Lady Gaga’s Latest Album Banned in Lebanon

According to the LA Times, boxfuls of Lady Gaga’s new album, “Born This Way,” were intercepted late last week at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon.  Officials said that the music was confiscated because it was potentially offensive to Christians.  Reports were floating around today that the album had been officially banned from sale in Lebanon under a law which stipulates that “distributors are prohibited from circulating media that diverges from public decency and morality, or is at odds with nationalistic or religious beliefs.” 

Since Maronite Christians comprise 20% of Lebanon’s population, if “Born This Way” was indeed offensive to Christianity, this would be a clear infraction of the law.  One of the album’s songs, “Judas,” was already banned from Lebanese radio earlier this spring.

“We collected the CDs on the grounds that the music was offensive to religion,” said one official from the office of censorship, according to the LA Times. “They are still in our offices. We are still deciding what to do with them.”

The puzzling thing is that although Lady Gaga was clearly trying to be provocative, both in the lyrics and music video for “Judas,” which depicts the twelve apostles as tough-looking bikers, accompanied by Lady Gaga’s assertion, “I’m just a holy fool, but I’m still in love with Judas.”  But the song doesn’t succeed in its attempts to be offensive – in terms of religious imagery, it’s mostly nonsensical.  As far as I’m concerned, there are more references to Madonna in the video than the Gospels.  That’s why it’s confusing that Lebanese officials think “Judas” – or anything else on the album – is worth banning.

The people who seem the most concerned are distributors, who are alarmed by they might not be allowed to sell this lucrative album.  But surely Lebanese Christians have better things to do than raise a fuss over a song which fails to provoke anything except confusion.

 

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32 comments

Emily Drew
Emily Drew4 years ago

I think they had a major over reaction

Allan Yorkowitz
.4 years ago

Why would anyone be surprised at Lebanon's control over its people? Now, if, she recorded a disc called "Jew Haters", she'd make a fortune.

colleen p.
colleen p.4 years ago

what dosen't offend Christians? I go read movie reviews from christain answers dot com, for "lulz". and it leaves me face-palming and head desking.

twlight is good because the two "lovebirds" aren't having mad crazy sex, but some other film will be offensive because the environmental message is to much like
"humans are scum, nature is god, earth is more important, environmentalism is to much like nature worship. HeAtHeNs iN HoLlyWoUlD are Godless!"

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

noted

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

I think we should ALL ban Michael Buble....

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

I am not a fan of Lady Gaga but after reading the comments here, I think I must be in some backwards fascist country, certainly can't be America...land of the "Constitution" or "Bill of Rights"....

Alice Wedderburn
Past Member 4 years ago

way to go Lebanon! :)

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.4 years ago

Actually the head of Lebanon's Security for publications says, after some initial confusion, it has not been banned and is now available in stores (see Lebanon Daily Star):

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Music/2011/Jun-09/Not-banned-Lady-Gaga-CD-distributed-for-sale-in-Lebanon.ashx#axzz1OkSP4qMT

Why is what Lebanon thinks important? Because Lebanon is to the Mideast as Switzerland is to Europe: a multicultural, multi-ethnic state that reflects a wide diversity of views. The original flap was actually due to the objections of local Christian authorities.

Mara C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Why do we care what they do in Lebanon anyway????

Anne-Marie V.
Anne-Marie Vogl4 years ago

Thank-you Lebanon!