Lady Gaga answers religious blogger over claims about Catholic celebrities

'We are not just "celebrities" we are humans and sinners, children, and our lives are not void of values because we struggle' 

Pop singer Lady Gaga
Pop singer Lady Gaga

Like Madonna and a number of singers before her, Lady Gaga has weaved biblical imagery and verses into various songs and performances throughout her career.

Gaga, a practising Catholic, took issue with an article suggesting celebrities share bible quotes while still living a “typical Hollywood lifestyle void of Christian values such as modesty and purity”. It also included a list of Catholic celebrities, beginning with Gaga.

The 30-year-old responded with a post on Instagram on Wednesday.

“Mary Magdalene washed the feet of Christ and was protected and loved by him. A prostitute. Someone society shames as if she and her body are a man's trash can. He loved her and did not judge. He let her cry over him and dry his feet with the hair of a harlot.

“We are not just ‘celebrities’ we are humans and sinners, children, and our lives are not void of values because we struggle. We are as equally forgiven as our neighbour. God is never a trend no matter who the believer.”

After alluding to Christianity in some of her more controversial work, Madonna has been criticised by a number of religious figures over the years. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore warned Church followers they had a “moral obligation” not to support “anti-Christian and immoral values” ahead of her concert in the country earlier this year.

Likewise, Gaga provoked controversy with the video for her song “Judas”, where the cross is featured heavily throughout and Jesus is shown wearing a crown of thorns while riding on a motorbike. Gaga is shown washing the feet of Judas at the send of the song and lyrics also reference Bible verses such as “I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs”, from Luke 7:38.

“Judas” proved particularly controversial among religious groups for its mesh of pop, religious metaphors, and sexuality and Gaga was accused of using shock tactics to garner publicity. But Judas actor Norman Reedus insisted causing offence was never her intention, telling Rolling Stone at the time: “Gaga is super Catholic, and gets everyone together for a prayer before everything she does, she's super religious. She's definitely cool enough to not want to offend people or be offensive.”

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