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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."

Inneresting!

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

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  1. 101

    This video also had more meaning than Not Myself Tonight by Christina Aguilera. I think that girl is desperate. She needs to sing power ballads. As for GAGA, she needs to keep doing her thing! Alejandro is great. Also, I am a college educated married female. I'm not gay, and I don't use coloring books.



  2. 102

    Its not bullshit at all, I watched the video and thought the same thing he just said. People just get upset over religion, SHES A CHRISTIAN!!!!!!!! She wouldnt bash the church shes just making a statement also saying that the views of the catholic church towards the gay community are completely and utterly wrong.



  3. 103

    Stupid-how easy to turn something blasphemous holy.



  4. 104

    Stephen: backpedaling much? Too late, sorry. Could have been more powerful with less sex and religious defamation. I like the song even if it is Ace of Base-ish, but I don't care for the symbolism in the video. Come on, an inverted red cross on her crotch? Trying too hard. Her only redemption would be the shock of doing a complete turn-around on her next video, and actually doing "artistic" properly. She has the musical training and voice, so maybe she'll do a 180 and turn classic.



  5. 105

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! Lady Gaga needs a sit down with Madonna. What a piece of crap that was. There sometimes were hopes that it may get better. Love the moe hair cuts on her dancers. Talk about dancing, they can't even make Gaga look like a competent dancer in a music video. The director sucks, the art direction sucks, the wardrobe sucks, the list goes on and on. Maybe it's a budget thing.



  6. 106

    Great video but could have been greater if it told a coherent story that people could identify with. Too many choppy scenes but interesting and controversial imagery - some original and some borrowed. Concept is too murky and i'd wished it was more accessible to people rather than relying on the director to explain the concept.



  7. 107

    dude, whatever!!! i fucking loved it! you give me nazis, religious blasphemy, violent sex, and a boatload of homoeroticism and i'm fucking sold man!!!!!!



  8. 108

    oh it's 1990 and Madonna has a new video .. oh wait it is Gaygay… :-)



  9. 109

    yesterday this "genious" said the video didn't have any subtext or actual meaning….today it's a whole different story….what about tomorrow?
    and all this BS for a song that says "don't call my name Alejandro" "I'm not your babe Fernando"
    I'm overwhelmed by the geniality of these two…..I almost feel like fainting, or better laughing until I faint…..
    they're becoming the "Heidi and Spencer" of music business….



  10. 110

    Re: _nin3te3n86_ – I love people like you, bitching about something they haven't actually seen. Priceless.



  11. 111

    The song is great. Good tune stays in your head. I think Gaga is the next Madonna. Some parts of the video reminded me of Like A Prayer. SHe is really provokative in the bed with the postitions, dance moves are off the hook.

  12. mino says – reply to this


    112

    Riiight… What about the upside down cross at her crotch?



  13. 113

    lol…such symbolism, such creativity, such ART! When in all reality, it's just mindless, euro-pop music that's been already been done before. I respect that Lady Gaga has fans but to try and pass her "music" and performances of it off with so much deep meaning is very amusing!

  14. racos says – reply to this


    114

    Everyone these days compare every artist out there to her when that video and her style l8ly says Madona all over it!!! I've seen madona done that in so many videos, brilliant girl tho ;-) … not a fan of the over ussage and versions of crucif…ix, not only because im a catholic, but the same way she wouldnt want any gay symbolic icons to be used in … See Morea negative way, she should consider putting a negative look on things people take very seriusly today… Im not and far from religious but i believe everyone's belief and religious symbols should not be played or"artistically" exploited… just my belief and reason why i think the video is a lil too much and why i think she just needs to kick it back a couple notches… ;-)



  15. 115

    She is dark. there is nothing holy about her and her monsters.



  16. 116

    There's nothing new about re-hashing what Madonnas already done. You say Xtinas a copycat? Huh, thats hot calling the kettle black.



  17. 117

    I think he just disrespected gays. The character being gaga is a battle between the dark forces of this world, which the video is referring to the gays and how Catholics view it and the spiritual salvation of the Soul, what Catholics are trying to do to homosexuals, "save them."



  18. 118

    Re: ElskanMin – Just because it's hard to understand doesn't necessarily means it's quality art or deep. Is this song or video even relatable lol?



  19. 119

    Ok-Love Gaga
    1. the song sounds like Ace of Base in 90s
    2. The video is very Madonna-not too original
    3. Her body looks insaneeee
    4. Steven Klein in general is awesome dont hate on him



  20. 120

    More silly attention whoring from the CaCa… that is all



  21. 121

    I'm Catholic and I am glad this was cleared up. I respect the right for others to express their opinions, even if I find it offensive. However, I am very glad though that it wasn't meant to be blasphemous because I really love Gaga. I'd still love her even it was blasphemous though =).



  22. 122

    mmk lets get real….has the fucking world gone mad?!?!? this bitch is sick and demented and her music is absolutely atrocious…people like gagaloo make me scared for what is in store for the future of the music industry…please somebody please wake up and see that this is not art, it is just terrible in all aspects…this woman needs to stop….i am supportive of self expression but lady gaga is nothing more than her labels own creation, what a sell out…



  23. 123

    she is not that clever drive her s fame sexual



  24. 124

    Re: bellofolletti – Well you just don't know Madonna's work or her legacy. Sure the video has Gaga's wacked out craziness all over it, but the themes and imagery in the video recall many of Madonna's past videos such as Vogue, Express Yourself, Human Nature, Erotica, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Blond Ambition Tour, Reinvention Tour and so on. I understand that Gaga is trying to be fresh and new, but rehashing Madonna's ideas is no way to get to the greatness that is Madonna's legacy.



  25. 125

    Re: Baron von Fleck – I know. The thing that really bugs me is how Perez will cal out Xtina for copying Gaga/Madonna, but then when Gaga does an almost carbon copy of everything Madonna stands for as an artist, it's EPIC? WTF? Christina may have channeled Madonna in her video, but Gaga is purposefully trying to erase Madonna from history and that just will never happen. Madonna seriously needs to slap this bitch.



  26. 126

    Re: RabbitHeart – Sinead and Tori both came after Madonna. The thing about Madonna is that when she became the star she is today, she juxtaposed sexuality and religion and it wasn't on purpose, but somehow was fate. Her birth name is Madonna, yet she is a sexual female. It started from "Like A Virgin", and the irony and paradox of her career and the themes she explored were new. Madonna pissed off the Vatican, Pope, Catholic church so much that they made many public statements about Madonna's music and her art. But Madonna was more thoughtful and artistic in her videos than Gaga. She was more streamlined, yet more obscure in what she was trying to do. All Madonna's videos have something extra that others just don't have. With Madonna it's like she's intelligent and truly trying to make a social statement. With Gaga it's like she;s trying to shock for the sake of shock by doing everything Madonna did, but looking weird and desperate. I love the video and Steven Klein is amazing, but I just feel like Madonna did it before and better.



  27. 127

    Re: goodtasteishardtofind
    The thing with Madonna fans is when they respond to you, they sound like they're writing her press release. YAWN! It doesn't matter if Tori or Sinead came before or after Madonna (most of the other artists I mentioned came before her and explored those very themes in religion before Madonna graduated from high school). Sinead & Tori were more raw and honest and direct in their approach, and they certainly didn't copy Madonna. Sinead was raised a Catholic and blamed the church for her own abuse as well as its systemic abuse of others. Tori was raised in a religious home and was always in conflict with what her religious father preached as opposed to her own beliefs. What has Madonna ever sung about or said about the church itself to challenge its hypocrisy? This is the same woman who condemned Sinead for ripping up a picture of the Pope (probably jealous she didn't think of it first). "Like A Prayer" was a corny, lyrically bad song sung to a choir–had nothing to do with the video. Not hardly challenging the religious order, is it? Making pseudo-artsy videos and acting vulgar just to piss off the Pope for you own attention isn't really making a statement..



  28. 128

    Re: Michi89 – completely agree. the entire video was negative and all that shit he said was just to cover up the true meaning of the video.



  29. 129

    You're a hypocrite Perez. You slam Christina for supposedly copying Gaga, when every aspect of this shiteous video is ripped from Madonna and Michael Jackson. At least when MJ did an "epic" video, there was a storyline. Gaga just decided to try and throw in as much "shocking" material as possible into an incoherent video with no plot and no story. She's also taken moves directly from Vogue. How's that for Clone Gaga?



  30. 130

    i love this! its brilliant, and really makes you think things over - a piece of art.



  31. 131

    so true

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