April 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM ET
Lady Gaga's best friend is controversy, so on some level the latest should come as no surprise.
In "Judas," Gaga's new single and video (which is expected to debut Tuesday), Gaga sings from Mary Magdalene's perspective, with lyrics such as, "When he comes to me, I am ready/ I'll wash his feet with my hair if he needs/ Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain/ Even after three times, he betrays me/ I'll bring him down, a king with no crown ..."
The Catholic League President Bill Donohue issued a statement calling the singer out, saying, "This is a stunt ... Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general: she dresses as a nun ... she swallows the rosary. She has now morphed into a caricature of herself."
Laurieann Gibson, Gaga's creative director and co-director for the "Judas" video told the The Hollywood Reporter that the video isn't meant to offend; it's about a "new Jerusalem."
"We don't touch on things that we have no right touching upon, but the inspiration and the soul and idea that out of your oppression, your darkness, your Judas, you can come into the marvelous light," she told THR. "So it's about the inspiration and to never give up ... We've created a new Jerusalem."