Lady Gaga banned in Lebanon

The Guardian has reported today that copies of Lady Gaga’s new album, “Born This Way” will be banned and censored in Lebanon.

What is the reason behind this banning and censorship?

The answer is:  that it offensive to Christianity.

A certain song on the album named ‘Judas’ is scarcely filled with heresy: “I’m just a holy fool,” Gaga sings, “but I’m still in love with Judas.” The video is a controversial one. Llady Gaga flirts with Judas, Jesus and pretty much every character in the video. It has caused many to oppose the release of the album in Lebanon.

“If they are going to offend us we are going to cancel the album,” explained Father Abdo Abu Kassm, director of the Catholic Information centre. “We will not accept that anyone insult the Virgin Mary or Jesus or Christianity … Call us traditional, call us backward, call us whatever you want. We will not accept it.”

Christians can get offended by these sorts of issues. Though I firmly believe that censoring isn’t the route to take when dealing with what we think is disrespectful against Christianity.

I would suggest, as others have, that Christians use this sort of media to explain faith, to evangelise and actively engage in apologetics. Whilst this sort of disrespect is hurtful, it is getting people to talk about Jesus, God and Christianity. Surely this is the sliver lining in a grey cloud?

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @

  • AJ

    I think I agree with the decision made by the Christians in Lebanon on this one. When we are young our parents censor materials from us to preserve our innocence and because they know as children we shouldn’t be looking or hearing certain things. I think this applies for Christians aswell, I believe more Christian men should be standing up for our beliefs and not making any compromises against our faith to any worldy things. Daniel in the Bible would not compromise his faith in God even down to the food that he ate and that was how God was shown to the people and how God was glorified, not through worldly materials such as Lady Gaga’s new video.
    I would have to disagree with you and say Christians should use the Bible and perhaps other biblical books to evangelise and explain faith because there is power in the Gospel and that power isn’t found in any twisted Gaga videos.

    • You make some good points, AJ.

      But I would maintain that censoring isn’t always the right way to go. Where does the censoring stop? Should we censor kids from learning about the Big Bang and Evolution if we’re creationists? Of course not! Whilst these may be classed as ‘worldly ideas’ , it is important for us to be aware of what others think. With Lady Gaga, it’s important to know what the media portrayal of Christianity and the Bible is. And to provide an answer to that.

      If people don’t like Lady Gaga and see her things as offensive, then why not choose to not buy the stuff, or to not get involved with it? Censoring it only causes people to hide what’s really out there, and I can imagine that it entices people to look at it even more. If they do, is it then against the law? Are they punished?

      We have to be careful when we censor things. Of course, against little children I completely understand. Indeed, I’ve recently done a post on why we should censor/age rate music videos. But to censor it on a national scale is a bit far I think. Christianity is a faith which is based on freedom. And God allows us to choose between good and bad. Therefore, it shouldn’t matter if Lady Gaga isn’t censored in Lebanon; it simply won’t make a difference, because those who are consciously against the music album won’t buy it, promote it, see it, or talk about it in a way which brings it into the homes of those people.

      • AJ

        Yeah that’s absolutely right, when I read that Lebanon have censored it I assumed it to be as the people standing up and saying we don’t want this in our house as it goes against what we believe in, whereas in reality it’s probably just a decision made by a few people to censor it from the rest of the population.
        No I don’t believe that censorship applies to evolution or the big bang theory, I would say that comes under education not entertainment, worldy entertainment should be avoided by Christians but not education and I think we need to realise that there is a distinct difference between the two and I believe this worldy entertainment should not be used as education or evangelism which is why it is right for Christian’s to remain innocent to this form of entertainment it in my opinion.
        Yes it should definitely be a decision by each individual to say that they choose not to buy into worldy entertainment but at the same time, the people put into a place of authority such as Abdo Abu Kassmhave have a duty to uphold the beliefs of the area and a duty to be the example of what the beliefs say about these issues, so maybe instead of banning or censoring such videos, they should advise/preach against it.. perhaps