Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" Video Makes History
Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:15:43
Lady Gaga has made history, yet again. The head-turning pop star has achieved a milestone with her controversial video for her new single, "Alejandro," which is a sonic and melodic nod to ABBA's "Fernando." The clip has reached 20 million views on YouTube already and it's the fastest video to get that many eyeballs in the entire history of YouTube. Since the Catholic Church and right wingers are in uproar over the clip's sexualizing of religious imagery, since it features Gaga in a nun's habit, holding rosaries and cavorting with a variety of men and women in various states of undress and bondage gear, perhaps there were several thousands of views clocked by the very people making a fuss over the video, since, well, you need to educate yourself about what you're ranting against when you are trying to clean up pop culture, right? Right.
The song is one of Gaga's best. It's less dancefloor-ready than previous smashes like "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance." While I absolutely love those songs, "Alejandro" presents a more contemplative side of Gaga, and boasts her knack for a subtle melody. Come on, you know you find yourself humming, "Ale, Ale, Ale-Jandro" along with her in the car.
Do you think that Gaga's new video is really that offensive in 2010? Or is she the consummate provocateur?