In the seven-minute video, Gaga plays the role of Mary Magdalene alongside Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), who plays Judas. “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.”
The 25-year-old singer has been criticized by religious groups. “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. It’s not meant to be a biblical lesson,” Gaga added.
The Judas video was co-directed by Gaga herself and her choreographer Laurianne Gibson. “Judas” is the second single of Gaga’s upcoming studio album “Born This Way”, which will be on the shelves on May 23rd in the United States.