Lady Gaga's Alejandro Video?

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Lady Gaga's Alejandro Video?
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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 12:14pm

Have any of you seen this video that's been in the news lately? I hadn't watched it until this morning and I just don't know what it is I think. Some of the images were shocking, yes. I can't say that I am offended, though. I definitely wouldn't let my children watch this. I just didn't see it as a religious mockery, but more of an internal struggle. I guess I just don't think it is all that newsworthy.

If you want to see it, it's here on this iVillage flash poll that asked if Gaga went too far (52% said no): http://www.ivillage.com/does-lady-gagas-alejandro-video-go-too-far/1-a-210188?ice=iv:mb:msg:js

Just a warning: Once you see it, you can't un-see it. I definitely don't think it's safe to watch with kids around or at work. I think the sex scenes were just too over the top, even for a music video.

I read Bill McGarvey's (he's Catholic musician/writer/editor) response to the video in a USA Today article, and I pretty much agree with him. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2010/06/lady-gaga-alejandro-katy-perry-catholic-rosary/1












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Sun, 06-13-2010 - 1:58am
I think that Katy Perry will regret dissing Gaga.
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Sun, 06-13-2010 - 2:03am
I'm going to bet that Gaga has seem Madonna's Like a Prayer video.
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Wed, 06-16-2010 - 8:24am

I agree with the comparison of what Madonna was and did in the 80s.

 


 


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Wed, 06-16-2010 - 1:34pm

This raises the question: WHAT IS BLASPHEMY? I have thought about this before. Is it offending God? Are we REALLY able to OFFEND The Almighty God, considering we are just His little creatures? Do we have that kind of power over Him? I don't know, but it's my feeling that we cannot. That we are not that powerful. Is God even really CAPABLE of offense? If He is pure love, is there room for offense? It doesn't seem to mesh. . . So I would postulate that in fact, blasphemy is more about the person. Just like any sin, it probably serves to separate the person being blasphemous from the Love of God. If blasphemy is in art, where many are affected by its imagery or words or music, then those people who find pleasure in it---whatever that pleasure might be---are probably somehow temporarily separated from God as well.

Art in all genres seems to have taken a drastic turn in the 20th Century. If you think back to what art was for Western Civilization during the Renaissance and before, it was wholly Christian and/or religious. We had Bach's and Vivaldi's Masses, and Handel's Messiah. Now we have Eminem. We had Rembrandt's breath-taking portrayals of the Risen Christ. Now we have the Piss Christ and the Virgin Mary made from elephant dung. To me, modern-day art is only offensive insomuch as it evokes negative feelings of separation from my Creator. If it doesn't draw me closer to Him, even in small degrees, then it is either not worthwhile or offensive.

I think the art we are seeing now is a reflection of the death of Western Civilization as we've known it. It's a reflection of society and our collective consciousness as a culture. I think maybe this is necessary. Perhaps we are transitioning into a new age and these are the birth pangs, as Scripture says. But I don't know for sure. I'm not an oracle and don't pretend to be, LOL

I didn't find Lady Gaga's video offensive, but it is powerful in its androgynous sexual imagery. And while much of it is erotic, the bondage/discipline undertone---for me---gave it a distasteful message. But I don't think eating a rosary is necessarily offensive. It struck me as almost Eucharistic, but not in a reverent way. But we eat Christ's Body and Blood every time we go to Mass. Eating that which is sacred is intrinsic to our faith. . . Although I'm sure Gaga didn't mean it to be that way!

These are just my humble opinions. I know often they don't agree with those on this board, and I have a tendency to render threads to stunned silence ;) I mean no offense here in anything that I've said. Being one who loves art in all its forms, I have just pondered these things before, and these are some of my musings.

I do wish art still reflected the beauty of God, and not our flailing, suffering, violent, morally bankrupt culture. But I guess that's one of the purposes of art---to make visual what is in the unconscious.




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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 1:44pm

Good points, Sofia. I haven't watched the video yet, so I can't comment on it. I'm guessing I would be offended. For example, we eat the body of Christ reverently, but if someone does so without reverence, or as mockery, I would surely be offended. The idea of Lady Gaga eating a rosary falls into the same category for me. That's probably why I haven't watched it. With the limited time I have in my life, I find that more and more I'm not making time for things that bring me down or introduce violence or immorality. Things that I used to watch/listen to out of curiousity now often just seem unnecessary or prurient.


I do think art can be worthwhile even if it doesn't draw me closer to God. Some art shocks us into rethinking outdated ideas, and that's a good kind of shock. Some just provides a new perspective, which may not bring me closer to God, but is satisfying nonetheless.


That said, while I'm

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Fri, 06-18-2010 - 9:45am
I love your posts, Sofia! After seeing the video and reading about Katy Perry's quote on blasphemy, it did make me stop and think about what blasphemy is. I think it has a lot to do with the person's intent. I have no idea what Lady Gaga's intent was when she made this video. Maybe she's talked about it somewhere, but I haven't found it yet.

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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 5:24pm

Eh, I didn't particularly care for the song or the video past the 3:45 mark.

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