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. akm

    Madonna Lite......................

    June 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  2. D

    Oh good grief, some people whine about anything. If she dressed up as the Jolly Green Giant some loser would whine about that too. Give it a break already. If you don't like what you are seeing, turn the channel or turn it off, you don't have to watch it.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  3. david

    2 wars...economy in shambles...oil flowing freeing with no end in sight...and people are concerned over shi* like this. THAT is the problem not what a performer decides to wear.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  4. Veronica

    Respect & reverence are the key issues here, nothing more. Everybody has something they hold sacred albeit God, their mother, their grandmother – whatever it is that you hold dear, should not be trampled on out of respect for fellow human beings.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  5. Bubba

    But, fart jokes are funny, Katy.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
    • Merkin for the Weekend

      Hear, here

      June 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
    • Bubba

      Hey, you ain't me! I kinda agree though.

      June 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  6. Joe

    Let's see her dress up as the prophet Muhammad. Come on, use your art to break that taboo. Cluck, cluck.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  7. kenny8076

    here we go again, the religious freaks getting all twisted up over someone doing what they are legally and allowed to do. its funny how they are allowed to judge and tell me im going to hell but as soon as someone mocks or laughs at them for wanting to be weak and pray to some sky ferry to justify being a "good" person the whole world stops.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  8. S. Gecht

    Why is it that musicians always satire the Christian and Catholic faiths? Why not Muslims?

    June 17, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  9. Mimi

    This woman is getting exactly what she wants out of her shock-value performance techniques.
    She is in the 21st century what Madonna was in the 20th. Nothing more, nothing less.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  10. Lorin

    Who is Katy Perry to have even formed an opinion at all of Lady Gaga? lol And, honestly people can say all they want about Gaga but as far as she's concerned she could care less as to what anyone else has to say about her and so far everything she has done has been working out great for her!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  11. R. A. Williamson


    It nice that bits of data are cheap put please stop wasting so many of them.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  12. butlerbulldawg74

    if gaga can 'evolve', i think she could eventually be compared to madonna. there is no doubt in my mind she is a genius. her music is the most creative and interesting to enter the pop scene in a long time. (there are lots of other good alt groups, but they don't fall into the pop category, imho).

    June 17, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  13. lenssavvy13

    It cracks me up that over the years males have grabbed crotches, have been filmed with girls young enough to be their daughers scantily dressed, have been complete bad asses to the ninth degree with violence towards females but when a woman like lady Gaga or Madonna push their creative limits they get dissed. They are expressing their art by sound and visuasl to make clear statements, whether you agree with them or not. It is free speech and expression and not meant to offend anyone. What you take from these performances are of your own device and if you are opposed simply quit watching music videos.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  14. arcangel

    The core of religion is to teach us to be a good person, always do the right thing, be honorable, and act with integrity. The other trappings (garb, hymns, traditions, baubbles, etc.) of religion are irrelevant to the over arching purpose. As such, when one mocks religion, God, Jesus, etc., they are really mocking the message and the purpose. Rebellion against being a decent person? Greed is good? Life is about what I can get and screw you?

    More than 50% of U.S. marriages end in divorce. There are millions of abortions in the U.S. each year. The U.S. has the highest crime rate in the world. The U.S. has the highest execution rate in the world. The U.S. has the highest prison population in the world. The U.S. has started more wars than any civilization in the history of the world. In the "war of terror," the U.S. has killed over a million innocent women and children as collateral damage. The U.S. is the richest country in the world and yet it's citizens die of hunger every day.

    Regardless of whether you believe in God or religion, the facts are that there are very few of us here in the U.S. that are actually good people who do the right thing, honorably and with integrity.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  15. James

    I would actually have to see the video to see the context of how the nun outfit was used, before I passed judgement.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  16. neil

    This is silly

    June 17, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  17. Randy

    Strange lady...I've never listened to her music (I'm a classic rock fan) but obviously she appeals to many people. I am a Christian, but personally don't care if she wants to dress as a nun as part of her act. The Catholic Church has much bigger issues to worry about than some slightly strange musician in a funny outfit. As for you non-believers, you are welcome to your opinions about religion and God. I have my beliefs and you have yours. No reason to hate each other becasue our beliefs are different.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  18. Jack

    Her sin is one of lacking in originality.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  19. Doug

    It wasn't a nun's outfit, per se. The main symbolism was of a crusader's tunic, not a habit. Geez, no one plays Assassin's Creed at CNN?

    June 17, 2010 at 6:32 am |
    • ballz

      Do you have the time to post here? I think your EQ2 account just expired...shouldnt you be renewing it? 😛

      June 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  20. mmi16

    Provacation for entertainments sake....

    How novel.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:53 am |
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