Okay, it had to happen. The video for Judas premiered today so I had to post it. What kind of little monster would I be if I overlooked it?! Worry not; my claws are up. Despite my Gaga fan-dom, the video for Judas stumps me a bit.
Opening up with a motorcycle gang reminiscent of Hell’s Angels, a cross-bearing Gaga shares a bike with the leader of the pack, who happens to be sporting a crown of thorns. Religious reference count: 2. The next scene features a neon sign reading “electric chapel.” New tally: 3.
“I’m just a holy fool, oh, baby he’s so cruel, but I’m still in love with Judas, baby.”
I’m not claiming to be a lyric interpreter, but the overall religious theme is clear as soon as you hear the name of the song. The video, however, showcases Gaga clinging to Judas while claiming, “Jesus is my virtue.” Mother monster, stop messing with my mind!
The largest tie in that comes to mind for me is Gaga’s stance on homosexuality. She shows her enthusiastic support for the LGBT community, while many religious organizations stand against it. A quick Google search taught me that Lady Gaga was raised in the Roman Catholic church. Perhaps this song is trying to say that while many people view the LGBT community to be the “Judas” of how the world is “supposed to be,” a betrayal to what is written in the Bible and expected of us, she still supports it, all while keeping Jesus as her virtue. Meaning, it’s possible to be an extremely religious individual, an apostle even (as Judas was), and still be struck with betrayal.
OR she’ll surprise us all and pop out of an egg-like device again with some crazy explanation. Something tells me the latter is probably correct. Regardless of the deeper meaning, Judas is an artful and current take on the Biblical story of Judas.
In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas kiss me if offenced,
Or wear an ear condom next time
I wanna love you,
But something’s pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue,
And Judas is the demon I cling to
What are your thoughts on the song and video?