Lady Gaga's Resistance

 

 

 

 

originally published‏ April 25, 2011.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what I think Lady Gaga is doing with her new song Judas and the horns on her head. I think that she is taking a critical approach to the notion of demonization. The bible demonizes gay people and is used to justify prejudice and homophobia. As a spokesperson for gay-rights she is making the symbol for demonization, concrete. What she is doing is radical and dangerous. People resist challenge to a belief-system. I  can intellectualize what she’s doing but many cannot and believe that she is the devil incarnate. To take what she is doing at face-value  is to miss the point.