By Amber Humm
Lady Gag’s 2nd album titled Born This Way which was released on 23 May 2011 has become a major hit but its release has come with its fair share of controversy. Judas, a single from her album that had 620,242 views on YouTube by midday of the day after it was released has caused major controversy with religious leaders across the world.
The song contains lyrics such as “Jesus is my virtue and Judas is the demon I cling to” which have upset Christians and Catholics world-wide.
There is no doubt that Lady Gaga is a controversial artist. She upset vegetarians and vegans by wearing a dress made from meat to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. But has she gone too far?
Dabbling with religion is a tricky thing to do because there is a great chance of upsetting people. We all know that she likes to make statements that grab everyone’s attention. After all, they do say that bad publicity is better than no publicity.
During the process of creating Judas, there were many a late night discussion about the implications of the song to fans and followers as well as people who didn’t enjoy her music, but it was decided that the process will be continued.
The creative director, Laurieann Gibson was quoted on Hollywood reporter saying that she would’ve walked away if she didn?t agree with the final treatment of the song.
The album, Born This Way comprises of many genres of music including heavy metal, opera, disco, house and rock and roll and deals with topics such as individualism, sexuality, feminism, religion and freedom.
Music critics received the album well while others said that she was trying too hard to please everyone. This would be hard to do amongst all the controversy created by the album itself.
The influences found in the album stem from Madonna, Bruce Springteen and Whitney Houston. Madonna’s influence is found in the title track, Born This Way, Bruce Springsteens influence is found in Hair and Whitney Houstons influence can be found in the song, Marry the Night and Fashion of His Love.
All round the album was very popular and received many nominations from the MTV awards and from the Grammy awards.