Thursday may be Cinco de Mayo, but as it turns out it's also Cinco de Gaga. May 5 is the day that Lady Gaga releases her video for "Judas." Fans are eager to see what Gaga and her creative director, Laurieann Gibson, who co-directed the clip, have in store for the latest entry into Gaga's videography.
The video is certainly bound to have some people responding to the religious undertones included in it, but Gaga points out that the clip isn't meant to cause an uproar. "I don't view the video as a religious statement. I view it as social statement. I view it as a cultural statement. It's a metaphor," she told E! News in a new interview. "It's not meant to be a biblical lesson."
An uncut, seven-minute version of the "Judas" video will officially premiere at 7 p.m. ET on E!, and Gaga reveals more in a conversation that will be shown along with the clip. But if fans can't wait for more tidbits and images from the video, no worries — Gaga is giving another first look on her Twitter.
Mother Monster tweeted an image of a woman's rosary-bead-covered hand (presumably hers) holding a gun, with lipstick peeking out of the barrel, up to the face of a man. While the entire face of the man can't be seen, it's safe to say that it's actor Norman Reedus, who plays the Judas character in the clip. Accompanying the photo is a message that reads, "THE JUDAS KISS: a betrayal of a prophecy fulfilled?"
Another image also popped up on the Internet that appears to be from a dance sequence from the video. It looks like Gaga is in an alleyway that seems to be somewhere in Latin America, wearing biker-girl chic clothes (bandana, leather), surrounded by dancers
In another recent interview, Gaga revealed that she plays a Mary Magdalene character in the video, and that the clip was in part inspired by a famous Italian filmmaker. "Well, I want to allow the video to speak for itself, but I will say that the theme of the video and the way that I wanted to aesthetically portray the story was as a motorcycle [Federico] Fellini movie, where the apostles are revolutionaries in a modern-day Jerusalem," she said. "But it's meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it."
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