Allegedly, a new song from Lady Gaga called Judas is whipping up controversy. I’m somewhat less than a committed member of Ms. Gaga’s fan-club, and have insufficient patience to decipher her song — although I did attempt to listen to it — but reports say some lyrics go like this:
I want to love you/but something’s pulling me away from you/Jesus is my virtue, and Judas is the demon I cling to/ I’m just a holy fool/ oh baby he’s so cruel/ but I’m still in love with Judas, baby.
In today’s world (or at least the Western world), when it comes to secular entertainers and commentators, I think there is a case to be made that blasphemy is the sincerest form of flattery. Whatever message her song may be trying to convey, the fact that it bases itself on this perceived dichotomy between Jesus and Judas only betrays the writer’s fascination with the story and the ideas of Christianity. And only that which at least may be true could be that fascinating.
The most provocative element of all this is the timing of the release. This Wednesday is known as Spy Wednesday or Holy Wednesday, and for Christians commemorates the day that Judas made his deal to betray Jesus, and it’s followed by Holy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper and the night that Judas went ahead with his betrayal. It hardly seems coincidental that Lady Gaga is releasing this song this week. She’s likely trying to garner maximum opprobrium and therefore maximum exposure. Note to Gaga: I get the feeling that you’re already over-exposed.