Lebanon Not Gaga Over Lady Gaga!
The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] craze may be sweeping the nation and the globe. But, authorities in Lebanon aren’t so crazy about the notoriously controversial music star. Boxfuls of Lady Gaga’s newest album “Born this Way” have been intercepted and impounded at Beirut’s international airport by Lebanese authorities late last week.
Despite having sold millions of copies worldwide, Lady Gaga’s album isn’t for sale in Lebanese music stores for now because they are viewed as potentially offensive to the country’s Christian population. The CDs are collecting dust in the country’s police offices until a formal decision to ban the sizzling hot second studio release is made.
[photogallerylink id=77979]Lady Gaga’s latest album is especially controversial for its Christian imagery. Brought up as a Catholic, the singer is known to use themes of religion and sexuality to promote her provocative music. Her “Judas” music video presents the 12 disciples of Christ as scruffy bikers in leather jackets who dance around the singer who is trying to decide who she’s going to worship, Judas or Jesus.
“In the most biblical sense, I am beyond repentance,” Gaga sings.
In Labanon, this kind of music is also beyond repentance. Anything that refers to religious figures or Israel is directly censored by the Lebanese General Security in a joint effort with the Ministry of Information. But, Gaga’s “Little Monsters” are hopeful there will be a compromise. Instead of a complete ban, fans are hoping only certain songs and lyrics will be censored.
“We care that this CD be released because it will produce great revenue. Lady Gaga has a huge fan base in Lebanon,” said Fady Masoud, senior music supervisor at Virgin Megastore’s main branch in Lebanon.
For now, Gaga fans are trying to download their idol’s music off the internet or through “inside connections.”