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Lebanese Authorities bans Lady Gaga record
Controversial singer Lady Gaga is now discovering that her reputation follows her overseas. Her already-platinum record "Born This Way" has been banned in Lebanon. United States supporters have already snatched up the record to the tune of 1.1 million albums. Resource for this article - Lady Gaga album banned in Lebanon by Newsytype.com.
Criticism of Gaga's work
Multiple sources are reporting that shipments of Lady Gaga's latest album have been impounded by the Lebanese government. The reason cited by Lebanese officials is that the album insults Christianity and that it is in "bad taste."
Lebanese radio has not allowed Lady Gaga's song "Judas" on the "Born This Way" album to play. Several religious groups don't like the song. They say the lyrics are irreverent.
What Gaga was attempting to achieve
Apparently "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." This is what the Catholic League president Bill Donohue said after saying the song was just a "stunt."
How Gaga feels about religion
Lady Gaga has been outspoken in her opinion about the effects of organized religion. The Guardian was able to get a statement from her. She said: "The influence of institutionalized religion on government is vast. So religion then begins to affect social values and that in turn affects self-esteem, bullying in school, teen suicides, all those things."
Choice for Lebanese followers
Fans in Lebanon aren't at a loss. There are other choices. One Lebanese blogger admitted to downloading the album previously from Amazon.com.
Lebanon has a history of banning entertainment it deems religiously bothersome. Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code" was released as a Ron Howard film in 2004. It was then prohibited by the country.
Put Malaysia to the picture
The album's title track "Born This Way" has also been prohibited from the airwaves in Malaysia. In response, Gaga has said, "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."