Even before its release, the clip “Judas” by Lady Gaga, the second from her new album “Born This Way” sparked controversy.
The clip opens with a scene showing a dozen bikes on the road, dressed in leather jackets, with the name of each of the apostles written on their backs. At the front of the procession, a motorcyclist is shown wearing a golden crown of thorns and impersonating Jesus, carrying with him a Lady Gaga in the role of Mary Magdalene.
The clip continues in a small village where all these people come together to dance on Lady Gaga’s music. She claims that Jesus is her virtue, but that she’s attracted by Judas, the traitor, played here by Norman Reedus, known for his role as Daryl Dixon in the series The Walking Dead.
The singer’s brand new video was co-directed with her artistic director, Laura Gibson.
The online version of the clip lasts for a bit more than 5 minutes. A new version was released on Thursday night and it’s over 7 minutes.
To view the short version, go to Lady Gaga’s site.