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Director Steven Klein Reveals More About GaGa's Alejandro Video

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Since the release of Lady GaGa's new music video for Alejandro, it has been causing quite a bit of controversy - mostly due to the religious imagery and homosexual overtones!

Director of the video, Steven Klein, offers his explanation on the vid's meaning:

"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 the reason her mouth and eyes disappear is because she is withdrawing her senses from the world of evil and going inward towards prayer and contemplation."

He also addresses the scene where Gagaloo puts the rosary in her mouth saying it represents "the desire to take in the holy."



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131 comments to “Director Steven Klein Reveals More About GaGa's Alejandro Video”

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  1. 1

    Here's a revelation about the video: it was fucking terrible. Worst. Video. Ever.

  2. 2

    BULLSHIT..it was done because they knew it would get PRESS

  3. 3

    what the fuck does the video have to do with the song? i love gaga, but to me it seems as if there is a big link missing.

  4. 4

    This is soooooo Madonna. Boring.

  5. 5

    That actually makes sense. I'm Catholic and I was not offended by the video. The video is definitely super odd but not offensive.

  6. 6

    Thoughts??? She's fucked, and should be carted away in a straight jacket.

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  8. 8

    I thought it represented early Madonna.

  9. 9

    Making up excuses of last moment. Predictable. And what he says is just whatever.

  10. 10

    I dont think thats true…… that video was pure evil….. love the song tho

  11. 11

    Afraid I'll have to say BS to his well thought out reply…I don't believe either of them thought copying something that Madonna did so successfully would back fire as it has. She probably should have left pushing it this direction alone. And he is now basically a hack with no more originality left.

  12. 12

    Your like a stalker now, really Mario go see a shrink you have problems. btw the video sucked and shes should se a shrink too girl thinks she's Madonna…why i dont know im just waiting till the day she adopts a black kid…

  13. 13

    AWESOME video! :) People need to chillll the eff out! PS: Katy Perry is yucky and getting fat

  14. 14

    Wow, she's gone from artistic to trying too hard. That's just a shot in the dark… I"m an art student and I think it's a far reach.

  15. 15

    This girl is overrated. She is TRYING to be controversial and its just plain lame. I don't even want to see the video. It's predictable.

    No clothes, homoeroticism, sex, catholicism. It's all been done before. Not shocking. Just played out.

  16. 16

    All I can say is that is a very fucked up, distorted way of expression, more like an acid trip. Though in todays time acid is nothing compared to the Ice ppl get in LA. If she wants to take on the holy, she can pray…..

  17. 17

    "Inneresting!" what the fuck does that mean? use spell check much?

  18. 18

    Now that i understand the video it was great

  19. 19

    BULLSHIT … sorry, got some of the BS he's blowing at me stuck in my throat. How long did it take to think up that load of shit? His writers should work on TV, they can do fiction like nobody else!

  20. Dale says – reply to this


    what a load of bullshit!

  21. 21

    Somehow I don't think this explaination will satiate her critics! Having said that, I'm not one of them, I thought it was very good!

  22. 22

    So much philosophy for a video that isn't even clever or articulate enough to REPRESENT what these two "artists" SAY it's about. Please. It's a bad attempt at innovation and it might succeed if Madonna wasn't still such a bright supernova.

  23. 23

    For anyone who was offended by that piece of shit video, Just kill yourself now cuz that was all a load of bologna! I haven't even watched the damn video and I'm sure it's a snoozefest! She's trying to be all shocking and it comes off as stupid and only all the sheep will be shocked not people who can think for themselves and can see right through her bullshit! Talentless twat!!!

  24. 24

    Re: heatherrr – This isn't her only video that had nothing to do with the song.

  25. 25

    1 word : EPIC!!!!!!

  26. 26

    desire to take in the holy? I dont think so. Lady Gaga is a devil worshipper and is part of "the illuminati".

  27. 27

    video sucked. totally agree w/ TEDDY JEWELL*

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  29. imq44 says – reply to this


    Didn't Madonna already do this like 20 years ago?? Just saying..

  30. PatT says – reply to this


    I'm Catholic, it didn't offend me…..I just thought it took way to long to get going, and I thought it was actually awful.

  31. 31

    what a joke

  32. 32

    Fascinating. Except not. It hasn't caused controversy, despite numerous desperate attempts, Lady Gaga has never actually come close to causing the controversy her contemporaries and peers have. People think this video sucks mainly because it's stupid and unoriginal.

  33. 33

    It's art, symbolism, blah blah blah… They need to make controversial videos nowadays to get attention.

    I am Catholic, and although I am open-minded, I wish they did not have her swallow the rosary - now that's just disrespectful!

  34. LadyM says – reply to this


    I don't find the video offensive…I just don't find it very interesting and I love Gaga……what I do find is it is very very Madonna and so is the song….The video is full of Madonna imagery from the religious stuff to voguing to the bare back shot, the latex…..the whole thing….and the song itself is very Madonna ….has kinda a La Isla Bonita feel… I just don't find any of it very fresh….or find that it suits the song…..sorry its a miss for me…..
    But I don't think its worth all the fuss….the religious stuff is pretty mild….

  35. 35

    wow that sounds like a great explanation! IF IT MADE SENSE! PS: I don't know any nuns that wear inverted crucifixes over their vagina. How is that NOT meant to be offensive? I will say it again, if this was a video of her wearing a burka, and eating pieces of the Koran, she would be in a shit storm, because this kinda of use of sacred religious icons IS offensive!!

  36. 36

    Re: LauraQ – really? did you miss the bit about her inverted crucifix over her vagina?

  37. 37

    Madonna did it first and Madonna did it much much better when she did Like A Prayer. THis shit Gagme did sucks

  38. 38

    Thoughts? LOL I think both of them are full of self-important, narcissistic bullshit and over-inflated ego. I've never been a Gaga hater but she has been going a bit overboard the last year.
    Bring back the Gaga of Just Dance and Pokerface. I don't know who this Gaga is. The woman I see now is just an attention whore. Just my opinion.

  39. 7tizz says – reply to this


    Just another of her overly produced videos for a terrible cheeky pop song (also see Telephone). It doesn't even match. She's trying to hard and it's coming off too desperate. This kind of production for an almost rip off of a 17 year old Ace Of Base song? I'm bored…

  40. 40

    When an artist has to explain their art to the public then they have failed. Good art speaks to the individual uniquely.

  41. 41

    To be fair, TOTAL madonna rip off, i loved her last video's so bit disappointed!!

  42. 42

    I feel like she gets way too deep for her videos, if i were to watch this video on mute and then afterwards hear the song for the first time i would be very confused. And I think perez is addicted to posting stuff about lady gaga, it never stops, I get she is the new "it" girl to the younger generation but it feels like everyday is him posting something praising her, and bashing every other pop artists who is the music business who is not a hot guy

  43. 43

    It's a bit too deep of a meaning for a music video, no? I am having a hard time understanding what the video has to do with the song, though. I still think the shots are beauitful and its artistic, but it doesn't seem like it fits with the song.

  44. 44

    Re: rvca86 – I agree. Perez has definitely OD'ed on the Koolaid.

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  46. 46

    more pretentious poo poo ca ca.

  47. 47

    yeah sure, ok Stephen, whatever you say. here's what I say: it's a TERRIBLE song and a crappy video!

  48. 48

    good god IT'S A MUSIC VIDEO!!!

    the only person capable to pull off a video like this is michael jackson
    have to ask….was he involved in the making?

  49. 49

    or she was just trying to go as far as she could go

    and she basically can go as far as she wants (a religious porno) in the name of "art" and "fashion"

  50. 50

    Waaay to deeep, trying to hard. I would have preferred something sexy, fun, latino themed. Gave me a headache. With all the drama going on in today's real life world I just want some fun. I prefer to go to Candyland !

  51. 51

    This video felt like 5 vintage madonna videos rolled into one. Nothing new. Nothing spectacular. Very weak imo.

  52. SMack says – reply to this


    i'm tired of this illuminati, free mason, devil worship bullshit.. they don't even try to hide it in any of the mtv videos anymore..

  53. 53

    mhm sure.

  54. 54

    The video symbolises Gaga's inner desperation for publicity. It also depicts her spiritual quest towards being famous.
    Controversial my arse.

  55. 55

    For fuck sakes… enough about this SKANK.
    I want to know what coulor toilet paper she uses. Please Perez, do tell.
    Not that I care but Perez is single-handedly ruining her fan base. Which by the way is made up of gays and girls that still use colouring books.
    This site used to be ok, now its all Perez self whoring, CaCa and gay stuff.
    Pretty soon it will be time for donkey face to find a new career.

  56. 56

    All the people hating on this video and Lady Gaga…? Complete dumbasses. She's brilliant and you know it. Oh, and this did not look ANYTHING like a Madonna video. xD You guys crack me up! Why do you continually revisit the Lady Gaga posts if you hate her? Oh I know! Because you are dumbasses!!

  57. 57

    if you have to explain your work then it's a major FAIL.

  58. 58

    As a popstar who has made mediocre music where she could have showcased her real talent, i dont think her musical achievements have given her the liscense to take such risks.

  59. 59

    That makes no fucking sense! There's no way we could've gotten that! What college did they go to? Seriously. I just so happen to study the arts in college and based on what I've learned, they didn't mean what he just said. It would've been more apparent if that's what he meant. Stupid!

  60. hebe says – reply to this


    yawn.. it sucks. get over it

  61. 61

    The reason I don't like this video is because it looks like porn and I couldn't imagine watching this when I was 13 and trying to look up to Gaga as an icon. I think even though she tries to make it about the music it obviously isn't. The music is shitty pop music and she is glamourizing sex. I can't believe they release this stuff I would never want my kids to see this. She just comes off as a huge SLUT and SLUTS are not glamourous!

  62. 62

    apparently it is ok for Gaga to copy Madonna's Express Yourself and Like A Prayer videos and mash them up for Alejandro but it's bad if any other celebrity does it….yawn.

  63. 63

    Glad he took the time to clear that up, because I just wasn't getting it. Although, I still feel that they went overboard with all the unnecessary sexual references. It was uncomfortable to watch, even for me.

  64. 64

    I see what he means and in a general sense I get that but she didn't have to act like a whore in her video. I mean I feel sorry for her. No way she's proud of that.

  65. 65

    SAD coz Lady gaga did have such a good thing going for her. She's ruining it. Either her for her ppl. Trying to push this shock value religious shit. Alejandro is supposed to be a fucking SUMMER anthem it coulda easliy been full of color (COLOR IS ART TOO BET YALL FORGOT THAT WITH ALL THESE DARK VIDEOS) and coulda been a fun video BUT NOOO lets try to be artistic to make ppl talk about me all day all night. Fuck the industry I love REAL ART and REAL music. Lady gaga was so cool at first. She truly needs to either get a reality check to find herself and her vision again or say bye bye to hollywood for a couple months to watch her videos over and over and see shes making fool of herself.

  66. 66

    Re: LadyGagaSucksBalls – I get such a kick out of seeing haters, like yourself, dedicate their time to hating on success. It must make you feel good, right? But wait! Aren't you the one who just called Perez out for being a hater towards Christina?? LOL. Another classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

  67. 67

    I love Lady Gaga, but I did not like this video. I wish she would go back to making videos like Bad Romance and Paparazzi. The song is amazing though. All of her songs are.

  68. 68

    hmm I thought the video would have more mexcians in it and be more spanish like. lol.

  69. 69

    Re: _nin3te3n86_ – After reading your ignorance filled comment, I think it's fair to say that you wouldn't know what talent is if it slapped you in the face.

  70. 70

    Gaga is the new Queen.

  71. 71

    So its interesting how may people have such a negative opinion about this video. As far as Klein's response it makes sense to me. (I guess I'm the only one) I like to watch Gaga's videos just to see the underlying message. So I go into it knowing that there is going to be something more, something below the superficial surface which, most of my fellow commentors, are obviously unable to see past. Ok so yea the video has a strong Madonna influence. Clearly it was done on purpose. Gaga has already been compared to Madonna, ad so what? I beleive that she is this generations "Madonna". Trust me I love Madge and yes she is and forever will be an icon, that doesnt mean that fellow and future artists aren't able to put together a piece to not only exemplify but pay homage to her. Get over it. Love the video, love the concept, can't wait until the next one.

  72. 72

    making a confroversial video for the sake of attention is one thing but remember she gets loads of money and paid for this shit. i mean the song has nothing to do with the video first of all. if ur going to make this video it should have been separate. i still love the song but the video is crap. its offensive not just because of the anti religious views but because shes naked in half of it, with nude undergarments getting tossed around by men like they are raping her in most of the scenes. thats what i found offensive. she wants to pretned shes this stong girl proud women, shes not this was a completely huge leap in the wrong direction and the fact that everyones going omggggg this is sooo awesome i love it makes me want to hit you all in the face with a 2×4 and say wake up naive world your all a bunch of morons!

  73. 73

    Take in the holy?? I thought she just wanted to blow Jesus!!

  74. 74

    Re: idevenn – First off, I'm not hating on success. I'm hating on a piece of shit video that wasted 9 minutes of my life. Secondly, I never said I wasn't a hater, but that was the first thing out of perez's mouth on the other vid I commented on. Am I a hater? Undoubtedly. I hate overwrought pseudo-art that is without substance. I hate little monsters (mindless sheep) who gobble up anything gaga does because it's "soooo original and artsy omg." And I hate people who are fake. Gaga is fake. Stephanie (sp?) Germanotta was real. Gimmicks aren't substance.

  75. 75

    Ok this video was…..strange, I love Lady Gaga, she is a musical genius, not one of the best..yet..she still has time! The video did scare me a little bit, but i think that is what you would expect from music artists especially the ones who do abit of everything and gaga is defo one of them! and she is far from being a GAGADONNA, madonna is gaga's idol,

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  77. 77

    The video sucked and yes I do have to agree with several people here stating it was a waste of my fucking 10 minutes that I will never get back! If you haven't seen it, then don't bother because its that lame. Alejandro is an old song already and after watching this video I doubt I will ever want to listen to it again.

  78. 78

    Oh poor Gaga!! She meant well (I think) and seems like a nice person. I just wish she would drop this "artistic", shocking crap cuz it's backfiring on her. The song is not that good and the video is beyond disgusting (just a over-rated, homosexual's, self-indugent fantasy). I felt filthy and hell-bound after watching it.

  79. 79

    sounds a bit right to me.

    Re: truth in life – i agree with that as well.
    she dresses crazy just for attention. it's not who she is. she does videos like this for attention. can't anybody see that???

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  81. 81

    I didn't like the video. It wasn't epic. It was boring. Madonna did it and did it better. I'm starting to dislike Gaga, she's changed a lot since she first came out. And you being associated with her makes me dislike her even more. I don't see anything that artistic about the video, just more shock value. I miss her good videos like Just Dance, Poker Face, Paparazzi, and Bad Romance. This is crap.

  82. 82

    nobody cares perez, is just another video trying to copy the queen of pop lady gagas originality last 3 seconds

  83. 83

    BS. Ok please Steven who is your dealer , I want some of that ! The video was GaGa's worst, I love GaGa, but it is bordering on desperation. She preaches about loving everyone, we get dark,violent, melodramatic, played out boring, done the same dance moves in the last 2 videos Alejandro. I loved Telephone, it proved that maybe she does laugh like a regular human. This video is so M. Manson + Madonna. The thing with Madonna, she was controversial, but made herself glamorous, intelligent, and presented artistic expression in a way that we could relate to without being on any substance, you are just advocating for the idea that if it is totally offensive and awkward, then it is art. BS.

    PS- Blasphemy is so 80's, it is 2010 you know.

  84. 84

    I like Gaga and I consider myself a fan. I don't go as crazy as some people do though and I am capable of objectivity. So… I think it sucked. I can't believe I'm saying this but I think it was extremely boring. It made no sense. I agree that when you have to explain a video as much as this one needs to be explained, it becomes pointless. She definitely was influenced by Madonna in a big way. Anyone who says otherwise is blind. When Madonna did Like a Prayer, it was amazing. This… not so much. And why can Gaga rip off Madonna but if anyone else does it (i.e. Christina Aguilera) PH wastes no time telling that person about themselves. It's getting a little redundant and her motives are getting more and more transparent. People are going to start getting bored. Like I said, I'm a fan and it was a major snooze-fest. Been there, done that. Bring back creative Gaga!

  85. 85

    Re: The Conquering Lion – Whatev! I hate it when people don't like something and someone with the opposite opinion insinuates that the only reason those people don't like it is because they're too stupid to understand it. Excuse me but I'm a very smart person. Trying to figure out the "underlying meaning" just becomes exhausting at a certain point. I'm over it. She's done it before. I just didn't like the video. It was BORING and UNORIGINAL. It has nothing to do with what I'm "obviously unable to see past." People like you need to get over themselves.

  86. 86

    That was no rosary, those were anal beads.

  87. 87

    the vogue moves, the extended cone bra, the religious aspect..maybe it was controversial 15 years ago when madonna did it. the song isn't one of her best for sure, and the video falls under the category of "nothing to see here, move along".

  88. 88

    Here's the thing;


    she's a pop singer. She writes shitty dance songs, and dresses like Marilyn Manson. 13 years ago Marilyn Manson was the talk of the town when it comes to contraversy..the difference is lyrically he could back it up. Gaga cannot. There is absolutely no reason for a little dance song to have a contraversial video, unless of course you are just trying to stay relevant. If she stripped off the costumes, and stopped with the "contraversy" ( which there of course isn't, just her people feeding the press) She probably would be singing karaoke in a bar. No talent, just hype.

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  90. 90

    What the fuck!? Lady Gaga, or what some would call her: Lady Gag-me, can not sing! Her "bold" fashion statements are becoming more and more annoying and her singing is becoming more and more terrible. I agree with LadyGagaSucksBalls, it was fucking terrible.

  91. 91

    Wow, Madonna is really ugly in this video.

  92. 92

    Exactly how many Madonna video's does she blatantly rip off here I lost count after 4 right down to the cone bra!

  93. 93

    three words……………… La Isla bonita …………….. one more word, nah it`s more like a name……………………… MADONNA.

  94. 94

    Re: JorgeSM – 2 words: EPIC FAILURE

  95. 95

    Gosh, Diamanda Galas is really controversial when it comes about religion and music together. And she doesnt even need that much of ridiculous costumes as Gaga does.

  96. 96

    People need to stop acting like Madonna invented religion in popular music. For years, artists like the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, (who opened her first LP back in 1975 with "Jesus died for somebody's sins / But not mine"), as someone pointed out up above, Diamanda Galas, XTC, and a number of punk and heavy metal acts have explored or questioned religion in their music. And while Madonna may have danced around the subject of hypocrisy within the church, Tori Amos and Sinead O'Connor have outright called it out for its bullshit, and they didn't have to make an expensive video to draw attention to themselves. Madonna groundbreaking, my ass!

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  98. 98

    Re: TEDDY JEWELL – I agree!

  99. 99

    I really like this video. I thought it was about oppression, but I guess you can draw any conclusion you want from it. I really think this woman is an amazing talent, and I wish her a long career.

  100. 100

    Chill out guys. I'm a music and social anthropology student, I think the video was amazing. So much better than dancing on a beach in a bikini.. I can understand how it's not to everyone's taste but here's the thing…if you don't like it, don't watch it! AND…yeah get over it. No one got this upset over Marilyn Manson and his own personal Jesus, and no one got that upset over Girls, girls girls (with the strippers in the background…): people are far more critical of females than males. She's just a rockstar.

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