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June 14th, 2010
04:38 PM ET

Sexy nun too far for Lady Gaga?


Lady Gaga appears in costumes resembling a nun's habit in the video "Alejandro."

Tough story to ignore this week, it's one that's making noise across the religious blogosphere.

Lady Gaga's exceptionally long music video (which apparently people still make) "Alejandro" uses a lot of Catholic imagery - including Gaga dressed up as a sexy nun in a shiny red and white habit and eating a rosary.

Another pop star, Katy Perry, had this to say on her Twitter account:

Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke.

When Katy Perry, whose big hit is "I Kissed a Girl," tweets that your music video is crossing the line into blasphemy, you may be in trouble.

Perry told a French radio station over the weekend she is a big Gaga fan, but:

I think sometime spirituality and sexuality are separate things, and when you put them together it gets interesting for some people.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Culture & Science

soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. meadowmuffin

    Lady? Gagag gaga turned around and knocked me out with her giant nose

    November 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  2. confusedddd about article.

    lady gaga is not catholic! this article is wrong. she is anti-christ. i searched it up. she has symbols in this video and its more than just dressing up. shes sending a message about anti-christ. theres an upside down cross (which is anti christ) and theres an upside down cross on her crotch!!! she is not catholic. she also eats the cross, like she is eating God. look it up please. but thats her religion, i dont care, i still like her. everyone has their own opinions...

    July 25, 2010 at 1:09 am |
  3. Peter

    I'm a Christian and a Catholic. We're the proper Christians, not one of those weird, wacky off-shoot Protestant sects in America or somewhere!
    I'm cool with Gaga, I like her as an artist, she's a fellow Catholic and I'll cut her some slack. This time, Gaga.
    Even Madonna knew when to give it up. As for religion, everyone should be free to believe or not. No compulsion nowadays, we're not Muslims, we've moved on! Anyway, Gaga's 'nun' outfit reminds me of Joan of Arc or a Crusader. The Crusades weren't all bad.They were a response to Islamic expansion and violence. How do you think Islam spread? By the sword, of course. Europe has had to fight Islam many times in the past.
    PS, are Protestants, like your Mormons, Anglicans, Evangelicals, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc, real Christians or not?!?

    June 23, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  4. Mainer

    I just can't get enough of that machine gun bra!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  5. Interesting

    Saying sexy nun would mean that Gaga is sexy. And that is just not true at all.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  6. Yeah Right!

    I am a christian, and not just by baptism, but by belief as well... when muslims all over the world acted all bizarre when somebody drew their prophet (they don't like this) I said "Freedom of speach", I will employ the same expression here, I don't apply double standards!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  7. dawn

    I think the costume looks neat, but eating a rosary just sounds creepy.

    June 21, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  8. AshannaK

    Making fun of any religion, whether you're a believer or not, is like walking on very thin ice. And by the way,
    Mr. Jonathan Hanemann, we will not see a parody of Islam...if Gaga is smart. The Muslims do not put up with
    that sort of thing. Too bad you apparently do. Who needs you?

    June 21, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  9. jonathan hanemann

    Will we see equal parody of Islam? No. Why? Because, like most cowards, Lady Gaga goes for the easy targets.

    June 21, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  10. pete repeat

    Hey LLLlaaaaady, It's been done decades before.

    June 21, 2010 at 1:37 am |
  11. Bleh

    She looks NOTHING like a nun. Actually she looks like a piece of white salt-water taffy

    June 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  12. darcy

    um.... what about katy perry's blatant disrespect to the queer community everywhere..... its nice that a straight girl can exploit my way of life, but yet, lady gaga is wrong in using catholic idols...? which the bible is against? odd.

    lady gaga is the best damn thing to come out since the microwave! instant hit, and HOT!

    go lady go!

    June 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  13. lolli

    I found her awful Mo bowl cut hair was more offensive than any outfit in the video. The whole video is pretentious homoerotic cold war drag crap, in my opinion. It's not "visionary" or artistic when you have gun boobs. It makes you a fembot.

    June 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  14. Joe Shmid

    Controversy sells. If you got nothing else, you might as well push the thing you can sell.

    June 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  15. bob the nob

    She is ,like, so last week. Don't you think that she looks tired?

    June 20, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  16. Boka, Philly, PA

    I hate these christians. Guess what? This country doesn't care about your outdated silly beliefs anymore.

    June 20, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  17. anonymous

    Wether you believe in the Savior or not, this is just bad music. Don't let your kids see movies or music in this day and age because all it does is send a bad message. Soulja Boy becomes a millionaire for singing about, "cranking women every day." It is just sickening.

    June 20, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  18. J13m14

    Lady Gaga has her schtick. Let her make some money and be happy.

    June 20, 2010 at 6:02 am |
  19. dj

    I'm sorry, but Madonna has already gone this far and i was really expecting more. When Lady Gaga has done the pope in drag with a chorus of Franciscan monks dressed as late-war SS troopers burning the Koran then i think she will have hit the border. Until then i'm afraid that she is underachieving and will have to step up her game. Just sayin..

    June 20, 2010 at 3:24 am |
  20. Will E.

    I'm so exhausted by the utter and complete ignorance and lack of sophistication people show when it comes to pop cultural "blasphemy." Madonna did this almost a quarter of a century ago, as has been noted (but then, Katy Perry is what, 21?). Also, nobody Google "nunsploitation." Really. Dirty sexy nuns have never been a thing before; Lady Gaga made them up just now!

    June 20, 2010 at 12:13 am |
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