Monday, April 18, 2011

Comment on Lady Gaga's Judas on Someone's Facebook

"I agree that she's using a metaphor, although she mixes her metaphors with reference to "three times", which is the wrong act (denying, not betraying) and wrong person (Peter, not Judas). This Biblical reference alongside ancient Christian pracices such as washing others' feet with your hair are evidence that she's not innocently using "Judas" as a general term but rather intentionally conjuring the stories and images of Judas Iscariot. (Judas protested, according to the gospel of John, the woman who washed Jesus's feet with her tears and annointed him with expensive perfume, arguing that the money could be used to serve the poor.) Even when "Judas" is used in common speech to describe someone who is traitorous, the term cannot be removed from Judas Iscariot, from where it derives. In fact, when someone is called a Judas, they are being called the *worst* kind of traitor, someone who would betray even the Messiah after given the distinction of a chosen disciple thereof. There is so much wrapped up in that name alone that even Judas Thaddeus is now known as Jude so as not to taint his sainthood by summoning the thought of Judas Iscariot. So, in my opinion, she is crystal clear what the name "Judas" entails, as she's nothing if not good at getting people talking. The song itself refers to being offended and wearing an "ear condom" to prevent hearing something undesireable to you, not to mention the name of Jesus is used -- "Jesus is my virtue, but Judas is the demon I cling to" -- a (possibly accidental) reference to Luke's account that Satan himself posessed Judas. She sings of being "just a horny fool", which compells her to be "still in love with Judas". Meanwhile the single cover has a cross on it. So as not to go on even longer, I won't get into the Gnostic interpretations of Judas, or the age old point that Jesus, who was God and therefore inerrant, knew that Judas would betray him and told him as much, so Judas was powerless to prevent his actions. (Judas in this sense was both necessary to the salvation of humanity and doomed.) Anyway, I like the song and hope the video is as interesting as the character of Judas."

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