December 15, 2017

Lady Gaga’s Judas Video Uncovered

In this article we’re going to strip the Lady Gaga Judas video down to the bare and beautiful basics. Of course if you’ve already seen the Lady Gaga Judas video uncut, then you’ve also already seen the pop queen’s barely there ensembles and know there really isn’t a whole lot to be stripped off. We could debate over the meaning of Lady Gaga’s Judas video for far longer than the seven minutes of sensationalized eye candy really deserve, but we’d much rather talk about the Judas video imagery and – more importantly – Gaga’s many fantastic costume changes. To quote another famous instigator, “Where does [s]he get those wonderful toys?”

Thankfully for fashion fans, this is one video where the artist chose to go sexual instead of conceptual. The end result is so naughty we’re half worried that Lady Gaga is going to get struck by lightning. Clearly going to hell draped in body-hugging chiffon or a velveteen catsuit beats going in a hand basket. Lady Gaga may be singing that she’s “in love with Judas,” but when the Lady Gaga Judas pics leaked a week before the video’s release, it was pretty clear that what she was really in love with was her own taut body.

Lady Gaga has said repeatedly that her use of Judas is a metaphor, and the core of the meaning of Lady Gaga’s Judas video metaphor is clear in the line, “Jesus is my virtue, and Judas is the demon I cling to.” Throughout the video we see her struggle, and while that struggle is conveyed through religious symbolism that symbolism is so twisted it’s hard to believe anyone could take it for an attack on the Catholic church. A provocation? Definitely, but not an attack.

So what’s Lady Gaga really struggling with? Other than her range of motion in those thigh-high vinyl hooker boots, that is. There are a lot of theories. Some say the song is religious, despite Gaga’s many protests to that interpretation, but that it deals with the singer’s own faith and how her fame has tested it more so than with Christian doctrine as a whole. Others take the video’s steamy slant as a signal that the Judas lyrics are about a romantic struggle. Doesn’t every woman eventually struggle between her want for a good man and her lust for bad boys? (Are we the only ones that caught the irony of Gaga’s people casting one of the original Boondock Saints as Judas?)

Some of the artist’s fans have taken their interpretations of the Lady Gaga Judas video to the far edge of reason. Considering that the singer herself is already there they may be the closest to the truth. When analyzing the Lady Gaga Judas video uncut, there have been almost as many references to Fellini, and from the less film savvy to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, as to the Bible. It’s easy to pinpoint the Judas video imagery we all recognize first – the crosses, the thorny crown, the color blue and the water are all overtly Christian – but there are also Egyptian and pagan influences in the makeup and costumes. There might even be a little bit of the other King (aka Elvis) in there somewhere.

Bearing that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the significance of each of Lady Gaga’s many costume changes. She appears first as Mary Magdalene then alternately as Salome, the Madonna, Jesus’ consort, his protector, a bishop, a Venus-esque goddess unwilling baptized, and eventually – the Lady just can’t catch a break – a condemned virgin bride.

You can conjecture all you want on the fate of Gaga’s soul, but you have to admit her wardrobe is heavenly.

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