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June 2nd, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Lady Gaga on Catholicism

From the Editors: Larry King Live Senior Producer Nancy Baker was on site in London for Larry King's interview with Lady Gaga. She filed this report:

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to meet a global sensation. I traveled to London this week for Larry King’s interview with superstar Lady Gaga.

Arranging this special one-on-one – part of our celebration of Larry’s 25th anniversary with CNN – was no easy task. Lady Gaga is in the midst of her sold-out world tour, The Monster’s Ball. To say her schedule is jam-packed is to understate the case.

Still, her team carved out the time. The venue was a designated room in the backstage area of the O2 Arena, where Lady Gaga would thrill (and I do mean THRILL!) her fans with a brilliant concert performance just hours later.

Right on time – to the minute – Lady Gaga walked in, accompanied by just three people.

“Hi everyone, I’m Gaga,” she introduced herself to our CNN crew – which was more than three times as large as her modest entourage. She then proceeded to shake hands with everybody. She could not have been more gracious.

I – and everybody else on the crew – had wondered what she was going to wear. She did not disappoint. Just the opposite. Lady Gaga paid a witty tribute to Larry by donning a white silk shirt and unique black suspenders. To add to the visual punch, Larry took his seat on our New York set sporting a black shirt and white suspenders! Was this study in sartorial opposites planned ahead of time? No. Absolutely not. It was serendipity. And it added a terrific touch to a unique show.

Lady Gaga was as candid as she was articulate throughout the interview. Her frankness extended to her very honest comments about growing up in the Roman Catholic Church.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Culture & Science

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  1. David

    Anyone else think its hilarious that a person that most religious zealots hate (you know the whole being different from them thing) is actually part of their God team? Classic. Well done Gaga!!! I can almost hear the cries and meltdowns from the Church and their misguided angry sheep as I type.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • enfantador

      Actually if you look at the comments it's the secular side that seems to be attacking the most. do a quick count

      June 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • Johhnypro

      David...you are a loser. Easy to type anonymous hate filled comments. Sign your name next time.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  2. Andre

    It sounds like she is on the way to becoming an atheist. If she look at look at the historical case for Jesus and his supposed miracles perhaps she'd realize he's far more likely to be a magician/yogi type dude who was hyped by crazy people (and is about as likely to return as John Frum)

    June 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • dave

      people make athist out to be bad people... I think they are enlightened. I always find it humorous when people wont believe in life outside our world but believe in magic and miracle healing..... speaking of which...why does god not miracle heal amputees?......just askin.........

      June 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
    • Luke

      John Frum. Hilarious my friend. Well played.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
    • STUFF

      That is hilarious. Do not confuse TRUTH with falsehood. Most religions are false. They FALSLY say the Earth is only 6,000 years old. IT IS NOT. NO WHERE in the Bible does it say that nor is it backed by scientific findings. The Earth is most likely MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD. But, how can a person truthfully look at the intricate cell and all of its structuring to say it just happened? Do you assume a watch put itself together? A painting? ANYTHING? Bah, this is juvenile logic. If a person truly cannot comprehend that they are the most to be pitied. Like you Andre.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • Luke

      STUFF – incorrect. The earth is roughly 4.7 billion years old, not "millions". The bible does not state an exact age of the earth, but it does imply it when extracting timelines. Within the text, the earliest mention characters date back just 6,000 to 10,000 years and is widely accepted by many millions of young year creationist Christians. I can look at a cell and understand its origins very easily, but no where does it lead me to almighty creator. The many theories of evolution very clearly show us how simple cells have slowly changed via mutation into intricate systems over the course of time. It is a proven scientific fact at the macro and micro level. It's actually quite easy to even see in your daily life. When you get ill, your doctor treats you with medication that has to be changed as certain viruses, for example, have mutated to be resistant to older medications. Think TB – it has changed time and time again. Your stupid watch argument was addressed more than 20 years ago by Richard Dawkins. Essentially, take a look at E=MC^2. If we know something's mass and we multiply by the speed of light squared, we find its energy. The thing is, it works backwards too. That is, we can have energy that creates mass. That is our creation of the universe. The latest scientific research essentially states that yes...something can come from nothing.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
    • Al

      Luke, re Evolution and 'something can come from nothing..' is ridiculous. You can't get something from nothing, it's a scientific impossibility. Matter suddenly springing into existence, for no apparent reason and with no Intelligent cause behind it is, as I said perviously contradicts the laws of science. This latest scientific research you're talking about is simply incorrect, the 'Piltdown man hoax' is an example of what people are willing to do when they want to try to believe in something, at the expense of the truth. You could say that about believers I suppose, but those who practice true science are coming to the irrefutable conclusion that God does exist, others are trying to find 'new Scientific evidence' to suggest otherwise, it just takes more time for these 'proofs' to become obvious. The underlying point... atheists simply want to live the way they want to, and change the truth to fit their lifestyles so they don't feel guilt.....

      June 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  3. Kate

    Actually, I thought her answer was thoughtful and honest, not dim at all. It's sad that she's judged based on the fact that she wears outrageous clothes or doesn't sing the kind of music a particular person likes. Or that she doesn't feel the same way about religion as you ...

    @Lindsey ... What?! Talk about empty words. Crazy.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  4. Basil

    Why does one care if she is religious? Since when entertainers are role models? Why does one even asks her if she is spiritual or religious? Both words have different meanings to most so her answer would have no value anyway...In the end, she is a marketer who cannot be taken seriously talking about life (what does she really know?)

    June 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • eilsel

      Basil,

      THANK YOU!

      June 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  5. dave

    GAGA is awesome. Her music is original and intelligent... to a great beat. I admire her down to earth values... I too would love to buy her a beer in a local bar =) Go GAGA!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • sara

      I agree she is a great girl and should not be judged by others who have no interest in her and her style.

      June 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  6. Kathy

    I have to admit that I watched the entire Gaga interview and did enjoy it, but to put this on a blog about religion is just plain whack.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  7. T. Regan

    Since Lindsey has her belief, then she is chastised. Those who don't "believe" or those who don't share Christian views are right? Wouldn't it be something if Christians are right? What a concept that many are not willing to contemplate. Interesting...

    Yes, I am Christian and very honored and blessed that I am.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
    • dave

      The "what if" argument is always wrong... you base your whole life on a "what if" mentality and judge those who do not. I say, get a life......

      June 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • Luke

      See, that's the rub. Christianity cannot be right. Religion is faith based. If you concretely know something, then it is no longer based upon faith and your argument falls apart. Furthermore, countless claims of the bible ranging from the creation of the universe, age of the earth (and universe), global floods, living in whales, etc., have repeatedly been proven false. Therefore, remaining claims within the texts can easily be discounted as well. Something so easily accepted without evidence can just as easily be discounted.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • alan

      Wait wait wait. You are mad at people for employing the same tactic as most other Christians like Lindsey emplys? Its ok for you to belittle and deride people for not sharing your belief in Christianity, but if someone uses that tactic on you you cry foul? Thats why you are losing the morality war, try being inclusive and understanding instead of divisive like good old lindsey.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
    • Jon

      Amen, T. Regan!

      June 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
    • T. Regan

      @ dave – many what if questions, no arguments are posed. If it wasn't for what if questions, life would exist the way it is today. Ooops. That means I have a life.

      @ Luke – science continues to proves aspects of Christianity. It doesn't make it "wrong". It proves that things that we weren't sure have concrete basis. It doesn't remove faith in the Believer. If anything, it reinforces it.

      @ Alan – no one is belittling or deriding. I am just offering a different perspective with respect. In actuality, there is no morality war. The fact is that religion proves the importance of morality. Some who lack religion or spirituality lack morality and will use their own morals to justify their actions – notice I said SOME, not all. So if there is a war, those who lack religion and/or spirituality have merely given the war over to us. To them, I say thanks.

      @ Jon – Thanks!

      Keep posting, it's always interesting discussing with those with open minds.

      June 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      your books been plagerised from egypt and babylon, your present day churches are 501 registed irs s-corporations.....$$$$$$$

      June 3, 2010 at 12:16 am |
    • BuddaJesusAllahYahweh

      @T. Regan

      "@ dave – many what if questions, no arguments are posed. If it wasn't for what if questions, life would exist the way it is today. Ooops. That means I have a life."

      There are more christian views than yours or lindseys. There are thousands of established views of christianity. You nor lindsey do not hold the monopoly of what a true christian is. You dont get to order us or lady gaga on what a christian truly is.

      "@ Luke – science continues to proves aspects of Christianity. It doesn't make it "wrong". It proves that things that we weren't sure have concrete basis. It doesn't remove faith in the Believer. If anything, it reinforces it."

      Whatever science tells us can correct our view. Otherwise you just end up looking foolish like the Pope and Gallileo.

      "@ Alan – no one is belittling or deriding. I am just offering a different perspective with respect. In actuality, there is no morality war. The fact is that religion proves the importance of morality. Some who lack religion or spirituality lack morality and will use their own morals to justify their actions – notice I said SOME, not all. So if there is a war, those who lack religion and/or spirituality have merely given the war over to us. To them, I say thanks."

      You have won nothing. All us believers follow the moral we think are right. You chose your sliver of christianity because it appeals to you. So do all other followers of the different slivers of christianity or any other worldview.

      June 18, 2010 at 12:51 am |
  8. John

    "Religion and the Church are two separate things" she says. Actually, her comments are fairly lucid.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      john irs501 church corp$$$$$$$ok

      June 3, 2010 at 12:14 am |
  9. Ray

    Give her a break, Lindsey. She believes in a religion (Catholicism) while those who are merely "spiritual" possibly believe in many other things like nature, animals, friendship et al. Whoever said believing in such concepts is better than believing in a Supreme Being many of us call "God?" Lots of us also say "Jesus." We don't have to say "Jesus Christ" when referring to God.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
    • DENNIS

      It is absurd to hear those that still claim their affiliation to the church of the pedophiles. With this in mind, what sense do you think she would make. No one coming from this vein of ignorance could make any sense. No matter how many ways the BIBLE has been misrepresented, it is and has the only answer....JESUS!

      June 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • Al

      Careful Dennis, as I told Lindsey, don't judge the person. If you're a true Christian you would pray for her, rather than condemn. I hope you don't find at the end of your life, if you choose not to repent, to your Judge, rather than your Savior. 'Not everyone who says 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom...'

      June 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      lindsey bata eva+church+irs501=corporation

      June 3, 2010 at 12:12 am |
  10. Jonathan

    Go, Lindsey! Your answer makes more sense than 100s of others. I agree 100-percent. The opposition is both predictable and ageless.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      church=corp. irs 501........$$$$$

      June 3, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  11. kkly

    I think she is messed up.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
    • Willie12345

      She's just a musical Pam Anderson. Empty on the inside.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      envy of her is praise

      June 3, 2010 at 12:07 am |
  12. DMX

    "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." – Benjamin Franklin

    June 2, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
    • Bob

      Perfect! Love it!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  13. Christina

    It's hilarious to me how "intelligent" people still don't get it...freaks.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  14. Don

    What a dim wit! Next time Larry should just stick to asking her the easy stuff...like maybe what color she has on her nails? At least she'll have a chance to get near an answer that sounds responsive....... Good grief!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  15. Christina

    Lindsey....Wait, I won't actually comment, I can't. I don't know your last name, therefor I can't artfully articulate to the world that I believe you actually exist.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
    • Ruth

      I think what she said made perfect sense and actually reflects what many people are feeling right now. Many people believe in God and Jesus (or Jesus Christ, whichever...) but have mixed feelings about the church, especially with the church's old-fashioned ideas about gay people, abortion, etc.

      June 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      amen ra, i agree

      June 3, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  16. Lindsey

    Well there's the problem.. She's religious, not spiritual. Those who are truly connected with God know better. How any times has she said nothing but empty words?

    Aside from that, notice she never said who she prays TO. Even satan believes in God, and Jesus (note also she did not say Jesus Christ, just Jesus).

    What a load.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
    • Carlos

      Wow, Lindsey... Really ? You're the expert on who is Truly connected to God? i take it you mean only Yiu;re way is the correc t way? No, wait, let me guess... you're Christian, right ? Only your way is the correct way, right ? " What a load" is right

      June 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • DMX

      When people do not know what they are talking about, it is always best not to say anything at all. (Hint, Hint)

      June 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
    • dave

      Right on the money Carlos. Couldnt have said it any better.... such intolerance in the world....

      June 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
    • Luke

      Lindsey – wow. You're deluted babe. I can't even begin to construct a reasonable reply to you because it's impossible to debate someone like you. You're just a total mess regarding rational and reasonable thought. Your argument isn't even a fluent stream of thought.

      June 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
    • DENNIS

      I totally agree with you. Ignorance is bliss when confusion is your religion.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
    • Ryan

      I don't understand how @Lindsey is the only intolerant one. Whether you're a Christian or not, Jesus teaching's lay claim that he is the only way to God. So either he was bogus, or he wasn't. Either you buy into that, or you don't. The thing is, even if you don't, saying that she's intolerant for believing that makes YOU just as intolerant because you're trying to push a belief in spiritual relativity onto her. You are being just as intolerant @Carlos @DMX @dave @luke. It's one thing to disagree with someone's belief, but to do so in the guise of tolerance is just as ignorant and poor philosophically.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
    • Al

      Jessica, Lady Gaga has her faults for sure, but you shouldn't judge the person, this is God's perogative alone, Scripture tells us that. Jesus Christ does command us to love & pray for those we percieve as 'enemies' (although I doubt you consider Lady GG an enemy, maybe you do, not sure). Interestingly, and this is a historical fact, the Bible comes from the Catholic Church, so if you believe in the Bible, and undeniably the Bible comes from the Catholic Church, then it can't be all bad. Mother Teresa is one of many good fruits of the Catholic Church, St Francis, St Augustine.....

      June 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
    • Luke

      Ryan – notice how I said nothing about religion in my reply and was merely attacking her very poor construction of what is a simple argument? There is no guise here. The statements were a random jumbling mess. If you'd like to debate religion with me – let's rock...

      June 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • dmeredith

      I agree!

      June 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • dmeredith

      I agree with you Lindsey...and Luke if you want to talk about Jesus and the BIBLE lets ROCK..forget religion, lets talk facts, which is the BIBLE and which we all are to abide by...bapist, catholic, atheist, etc. If you don't know it then don't step to it... although you may have a Biblical nameI'm sure your heart and knowledge are far from the TRUTH.

      June 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
    • Missy

      @dmeredith – Sorry, but NO. There isn't one religious scripture on this planet the dominates all others. Not now, not ever.

      June 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
    • ServantoftheKing

      Looks like we all may find out if Jesus Christ is who He said He was in the not too distant future... I can't wait to take the train up!

      June 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
    • Michelle

      Are you suggesting that perhaps she's referring to some OTHER Jesus? LOL

      And so you're deciding now that being religious isn't enough? Judging people isn't very Christian either, so you might want to consider your own behavior before you go criticizing anyone else.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • Rafael

      this woman is pathetic. good music? yeah, right. role model? yeah right. even a beautifull woman? nottt 😛 i'm better off with JC. let me just say that: if whatever you believe turns out to be the thruth, i'm still saved. but if i'm right, you people are sooo screwed 😀

      June 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      well go give you root of all$evil money to the 501 corp.irs church then

      June 3, 2010 at 12:05 am |
    • Linda

      Does Santa Claus believe in God too?

      June 10, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  17. The Buddha

    Yeah right.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  18. dawson1488

    I would think you would at least need an album to go to #1 (in reference to the US) in order to be a sensation, much less a global one. It's crazy how much the media controls and influences opinion today.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
    • Steve

      Ummm, I would guess in your case, ignorance is bliss...her album, the Fame Monster, has spawned 7 #1 hits off of a single album, a feat not achieved by ANY other artist...Beatles, Elvis, none of them.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • TheKen

      Steve, he said her album... It's never reached number one... Pay attention.

      June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • jonathan

      uhm theken: he/she she didnt even use the word "her" or "she" what are you talking about. why dont YOU learn t read things more carefully?

      June 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
    • Michelle

      So having the first 7 singles go to dumber one isn't good enough? It's a feat no other musical act has managed to do.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
    • Tom

      dawson1488- Since when is having your album go #1 a requirement for being a global sensation? For your information, her album The Fame was number 2 in the US and #1 in many countries around the world. She has spawned seven straight #1 singles and that is unmatched by any other artist in the history of recorded music, but being a global sensation is more than just having successful singles. It means being an icon of a generation, one of the most influential people in the world, and an inspiration to fans all over the world. Lady Gaga is all of those things and more.

      June 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  19. dsallen

    I think her feelings reflect those of a lot of people.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
    • afb

      I agree. Especially in today's religious society it is very easy to be confused about religion – what religion is, why people fight and kill in the name of religion. Spirituality is different from religion, though (in my book at least). Religion is the act of worship: it can be anything from worshiping God or whatever deity you choose to worshiping Lady Gaga or oil or money. Spirituality, however, is where one begins to find enlightenment, compassion and peace. It's unfortunate that church and state have joined and church and spirituality have separated. Religion has basically become just another corporation that many people worship blindly.

      June 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  20. Mavent

    I think CNN needs a refresher course on what the words "religious" and "global sensation" actually mean.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
    • James

      ditto

      June 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
    • Jessica

      You know, she's the only artist to spawn 7 #1 hits from the same record. Beatles, Jackson, Madonna...none of them have done that. So what were you saying about global sensation? And um, catholic priests worldwide have been fondling little kids for eons, while the catholic church has by and large looked the other way...so who needs to understand the meaning of RELIGIOUS? thats what I thought...

      June 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • dave

      Amen Jessica... go gaga!!

      June 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • Bernie

      You have a point, Jessica, but the Beatles, Jackson, and Madonna were competing with good music. That makes their achievements more impressive. Seven #1 hits in this day and age is like winning the decathlon in the Special Olympics.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Jason from Hollywood CA

      I don't think you're all too kind for that response. Global sensation? Yes. But just because she isn't your cup of tea, you don't have to bash her. She's a better singer than most of the top40 talent in any genre. It is her job to entertain through music – not to fit into your idea of religion. I haven't heard about her drugging out on tour, she is pleasant on stage and in interviews, and as far as role models go – I think she is someone who worked hard to get where she is – and is having fun while it lasts, I mean those outfits are pretty funny.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
    • Ben

      @Bernie. You Win.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
    • thebigatheist

      Jessica, 7 #1's don't make her music the SAME as Jackson, the Beetles and even Madonna, are you crazy!!!? Lady Gaga will NEVER be what the aforementioned are today...Lady Gaga is a fad that will die away like the rest of these mainstream artist..you had the nerve to put her in the SAME damn sentence as Michael Jackson...are you kidding me? As for her religion...whatever...

      June 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
    • Chris Green

      Jessica, music sucks beyond all belief right now, that is why she was able to accomplish that feat.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • gagafan

      Who cares about religion anyway? They are just a bunch of hypocrites and/or child molesters, and yet there are tons of desperate and stupid people still believe them. I would rather believe in Lady GaGa cause she can make me smile and dance.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
    • John

      @Bernie – Beatles, Jackson and Madonna were all dismissed in their day as not being "good music". All were compared unfavorably to their predecessors. And all were marketed on the basis of their image as much as on their music. That's showbiz. Time will tell if Lady Gaga's material will last. Says a 38-year-old musician.

      June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • calitaxpayer

      Nevermind those definitions, I think they need a refresher on the term "newsworthy"

      June 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
    • Missy

      @ Jason from Hollywood – better than any top 40 artist from any genre?! What music are you listening to?! What ever it is – it ain't good.

      June 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
    • Eric

      But did she write all her songs?

      June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
    • Kevin

      Lady Gaga is very talented. She is just challenging the church and religione. You should read Sinead Oconners biography about what happened to her in the Catholic Childrens school where she lived growing up. Bad things....horrific things. a lot of corn holing going on in the catholic religion and even nuns were doing sadisdic things to girls in Ireland. I am a reformed catholic. I dont go anymore. But my booty stayed intact all those years. Lady Gaga...love you man!

      June 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
    • Jordan

      Jessica, if you're familiar with companies like Clear Channel Radio, its very easy to score "Top 40 Hits" when companies like these decide what you listen to and how often. Some of the most amazing music today, is rarely even heard.

      June 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • Unconventional?

      For as avant garde and brilliant the media has pinned her as, I'm quite disappointed about her stereotypical "afterlife" response. She accepts "inside the box" thinking about an afterlife as having a heaven and a hell. What about other options such as transcending reality for an example. I don't claim to know the answers but I would have thought the Gaga would have wow'd us by examining more unconventional ideas.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
    • Michelle

      And perhaps you need a refresher on what "opinion" is. It's fine if you don't like her, but like Jessica said, she's had 7 number one hits, so yeah, she's a global sensation. And as far as being religious, if you're Christian, then you must realize that Christ commanded that we not judge one another. Her religious life is between her and her god. It's no one else's place to judge whether she is or isn't religious.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
    • Lisa

      @ Mavent – yes a quick refresher course on the difference between religion, religious and spirituality. Everyone should check out The Nature of Existence at http://www.thenatureofexistence.com which seems promising in education the less knowing about religions (hopefully they will see it).

      June 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
    • Christy Wilson

      When Gaga gets to 18 #1 songs ( and I refer to the ALL IMPORTANT Hot 100-not the Pop chart) and therefore tying Mariah's record, then I may respect her. As far as I can tell, she doesn't compare to other genuine artists like Mariah. She is a flash-in-the-pan, here today gone tomorrow, freak show..move on.

      June 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
    • JJ

      Anyone that has to put on such a show is not that good of a singer. The act disguises a bad singer and always has !

      June 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
    • JC MAZE

      Even the devil believes in God......very religious???, they will know you by your fruit

      June 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • Tom

      @Eric-yes, she has written all of her songs.

      Lady Gaga is a very talented artist and those of you who say that she is not a global sensation need to get out from under the rock you are living under. As Jessica said, she has seven #1 singles straight to start her career and has showed no signs of stopping any time soon. She writes her own music and lyrics, and you shouldn't discount her success simply because you think "today's music sucks." That is your opinion, and I have my own opinion, but to say that Lady Gaga is neither a global sensation nor religious is simply wrong. We could argue about whether she is a great artist or not, but you should respect that fact that she claims to be religious and that she is a global sensation. Seven #1 singles don't lie.

      June 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
    • The Big Easy

      Bernier, did you just compare Lady Gaga to The Beatles? Are you serious? ARE YOU SERIOUS

      June 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
    • Joshua Hernandez

      hahaha @ Bernie

      June 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
    • Lucas

      Lady Gaga has two number one hits in the United States to date, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". She often claims to have six number one singles, but she is referring to Billboard magazine's Pop Songs (top 40 radio) chart, where "Just Dance", "Poker Face", "LoveGame", "Paparazzi", "Bad Romance" and "Telephone" have all reached the summit.

      The Beatles had more than 1 #1 on a few albums, perhaps all of them.

      June 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
    • Lucas

      Lady Bla Bla. The Beatles had like 21 #1 hits in the US alone. Some of them were #1 for 5-9 weeks! No one has or ever will do that!

      Check your facts people.

      June 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
    • mark

      I thought what she said was pretty standard, we have all heard it before but......If you do not believe that your belief system is not better thought out, more accurate,,,,,,and TRUE,,,,,why believe it? This does not mean you need to attack others, BUT it does mean that we all should have a belief system that we feel is truth. The idea that all are correct,,,,,that is counterintuitive. To me, it is Christianity with out question. It is truth, the rest are wrong,,,,that is why I am a devout believer but I am not going to hurt or opress any one ether. (don't box me in) In Christ, Mark

      June 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
    • jose

      lady gaga is an illuminati puppet youtube lady gaga n illuminati...she is in to the occult dont buy in to the lie...secret societies use pop culture n politicians to brainwash the masses...look how much she use the all seeing eye in her new video alejandro...do some research...stop worshiping american idols!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
    • Me

      @JJ Refering to your comment: "Anyone that has to put on such a show is not that good of a singer. The act disguises a bad singer and always has !"

      Amazing singer. Amazing shows. Cher.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:08 am |
    • LP

      I think Bernie hit it on the head. I could record my dog barking and do better than most of the noise out there.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • lol

      do you people enjoy being such tools? this is a pr stunt, everything about this women is fake. sure so you're a fan of her.....who cares, but please don't try to say this women is anything more than a corporate puppet. she's not unique, she's not original. madonna was doing the whole shock and awe thing while this women was in a cradle. and someone else before madonna.

      it's the same repetetive garbage spewed through the ages to mindless drones that eat this crap up. just another part of the show folks. "i'm religious, but look i can still be unique and be religious", is basically what she's saying. and then these morons come and debate whether she's immoral, and then you have the morons sticking up for her "hey it's okay, she said she's catholic, she's just a unique rebel" , no she isn't. she's here for one thing and one thing only, to get PR which = more record sales for her corporate masters. you just wasted that 5 minutes of you're life in an endless circle. more will come after gaga to try and out "shock" her and we'll all be back here again debating it. so what's the point?

      June 3, 2010 at 12:19 am |
    • smajek

      You are right everybody talk about religion in there own definition and version of understanding; which does not reflect the actual definition of religion. Religious is sacred not explicit or flamboyant as GAGA.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:32 am |
    • 3600

      they are treating her like she is a GOD
      she is entertaining but puh lease take the sunglasses off when you are being interviewed ...
      it is not like she came from no where like Madonna
      she had a wealthy upbringing

      June 3, 2010 at 7:45 am |
    • jose

      this reply is 4 SHAIARRA
      Revelation 3:14 (New International Version)

      To the Church in Laodicea
      14"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
      These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.
      the amen is Jesus and he was present in mankinds creation b4 any civilization roam earth.

      why would u say it started in egypt? who came first?

      John 1 (New International Version)

      John 1
      The Word Became Flesh
      1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
      3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood[a] it.

      6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.[b]

      10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent,[c] nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

      14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,[d] who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

      15John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' " 16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,[e][f]who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

      June 5, 2010 at 3:55 am |
    • Not necissarily a Gaga fan but...

      Wow, everyone's realy quick to jump on the nad wagon of hating her, I'm guessing because she's extremely popular and has great catchy pop sensibilities. Clearing a couple things up though:

      1. She writes her own music and cut her teeth in crappy bands and crappy venues to make it (check out youtube, she's always been and awesome performer).

      2. I don't believe anyone here compared her artistically to the Beatles, MJ, or Madonna; rather they compared record sales. She has in fact done something they never did.

      3. She doesn't even claim to be making "important art". She has said in multiple interviews that she wants to make music that people can groove to in clubs, so say what you want but she is not pretentious and her combination of catchy music and creative costumes and visuals is certainly entertaining at the very least.

      4. I don't care when you are making music, 7 straight number one singles certainly qualifies as a phenomenon. No one is saying that it makes her a hall of fame artist, but that is impressive no matter how weak the music out there is (and there's always weak busic btw...I mean Madonna and MJ had a lot of hits in the 80's....THE 80's FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!!

      June 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
    • Citi-Zen

      To Bernie: How does a person in this "day and age" find it appropriate to use the Special Olympics as an illustration for UNaccomplishment? As the parent of a child with disabilities, I can assure you most of these kids and adults work harder to get where they are than you or Lady Gaga could imagine.

      June 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • McCluck

      She is creepy ::Shudder::

      I heard her sing live on youtube and i must say, she actually can sing. This makes her better than 99 percent of popular singers today. Put her in the past, when music wasnt so terrible, and it would be interesting to see how she would do. My guess is that she never would have stood out enouph for people to discover her. She has our current low standards for music to thank for most of her success.

      Catholicism? who cares.....Well then again, at least she isnt shaving her head and taking drugs in front of the teeny boppers

      June 8, 2010 at 10:38 am |
    • Deb

      Christianty is a great religion....now if only it's believers practiced what they preach.....Ghandi

      June 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
    • Karen

      Religious? A Catholic? Bahahahahahah bahahahhahahahaha.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
    • celticfaerie

      Jessica- Where are you getting this information?

      June 9, 2010 at 9:03 am |
    • Mike

      @Bernie The Beatles, you mean those kids with the crazy long hair and that devil rock and roll music? You people sound no different in your criticism of mamma monster lady gaga than your parent criticism to rock n' rollers of the 50's and 60's.

      June 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
    • Saganhill

      Well, Jesica, the only reason she has 7 #1 hits from the same album is because tone-deaf poeple like you listen to it and buy it. The Beatles are/were way more talented than she is. There is no comparison...

      June 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
    • AsNaturalasgas

      Who cares about this??? So much else going on right now ...

      June 10, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
    • Richard Shaluly

      Rah-Rah Ah-Ah-Ah Rroma-Rromaha- Ga Ga ooh La La Watch out dat Rooooomaaaance....

      June 11, 2010 at 10:40 am |
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