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Catholic Church Goes After GaGa Over Judas

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The Catholic Church is going after Lady GaGa over her upcoming music video for Judas, where she will reportedly portray Mary Magdalene.

President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Bill Donahue, blasted GaGa, calling the video a "stunt." He added:

"People have real talent, and then there is Lady Gaga. I find Gaga to be increasingly irrelevant. Is this the only way to jet up her performance? This isn’t random, we are getting closer to Holy Week and Easter."

Oh, please. He couldn't be further from the truth!

Leave GaGa alone and focus your time and energy on more worthwhile causes.

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324 comments to “Catholic Church Goes After GaGa Over Judas

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  1. 101

    Okay, interdweebs, Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. That's a conflation of the two "other" Marys in the New Testament into one. The first is Mary Magdalene, the other is the prostitute who washed Jesus' feet with her tears. 2 separate characters. It was all Gregory the Great's fault. Now it's yours.

    ps - other *cough, cough* Christian groups are at least twice as crazy as Catholics. At least Catholics know evolution is real, how magnets work, and are working towards greater equality (gotta try). Hush-up and get some brains.

  2. 102

    I agree Gaga is desperate and shes just Madonna version 2. I'm bored with her. It's supposed to be about the music, not the stunts. It's always ok to bash the catholics right? But we're supposed to spread equality for all. Why can't the catholics have their opinions as well???

  3. 103

    What a coincidence, I find the catholic church increasingly irrelevant.

  4. 104

    Spot on, my good sir. I may now convert to Catholicism.

  5. 105

    rarely do i agree with you…in this case you are totally correct…the catholic church should worry about other things rather than gaga…after all this time, the catholic church is so pissy about religious iconography? that's so old! been done…she's just rehashing it…perharpds the catholic church should worry about their pedophile child molester priests instead.

  6. 106

    why don't these jackholes ever portray prominent people in islam or other religions? why is it always Christianity?

  7. 107

    whats going on with her? This is like another provocative attention seeking trick by using catholic features in her music video. She needs a better creative director cause this is so alejandrooo. and stop fucking messing with catholics and perez, shut up lady gaga sucks now!

  8. 108

    Bill Donahue is entitled to his opinion, just like you so LOUDLY voice yours. ps get over your whole Gaga obsession and use your site for something entertaining besides your shallow opinions.

  9. 109

    How can you complain about something if you haven't seen what context it is in? We haven't even seen the video and people are already complaining geez get a life people for complaining

  10. 110

    Re: GaGaFanForever – i can wear a costume and put a lot of non-sensical words to music too.that doesn't make me an artist nor does it make me talented. oh wait .. did i just describe lady gaga?

  11. 111

    The Catholic Church is a joke and a fraud and a scam.

  12. 112

    Wow, the catholic's criticize Gg's moral standards while their own "Priest" (aka repressed perverts) are probably listening to Gaga's "Boys Boys Boys" in their bedrooms, either alone or with an alterboy. (Yes I know Gaga is Catholic, I think that's one more reason why they hate her).

  13. 113

    Agree with him

  14. 114

    realize that some things are offensive, even if they are legitimately being done for artistic purposes. mary magdalene was just a person… not really anyone to get upset over, but to them it's sacred. a little consideration please.

  15. 115

    I think that we should actually watch the video before we voice any opinions on it. I don't find anything she does offensive, but then, I don't shock very easily. I also have no compassion for the Catholic church. They've done so many horrible things throughout history that I can't find it in me to sympathize with them at all.

  16. 116

    If she made fun of islam and muslims…she would be killed the next day!!!that's why it's ok to go after catholics!!
    The whole "I'm so different" thing is getting soooo old!!!!
    and for everyone saying that we should first wait for the video and then judge…please! we all know what to expect and what she will do!!!!

  17. 117

    Re: Nicte De Leon-Calvi – The Catholic Church doesn't discriminate against gays??? What rock have you been living under

  18. 118

    You are a pathetic piece of sh!t, Mario. Stop kissing her a$$.

  19. 119

    as much as religion has got its flaws…. this douche is right. we get it gaga "omg shes fucking jesus on the cross!" *rolls eyes*

  20. 120

    She is an atheist. Did anyone else see that when in her Alejandro video she swallowed a rosary that had a cross on it and She had a red upside down cross on her crotch! She is obviously anti-religion. She is probably an atheist or devil worshipper.

  21. 121

    First, and most important, if you are being paid to publicize her, post decent pictures. She is not fashion, she is costume, know the difference, because it's an important one. Second, Born This Way is so awful it's making Firework, which I hate, more popular. Third, the story of Mary Magdalene really bothers me, because although I do love that "Jesus" was kind to her, she wasn't in need of forgiveness for being a whore, everyone else was in need of forgiveness for condemning her. Don't get it twisted. (However, I'm sure Mary Magdalene didn't have stupid fake bone attachments on her face and shoulders…)

  22. 122

    ahahahaha. You're one to talk about focusing time on more worthwhile causes. I mean do you ever think about any cause besides that of gay rights. I don't know world hunger, child cancer, or a million other more "important causes".

    And this totally was NOT the catholic church. They couldn't care less about Lady Gaga like the most of us. It was some catholic organization. Get your facts straight first. Maybe then you may have one positive comment.

  23. 123

    Re: Brains of the Operation – i'm glad you lump everyone of the catholic faith together and call the religion a fraud. You are just as bad as perez.. What do you believe in you narrow minded bitch

  24. 124

    Re: Jerv23325 – *tsk tsk* She has more talent than you obviously.

  25. 125

    Any sensible mother would rather have Lady Gaga dressed as an s&m space hooker baby sit her boys over any catholic priest.

  26. 126

    Re: AynRandy – thank you for shedding some educated light to this. Everyone seems to think that she was a whore and the bible didn't once say that. I'm sure Perez had no idea either as ignorant as he is.

  27. 127

    Wow you all aren't even helping his argument that she is irrelevant if she was irrelevant you wouldn't even be talking about it therefore she has relevant and test me those who thinks they know what she going to do with the video we don't even know like with the born this way video none of us expected aliens it might be very pro-religion and not blaspehmest and if it isn't blasphamist i want everyone here to go and comment on that video admitting they are wrong but knowing you all you probably don't have the guts to admit you are wrong and if it is blasphemist i will apologize and yes i most likely did spell blashphemist wrong and i apologize for it1

  28. 128

    First, this has nothing to do with the Catholic church…just a person who is associated with the Catholic church. Second, I agree, this is probably not the best idea given the time she plans on releasing the video and it's not really that original…then again neither is any of her music or so called "art"

  29. 129

    I Love me some Gaga and yes she has a lot of talent but ever since the "Alejandro" video and her obsession with making videos that "break the rules" and "push boundaries" and "shock the whole world" has made her look like someone who comes off as an attention whore that tries too hard.

  30. 130

    she should be just as controversial but with Islam. The Catholic thing isnt creative, its been done, its too safe and boring. She should be artistic and creative with Islam and wait for them to cut her throat!

  31. 131

    Soooo when people attack the gay community they are horrible, judgmental people, but when someone who is such a public figure attacks and belittles and entire religion, they are cool and inspirational? What do you suggest the Catholic focuses on instead? Discrimination in any respect is WRONG. For the record, I am very Catholic AND I support gay rights. Being one does not mean you can't be the other, and she is sending a VERY dangerous message. And I also agree that let alone the stunts she pulls, during Lent, which is considered a 40 day period of mourning for Christians, this is especially devious and cruel. Just because you are "bff" with her Perez, does not mean you have to blindly follow her and kiss her ass.

  32. 132

    mmmmm ok lets see pop singer vs catholic church WTF! is this the 80's c'mon lets just move on already!! find something else to help hype up your music gaga!! Madonna has done it b4! OVER IT!

  33. 133

    lol….. Bill Donahue: "she is Irrelevant … so irrelevant that we are pissed off at the theme of this unreleased song/video that we haven't even seen yet."

  34. 134

    Re: mattyvoyager – she knows about the catholic church because she has grew up catholic in what she sings and talks about she talks about what she knows im sure if she knew a lot of shit about muslims she wouldve done it already and the song is called Judas not Muhammad so the christian more important catholic view is most likely the influence. But they need to be quiet complaining about every book movie that somehow effects them when they can not listen to it or change the channel easily and im catholic and a lot of stuff they complain about i don't think is worth the time of breath such as this

  35. 135

    Re: markho – She sure as hell looks like one.

  36. 136

    Re: Dakota Bear Stanley – If you do know all the facts on this busted tranny, then you need a job.

  37. 137

    The catholic church needs to concentrate on it's own disgusting skeletons instead of making statements about a pop singer.

  38. 138

    I am so sick of Fatty Perez and all these sacreligous sluts slamming the Catholic Church that I can't stand it anymore! I am not even Catholic, but I respect things that are important to others. You get over it, Perez and soon Gaga's 15 minutes will be up…just like Sinead O'Connor.

  39. 139

    Re: Nicte De Leon-Calvi

    You are full of shit.

  40. 140

    I completely agree with this actually. She is getting ridiculous for the sake of being ridiculous. She's not fighting the good fight to be an activist. She's doing it to be selfish. She's ridiculous.

  41. 141

    Judas priest, he's not even a priest so why is he complaining about Judas?

  42. 142

    Gosh, Gaga copies even Madonna publicity stunts from the past. Can't this freak do anything original for once?

  43. 143

    if ya'll would take the time to learn about what you are hating on you'd see that Lady Gaga's whole persona/empire of art&fashion is all a study of FAME. she believes she has mastered the concept of fame and you haters are just proving her right every day. and don't tell me you don't get up and shake it when her you watch her videos (which by you watching them makes her more famous). shut up and JUST DANCE!

  44. fiona says – reply to this


    Catholics are not the priests who molest, just as Christians are not the pastors that cheat and steal. Devout church going people deserve respect.
    I would rather be affiliated with good people with strong values than atheists who idolize madonna and gaga. Those women are sellouts interested in money, not art. They are no one to admire.

  45. MUNON says – reply to this


    He is so right!

  46. 146

    You're such a big IDIOT!!!!!!!!Do you know who Maria Magdalena was at least?

  47. mw says – reply to this


    does she have any original ideas???

  48. mw says – reply to this


    did't Madonna do all this with the Catholic church already??? find a gimmick to call your own GAGA

  49. 149

    Of course its a "stunt." Most of her schtick is a stunt. Thats what gets idiotic blubs in the press and sells CDs. Although this one seems less than original, given the fact its been pulled a zillion times.

  50. 150

    The irony of that quote is hilarious! I have degrees in Religious Studies & Anthropology and nobody is more relevant to humans on a spiritual/humanistic level than Mother Monster! Grrr.. . . .:)

  51. 151

    What bothers me about Gaga, amongst a litany of many other offenses, is that she is deliberately and aggressively provocative but pretends to be all innocent and meek about it later as if she's just misunderstood. At least Madonna took ownership of her provocations with coyness and bluntness, Gaga could never be so bold. Truly, she's a coward who hides behind stupid costumes to veil her real intentions which are secretly more boring and plain than anything she'd care to admit.

  52. 152


  53. KateT says – reply to this


    The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights IS NOT the Catholic Church so calm the eff down!

  54. 154

    The Church is right. Gaga was alright her first couple songs. Now all of her songs and videos are the same. Boring. The videos are just her Dancing around in her underwear… It got old really fast.

  55. 155

    Come on Perez, what has the Catholic church done to you? We are the most tolerant of homosexuals and every religion has scandals. Can Catholics be entitled to feel offended once in a while? Given all the crap thats thrown at us?
    Can't the president of a Catholic organization be opinionated about something offensive? Especially about something done by a formally devout member (she went to a Catholic school and is Italian-American) of the church?

  56. 156

    Re: CatAttack – Agreed.

  57. 157

    She would do this around Easter. If she wants to be relevant, do something that hasn't been done. I'm pretty sure Madonna has already done this whole blasphemy thing. I can see her slowly fading away any time now. Thank the Lord.

  58. 158

    Re: cymro – i couldnt have said it better myself. by riding in on her white horse to save the gays she has sealed her fame and im tired of her milking the gays for all the worth. almost every single video of hers has her killing someone or has people worshipping her or portrays her as some religious figure. OVER IT

  59. 159

    i agree with him, when artists use religion in their videos, theyre just asking for attention and trying to be provocative. it's annoying. gaga, you're annoying. go away.

  60. 160

    I'm a hardcore Lady G fan, yet I have to question all this crap. Why do people always go after their old religion (she attended Catholic school if you are unaware) Why not actually create new stuff that improves the world rather than created controversy and hatred. Madonna did this crap with Like a Prayer. Gaga is original, no matter what people say. I just wish she would go back to being flawless and fabulous.

  61. 161

    I think gaga is a true inspiration and i have been to two of ther Mosnter Balls. I think the Catholic Church should have other things to worry about. Gaga is all abou this. Getting peoples attention…and she is really really good at it. I say YOU GO GAGA!

  62. 162

    She is a Xerox of Madonna 20 years later. This is the beginning of the end for her, when everyone talks about you and you want everyone to talk about you then nobody listens anymore. The Gaga who Cried GAY!

  63. 163

    oh please. the catholic church was all up against jesus christ superstar when it came out in the 70's. funny thing was that none of them had actually seen it. they just assumed that it was blasphemous. the church should spend less time criticizing pop culture and more time keeping their pedophiles away from kids. after thousands of years they are the ones who are becoming irrelevant.

  64. 164

    I don't think it's very fair to discount someone's personal religious beliefs. I disagree with his calling Gaga talentless because that's not true, nor is he an expert in that area. She actually is very talented. However, I agree that Gaga is quickly approaching the line of entirely relying on gimicks and flash. Gaga's talent is much more apparent on her stripped down, acoustic performances where her appearance and presentation don't over-shadow her voice.

    Also, I don't like her blatant disregard for their religion. Gaga may be a voice for the LGBT community but in her fight to be edgy and cool, she's completely alienating entire religious communities. That is not accepting everyone no matter what and it's not acceptable.

  65. 165

    will she tear a photo of the pope next?

  66. 166

    I'm not Catholic but, he's completely tight.
    Gaga's a good performer, but she doesn't have to bring religion in her act to be "cool" and "artistic". She just wants attention, and its not working. It's starting to really piss people off. If she was smart, she'd go back to her "Just Dance" days.

  67. 167

    1. Does lady gaga have talent? yes, i believe she does. if you dont feel that way, thats awesome!
    2.Does she do all this for attention? DUH!! she already told us she was!! DOING IT FOR THE FAME!! know how i know?? because she wasnt eccentric in the slightest until her name took off. she didnt even want to do pop, someone convinced her to switch after that whole wannabe rocker thing didnt work out. so no more of this shes just expressing herself thing.
    3. tolerance works both ways people. most who bash christians for saying what they think are more than vocal with their opinions and demand to be recognized. just saying

  68. 168

    Look, we all know the Catholic Church has done some stupid stuff lately but there is no reason for Lady Gaga to specifically attack the Church with her music video! Have we really gone this far where celebrities can now mock religion too? Don't you people understand that this is offensive and hurtful to Catholics? And listen to what Donohue says "Is this the only way to jet up her performance?" He's not saying she is a bad artist or anything, just that there are so many other talented people who are successful and they don't go near religion. Just leave it alone Gaga.

  69. 169

    Re: Nicte De Leon-Calvi – i totally agree :)

  70. 170

    okay the song is called JUDAS remember church. the song is about men that betray you of biblical proportion. who cares if she plays Mary Magdalen in the video. its a music video. people take her way too seriously, yet not seriously enough. they church wouldnt care if Taylor Swift fuckin played her Mary Magdalen in one of her videos. give up let her have her career stop complaining about everything. besides she defended your "screwy" religion in GaGavision 41 so you owe her.

  71. 171

    I refuse to accept the Catholic church as a moral authority when they spent the better half of the last century either sexually abusing children or covering for those who did. That being said, let's not pretend that Lady Gaga's use of religious imagery is anything other than a tired ploy to arrange controversy.

  72. 172

    i am not a religious person but i think its very disrespectful of lady gaga to even go there. she can be creative in a million different ways but she's choosing to make a mockery of the catholic church knowing full well that she is going to offend a lot of people. and its obvious that its for the attention. she is extremely egocentric and self-absorbed

  73. 173

    This is why ppl like Madonna, Gaga etc go against religion its a sick world inside a lot of those churches, christian, muslim, catholic, they lie, rape, degrade women etc. A lot of ppl rebel against religion and that is a right they are allowed to have as artist who portray things through their vision. Even if gaga just wants controversy lol

  74. 174

    Re: Nicte De Leon-Calvi – These "artists" are so edgy and daring except when it comes to the Muslim religion, then they have all due respect. Cowards.

  75. 175

    i´m not catholic but the guy makes a great case. Gaga fans have to understand that she´s not being edgy or hipster for doing such things, just plain disrespectful and ridiculous to say the least. it amazes me that someone who preaches equality and respect would trash something that is so dear and important to so many people around the world, just so that she can make a video of extremely poor taste. It´s not like she´s making a statement, critizing or doing anything constructive, just milking the catholic cow because it´s so in to do that right now (right, Glee?). How can people idolize such a person? it´s beyond me

  76. 176

    All of you idiots are slamming this when nobody has even seen the video yet.

  77. 177

    I love Perez but I’m so tired of seen him been so defensive of Gaga. When she’s not right she’s not right, dude stop applauding everything she does no matter how stupid or irrelevant it is. Is it me or Gaga is getting a little bit to obsess with the catholic religion? I know that she was raise in a catholic family and that she went to a catholic school but that doesn’t excuse her. I’m not the most religious person but I am a Catholic and I am sick and tired of hearing people talking shit about the Catholics and being so obsess with the religion. When I saw Alejandro I thought “oh well she’s been blasphemy but it’s not like we haven’t seen stuff like this over the years” but now, she’s just pushing it a little bit too far. She should be more respectful. And just like I’m tired of that, I’m also tired of seen a copy of Madonna!

  78. 178

    Another missive from the basement of old Pumpkin-head Bill Donahue. Remember these are the people who gave us 3 decades of movie censorship…they'd love nothing better than having the same chance with music…

  79. 179

    Re: fiona – Amen! Well said!

  80. 180

    If you knew anything about the catholic religion you would know how disrespectful this is. But the only way anything is frowned upon is if its against a minority. Keep on bullying the rest of the world!

  81. 181

    You can tell he isn't biased… /sarcasm off. Why report on crap like this?

  82. 182

    Re: Nicte De Leon-Calvi – Are you kidding? Doesn't discriminate against gays? I don't know what rock you have been hiding under but you are mis-informed

  83. 183

    Ohh shit! I just found Judas! Here's the note attached to the KNIFE I pulled out of Uncle Sam's back!


    $1. Rothschild Banks of London and Berlin
    $2. Lazard Brothers Banks of Paris
    $3. Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy (Now Bank of America)
    $4. Warburg Bank of Hamburg and Amsterdam
    $5. Lehman Brothers of NY
    $6. Kuhn, Loeb Bank of NY (Now Shearson American Express)
    $7. Goldman, Sachs of NY
    $8. National Bank of Commerce NY/Morgan Guaranty Trust (J. P. Morgan Bank - Equitable Life - Levi P. Morton are principal shareholders)
    $9. Hanover Trust of NY (William and David Rockefeller & Chase National Bank NY) are principal shareholders).

  84. 184

    lord, so many of you are oblivious! 186 comments, SHE has made you allllll talk, good or bad, she is doing what she wants you to do.

  85. tiya says – reply to this


    Stefani germanotta couldnt accomplish shit. no sane man/woman would give her the time of the day. so she transformed into Lady copycat GaGa and ripped off everything Madonna did.

    time and again, she has proved herself to be insolent and uses the Gay supporter card to get away with things that a normal person wouldnt get away with.
    there are other ways to express yourself and do it respectfully.
    i dont give a fuck if she grew up in a catholic girl. I KNOW that many Hindus ( i am one) grow up in a MORE conservative and rules filled environment. ditto for muslims… you dont see us/ or me wearing meat on me OR wearing underwear and roaming about?? NO PASS for her EITHER.
    she is lucky people tolerate her shit!!!
    but in HISTORY she WILL go down AS a MADONNA COPYCAT. biggest insult for stefani germanotta

  86. 186

    *yawn* Didn't Madonna run the whole sex+religion thing into the ground 25 years ago?

    For that matter, doesn't Gaga have anything better to do than play off of a medieval notion of women as whores who want to entice you to sin? I like Gaga, but I'm officially checking out.

    PS Perez, if you were any farther up Lady Gaga's ass, you'd be able to help her chew her food. Stand up for something new for a change aside from gay rights and Gaga rights. It makes you look shallow and like if 10% of the populace were left alone, civil rights would be over, its job complete. Most of the traffic on your site is from people who want to get annoyed with you and your narrow views. If you actually behaved like a 3-dimensional person, you might change a thing or two in this crazy world.

  87. 187

    just for the freaking show she only is.

  88. 188

    I usually don't agree with statements coming from the Catholic Church but he is totally correct in saying that this is nothing more than a call for attention. Lady Gaga is all about gimmick and is getting less about her actual talent. I liked her at first but now I can't stand to see her. I'm so over her! She can win me back when she gives up the gimmicks and just does her music.

  89. 189

    Re: bretticus21 – Obviously you know nothing about the Catholic church if you say that they're not helping out Japan, or anywhere else, for that matter. In fact, they're one of the most community-service oriented religions in America, and throughout the world! I'm guessing you've never heard of "Catholic charities?" I'm not even religious, and even I know that Catholics are some of the most helpful people out there! Especially the religion as a whole! And they're not out there going to soup kitchens bi-annually and acting like they're the "greatest people in the world" for it. They're doing stuff that REALLY helps people out, and they do it all of the time!! I mean, I don't know you personally, or anything like that. But you just come off as extremely ignorant when you say that Catholics don't help. Saying that Catholics don't do charity work is like saying that the sky is green, or something. And another thing- the Catholic church didn't even put out the Lady Gaga statement (as mentioned on many posts previously), it's some guy that runs an organization out of his basement that just happens to have the word "Catholic" in the title.

  90. 190

    Re: Ryan RyRy Richards – why is it ok its just disrespect.

  91. 191

    Nothing he said is untrue. Lady Gaga exists only to create controversy and be 'edgy'. She's nothing but and image attached to catchy pop music.

  92. 192

    i haven't read any other posts, but i'm sorry am i the ONLY other person who thinks Lady Gago is way way overrated?! Why does perez love her so much??

  93. 193

    Oh my god! She is the biggest fucking star of today! To say she is "irrelevant" is a complete LIE, but does she really need to do this religion thing again? You did it already. Madonna did it best girl, move the fuck on! If she really thinks this or much she does is original she needs to get real. Her and every other person that believes that. I love Lady Gaga, her talent and what she stands for, but come on, seriously? And that church needs to actually practice what they preach for once in their little all so judgmental lives and stfu!

  94. 194

    Eh. Im over her and her antics. Her whole "shock value" techniques, instead of having everything based on raw talent is getting old. And boring. And completely un-shocking anymore anyway….

  95. 195

    Gaga is the Most talented person I know and some wise crack conservative preacher can't tell anyone otherwise and so what if it has been done b4 and her performances don't need any improvements they are gun as!!!

  96. 196

    Re: Average Jane – I agree.


  97. 197

    If Gaga were doing something offensive towards another religion during a "holy" time, it would be taken more seriously. I'm Jewish and I think its not right and definitely a stunt.

  98. klkl says – reply to this


    True there may be better things for the church to focus on, but I personally can not wait for the day that Lady Gaga finally comes out, laughs her ass off and announces that she can't believe people followed her joke of an ass. She has a good voice, why she feels the need to be a character is beyond me.

  99. 199

    Re: anys_rb – I agree!

  100. 200

    I love Lady Gaga but she is alientaing a ton of her fans by pulling these kind of stunts. Not just Catholics, but Jews and Christians as well. This is too bad… I truly loved her music but I am not a fan of the blasphemy :-(

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