Gaga for Betrayal
“When he comes to me, I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times, he betrays me.”
In this allusion to the night that Judas betrayed Jesus, Gaga uses the storyline of how Jesus washed the feet of His Disciples even though He knew of actions that were going to take place that night. In this sense, I feel that Gaga is holding herself as one that is comparable to Jesus Christ. She sings of the things she did/would do for Judas whom she loves so much that she would suffer the same pains as Christ did before He died. In forgiving Judas for betraying her, Gaga also comments on how she would still forgive him after betraying her three times. In the Bible, Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss on the cheek and then commits suicide. It was Peter that betrayed/ denied Jesus three times showing that this is one of the times that the number three is referenced in the Bible and clearing up any hints that it was Judas.
Gaga also uses the story of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus in a way that she almost hails him as an epically tragic hero. In her last verse, Gaga proclaims, “Jesus is my virtue, And Judas is the demon I cling to…” With this line, Lady Gaga reveals how she knows that loving a person like this will lead her down a road of destruction since she now considers Judas a demon. In a religious sense, Gaga has let herself fall in love with one who is not only considered, if not is, the biggest betrayer in all of history but also one who goes against Catholic wishes and commits suicide after his actions. If Gaga is so in love with him, why would she choose to fall in love with one who is so devastatingly tragic? This love that she sings about in her song just brings forth the unnaturally controversial sides of Lady Gaga’s music that captivates so many. One can only suspect that she does this for publicity, but there is also the aspect that many have their own different beliefs and have separate ways of showing them. But in this video, I feel that Gaga mocks Christianity too much as she rides with 12 bikers each with the name of a Disciple on their jackets and one that has a gold and jeweled crown of thorns.