So Lady Gaga has done it. Got herself to be banned!… The true measure of a true controversial artist success!
It turns out the Lebanese government found her album “Born This Way” to contain lyrics way too offensive to allow the album to be sold in stores.
According to The Huffington Post the Lebanese government “impounded shipments of ‘Born this Way” due to its alleged insults to Christianity and because of its all around bad taste”.
Although Lebanon is an Arab country, a big chunk of its population is Christian. The Lebanese government has proved no to be too crazy for Gaga, as they banned her song “Judas” from the airwaves earlier this year.
They insist Gaga uses these strong songs against Christianity as a stunt to grab attention.
In fact, in the United States, Catholic league President Bill Donahue said in a statement:
“This is a stunt… Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general: she dresses as a nun… she swallows the rosary. She has now morphed into a caricature of herself”.
Well, if the Lebanese government or Mr. Donahue knew a thing or two about celebrity and public relations, they would know that by criticizing her publicly, talking about her, and banning her music, they’re bringing about exactly the opposite of what they’re trying to accomplish.
According to reports, her song was also banned from Malaysia.
“What I would say is for all the young people in Malaysia that want those words to be played on the radio, it is your job and it is your duty as young people to have your voices heard”, declared Gaga to her fans.
But don’t feel bad for Lady Gaga just yet!
Just as it happened to Madonna back in the eighties when her videos got banned, even from MTV… The prohibitions only made people want to see her and listen to her even more.
“Born This Way” has sold over 1.5 million albums just in the United States and went platinum in the first week of its release.
In Lebanon, and thanks to Twitter, fans have alerted each other that although they won’t be able to find the album in stores, they can still download it via Amazon!
By Maria Corina Marrero