Lady Gaga’s latest album seized in Lebanon, deemed ‘offensive to religion’

Lady Gaga’s monster fans in Lebanon might not be able to get their hands on a copy of the singer’s latest album, “Born This Way,” any time soon.

The country’s government has seized copies of the album that came through the airport in Beirut late last week because they were deemed potentially offensive to the Christian population in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We collected the CDs on the grounds that the music was offensive to religion,” one official from the office of censorship told the newspaper. “They are still in our offices. We are still deciding what to do with them.”

A more specific reason for the potential ban was not given. Gaga’s second single from the album, “Judas,” was also banned on Lebanese radio in April.

According to the newspaper, a 1962 Lebanese Law states, “Distributors are prohibited from circulating media that diverges from public decency and morality, or is at odds with nationalistic or religious beliefs.”

Gaga initially ignited religious controversy in early May over her “Judas” music video, which depicts the singer as Mary Magdelene in a biker apostle gang. The 25-year-old singer denies that the video is meant to be an attack on religion.

“This video is not meant to be an attack on religion. I respect and love everyone’s beliefs,” Gaga told MTV. “I’m a religious and spiritual person who’s obsessed with religious art. I’m obsessed with it… I believe I was put on this earth to cause a ruckus… I just want to keep making stuff that’s great and thought-provoking.”

In the video, there appears to be a love triangle between Mary Magdalene, Judas (Norman Reedus from “The Boondock Saints”) and Jesus (Rick Gonzalez from “Coach Carter” and “Reaper”) which is manefested in an erotic re-imagining of Magdalene washing Jesus’ feet.

  • Juma Juma

    Thats really funny. Oryginal CD seized by government, and pirat copies available on any street corner in Beirut.
    Somebody forgot in which country is living…

  • Juma Juma

    Thats really funny. Oryginal CD seized by government, and pirat copies available on any street corner in Beirut.
    Somebody forgot in which country is living…

  • 316909

    you can just download it online for free. People dont buy cds any more so you may have done us a favor.

  • 316909

    you can just download it online for free. People dont buy cds any more so you may have done us a favor.

  • Anonymous

    you can just download it online for free. People dont buy cds any more so you may have done us a favor.

  • Beiruti

    Why dont they form a government and then worry about this shit?

    • eblashko

      Or better yet, why don’t they just not worry about this shit. 

    • eblashko

      Or better yet, why don’t they just not worry about this shit. 

  • Anonymous

    Why dont they form a government and then worry about this shit?

    • Anonymous

      Or better yet, why don’t they just not worry about this shit. 

  • Leborigine

    Its only a video, get over it. I am a Catholic and I do not find it offensive at all. Having a lawless country and uneducated bastards running around with weapons protecting syrias interest in Lebanon is offensive and degrading to our society.

    What is really funny is that the 1962 Lebanese Law states, “Distributors are prohibited from circulating media that diverges from public decency and morality, or is at odds with nationalistic or religious beliefs.”!!!?????

    Are they for real. Then Al-Manar, LBC, NBN, Orange TV etc, etc  should all be closed down for being at odds with nationalistic beliefs.

    What a buch of wankers!

  • Anonymous

    Its only a video, get over it. I am a Catholic and I do not find it offensive at all. Having a lawless country and uneducated bastards running around with weapons protecting syrias interest in Lebanon is offensive and degrading to our society.

    What is really funny is that the 1962 Lebanese Law states, “Distributors are prohibited from circulating media that diverges from public decency and morality, or is at odds with nationalistic or religious beliefs.”!!!?????

    Are they for real. Then Al-Manar, LBC, NBN, Orange TV etc, etc  should all be closed down for being at odds with nationalistic beliefs.

    What a buch of wankers!

  • Constantin7

    What a bunch of morons this censors, with all the problems we have in this country, somebody finds the time, energy and effort to go after Lady Gaga. Looooooosers this is called freedom of expression. Christians do not get offended by appearances, clothing, make-up, or immitating Christ. Everyone is free to do whatever they want as long as they are not harming someone.

  • Anonymous

    What a bunch of morons this censors, with all the problems we have in this country, somebody finds the time, energy and effort to go after Lady Gaga. Looooooosers this is called freedom of expression. Christians do not get offended by appearances, clothing, make-up, or immitating Christ. Everyone is free to do whatever they want as long as they are not harming someone.

  • In_a_Mosh

    that’s it: the world is officially bonkers.

    if someone is offended by this, then don’t buy/watch/listen to it, simple.

    in anycase, what happens if someone is actually offended? Nothing!! nothing happens.

    I’ve never heard of anyone going to the doctors because they are so offended that they got sick.

    it’s ok for people to be offended. for example, I’m offended by religion. shall I now call for that to be banned?? I’m also offended by ALL non heavy metal music, then let’s ban that!! bullsh*t. and bras also offend me.

  • Anonymous

    that’s it: the world is officially bonkers.

    if someone is offended by this, then don’t buy/watch/listen to it, simple.

    in anycase, what happens if someone is actually offended? Nothing!! nothing happens.

    I’ve never heard of anyone going to the doctors because they are so offended that they got sick.

    it’s ok for people to be offended. for example, I’m offended by religion. shall I now call for that to be banned?? I’m also offended by ALL non heavy metal music, then let’s ban that!! bullsh*t. and bras also offend me.

  • FadiAbboud

    That’s such a shame.. Lebanon is supposed to be a beacon for Freedoms in the middle east- we seems to be moving backwards constantly , its embarrassing. 

  • FadiAbboud

    That’s such a shame.. Lebanon is supposed to be a beacon for Freedoms in the middle east- we seems to be moving backwards constantly , its embarrassing. 

  • Anonymous

    That’s such a shame.. Lebanon is supposed to be a beacon for Freedoms in the middle east- we seems to be moving backwards constantly , its embarrassing. 

  • J J

    Why don’t you go impound illegal weapons going to HA and the tyrants that run our country you imbeciles.
    This is hardly anything to worry about considering the illegal drugs, weapons and terrorists entering Lebanon.

  • J J

    Why don’t you go impound illegal weapons going to HA and the tyrants that run our country you imbeciles.
    This is hardly anything to worry about considering the illegal drugs, weapons and terrorists entering Lebanon.