will be visualized in the music video, GaGa gushed, "The video, in essence, suggests that [pauses] forgiveness and betrayal are hand in hand and that... how do I say this? The video puts destiny above all things and postures that the mistakes in your life are in fact not mistakes at all, they are just part of your overarching potential and your destiny."
"I want to allow the video to speak for itself but I will say that the theme of the video and the way that I wanted to aesthetically portray the story was as a motorcycle Fellini movie where the apostles are revolutionaries in a modern-day Jerusalem."
Talking further about her role in the video, the Mother Monster stated, "And I play Mary Magdalene leading them into the town where we meet Jesus and I will leave the rest for you to see. But it's meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it." While Mary is portrayed by her, Judas will be played by Norman Reedus.
GaGa is going to premiere the music video on "American Idol" on "the week of May 2." Prior to the video premiere, Little Monsters can catch her "Judas" performance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, April 28.
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