Lady Gaga’s ‘Judas’ Video Leaks!
It was only a matter of time before Lady Gaga's epic and anticipated spectacle of a video for 'Judas' leaked. The video, which was co-directed by Gaga and her creative director Laurieann Gibson, is every inch the religious mini-film it's been touted as. It's supposed to "officially" debut tonight on E! at 7PM ET, with a short form version airing on 'American Idol' after 8PM ET.
With that being said, this is what we saw. The video opens with Gaga cruising on a stretch of freeway on the back of a motorcycle, clinging to the driver, who is wearing a crown of thorns. It's Gaga portraying polarizing biblical figure Mary Magdalene and the driver must be Jesus Christ himself! The gang of bikers looks like the Hells Angels and they are coming to wreak some havoc.
An epic dance sequence unfolds in an exotic locale and Gaga sports her signature cat-eye liner, bold lips and dagger-shaped nails as she works up a sweat by dancing in a frenzy among her crew of dancers. There are several costume changes and plenty of haute couture fashion ensembles. In essence, it's a Lady Gaga video through and through.
'Judas' is sure to piss off the conservatives and the Catholics, as Gaga's parochial school upbringing and education influence the imagery in the video. Sure, she is perverting images that most people hold near and dear, but she is hardly being blasphemous. Consider the 'Judas' vid a modernized and informed update of a classic Biblical tale.
Gaga sports what looks like the Sacred Heart safety-pinned to her shirt in one scene and there is the symbolic and ceremonial washing of the feet, too. The betrayal, AKA the Judas Kiss, also happens. The most visually arresting scene is of Gaga appearing to walk on water, with a massive wave crashing at her back.
It's an intense handful of minutes. It's also a bold and beautiful short film.
Watch the Lady Gaga 'Judas' Video