The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue has issued a press release condemning Lady Gaga’s music video for her new single Alejandro. Donohue accuses Gaga of mimicking Madonna and criticizes the singer for “abusing Catholic symbols,” and “bleating out ‘Alejandro’ enough times to induce vomit.” The always tolerant Donahue then invites Gaga to return to her Catholic roots, but notes — in a somewhat bizarre editorial comment — that Gaga should treat Catholics like Muslims:
Like Madonna, Lady Gaga was raised Catholic and then morphed into something unrecognizable. “So I suppose you could say I’m a quite religious woman that is very confused about religion,” she told Larry King last week.
That she is confused is an understatement. In any event, we hope she finds her way back home. In the meantime, Catholics will settle for her treating us like Muslims.
Donohue has long believed that Christianity is superior to Islam and has often criticized American culture for equating the two. In 2007, Donohue protested New York City’s first Arabic-themed public school “on the grounds that it’s affording some people more religious freedom than others.” Donohue complained, “ Muslims just got off the plane and they’ve got an opportunity to put up their religious symbol, the Islamic Star and Crescent.” Donohue also criticized the movie “2012” for not blowing up Muslim symbols at the same frequency as Catholic symbols, and suggested that “Muslims killing Christians in Nigeria is far, far worse than Christians killing Muslims in Nigeria.”
Interestingly, Steven Klein — the director of Gaga’s Alejandro video — has already responded to the furor surrounding the clip. “The religious symbolism is not meant to denote anything negative, but represents the character’s battle between the dark forces of this world and the spiritual salvation of the Soul,” he said. “Thus at the end of the film, she chooses to be a nun, and the reason her mouth and eyes disappear is because she is withdrawing her senses from the world of evil and going inward towards prayer and contemplation.”