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Catholic League On Gaga's 'Judas': 'If She Had More Talent, We'd Be More Offended'

Fri, April 8, 2011 2:48pm EDT by 25 Comments

Lady Gaga plays Mary Magdalene in her new ‘Judas’ video — and the president of the Catholic League tells she is ‘talentless’ and ‘irrelevant’!

Lady Gaga‘s “Judas” premieres next week with the singer in the role of play Mary Magdalene — the latest of  her controversial and what some call “blasphemous” antics. Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, spoke exclusively to about Gaga’s focus on Judas and Mary Magdalene. “This is a stunt,” he says. “People have real talent, and then there is Lady Gaga.”

The league has strong opinions on the singer: “Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general: she dresses as a nun, she gets raped, she swallows the rosary. She has now morphed into a caricature of herself. She is falling short. She wants to shock, does she actually believe her own BS?”

And the Catholic League President is unimpressed by Gaga’s newest video, which features Norman Reedus as Judas. In the Bible, Judas is one of the twelve apostles who ends up betraying Jesus to the chief priests and ultimately results in the death of Jesus. Mary Magdalene is the first person who sees Jesus after he rises from the dead. In some depictions of Mary Magdalene she is portrayed as a prostitute.

“I find Gaga to be increasingly irrelevant. She thinks she is going to be groundbreaking. She is trying to ripoff Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances. Another ex-Catholic whose head is turned around. This is a stunt. People have real talent, and then there is Lady Gaga. Is this the only way to jet up her performance? This isn’t random, we are getting closer to Holy Week and Easter.”

So is the Catholic League upset that Gaga will play Mary Magdalene? “Maybe if she had more talent we’d be more offended. She has gone to the well too many times,” Bill said.


Laurieann Gibson, Gaga’s creative director and co-director of the video, says viewers should withhold judgment until they see “Judas.”

“I will tell you now, first off, I’m Christian, and my career is evidence of God in my life, and I think that most people are already thinking that Gaga and the blasphemy and they’re premeditating the approach and I think they’ll be very shocked to find out how huge and really groundbreaking the message is and how freeing the message is for all the right reasons,” she told MTV. “And it’s really going to shock the world.”

Gaga is often a polarizing figure, people either love her or hate her. What do you think of Gaga as Mary Magdalene? Does it offend you or do you think she is a creative genius? Do you want to wait until you see the video? Sound off below!

Lorena O’Neil with reporting by Jessica Finn