Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 05/06/2011

‘Mary Magdalene’ stars in Lady Gaga’s ‘Judas’ (Video)


Lady Gaga channels Madonna. Again. (Peter Kramer/AP - AP)

Jesus rides a motorcycle. Mary Magdelene is caught in a love triangle between Judas and the son of God. Mary Magdelene favors crucifix bras.

It’s the catechism according to Lady Gaga in her “Judas” video.

Predictably, some Catholics are not too pleased. When the lyrics were released in April, Bill Donahue, the president of The Catholic League told the Hollywood Reporter, “She is trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances. Another ex-Catholic whose head is turned around... Is this the only way to jet up her performance?”

Phil Fox Rose of the blog Busted Halo, however, finds that she is rather a fascinating example of someone struggling to understand her flawed religious belief. Lady Gaga is “sincerely trying to express something, to externalize her struggles through the imagery,” he writes.

I’m not sure I agree with either of them. It seems less a struggle with imagery, so much as a fantastic job of reinterpreting Madonna’s career trajectory, (right now, she’s at the ex-Catholic school girl stage). However, contrary to Donahue’s complaint, the video is anything but boring:

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