Lady Gaga features resurrected Jesus, Gandhi and Michael Jackson
If you thought Lady Gaga couldn't get any weirder – think again. Her latest video features a resurrected Jesus, Gandhi and Michael Jackson, along with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills lip-syncing in some kind of pseudo-Greek band complete with a harp and unenthusiastic tambourine waving. You really couldn't make it up.
This latest instalment in the Gaga saga is an 11 minute 46 second video directed by the star herself, and begins with her dressed as an angel lying face down with an arrow through her chest; presumably shot down by a field full of men in suits – perhaps a not-so-subtle suggestion that her creativity is being stifled by the corporate money-makers?
If she's trying to reclaim her weirdness from these industry execs, she has certainly succeeded. The video for G.U.Y (which stands for Girl Under You, supposedly a new-age feminist anthem about the "transference of strength" that comes by submitting to a man) continues in her trademark bizarre fashion; filled with crazy outfits, long blonde wigs and dance numbers inexplicably reminiscent of a 90s boy band mixed with something from Star Trek.
Perhaps the oddest moment, however, is when three figures – Jesus, Michael Jackson and Gandhi - are apparently resurrected, and are seen sitting up in coffins with eerie smiles. In a scene that lasts no more than five seconds, one wonders whether Gaga is seeing just how far she can push before she tips over into the undeniably offensive.
The popstar – real name Stefanie Germanotta – is no stranger to controversy, and found herself in hot water just a couple of weeks ago after a show which saw a 'vomiting performance artist' purposely throw up over her on stage.
She has since been accused of glamorising bulimia, most notably by teen-pop star Demi Lovato who has herself suffered from the eating disorder, though Gaga remains adamant that the stunt was merely "art in its purest form".
Raised as a Catholic, she has also spoken of her spirituality quite extensively in the past.
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"I suppose you could say I'm quite a religious woman that is very confused about religion," she told Larry King in an interview in 2010.
"I dream and envision a future where we have a more peaceful religion or more peaceful world, a more peaceful state of mind for the younger generation."
During a later interview with Google, Gaga announced: "I do believe that God comes in many forms and I don't believe we know what he looks like, but I see God in my fans.
"They are who I worship and I believe what you worship in your life doesn't have to be religion or an institution or a certain kind of God. It's just you must worship your faith."
It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that her latest video, the third single to be released from her album Artpop, contains confused spiritual imagery, and her devout fans will likely be delighted with its disjointed bizarre style. But whatever your thoughts on Gaga, at just 27 years old it's hard to imagine that she has reached her limits just yet.