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Lady Gaga’s new music video for “Alejandro,” a catchy tune that strikes me as the lovechild of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” and Ace of Base’s “Don’t Turn Around,” has made headlines for its “blasphemous” images, including the singer dressed as a latex-clad nun and swallowing a rosary, cavorting with nearly-nude gay men sporting monk-like hairdos, that sort of thing.

(If you’re in a hurry, just check out MTV’s compilation of the video’s “20 Most Shocking Scenes,” unless you’re at work or easily shocked.)

Eh. It’s no “Like a Prayer” controversy, as this On Faith column explains, especially given that Gaga aims to be more than just Madonna 2.0. (Should that be a higher upgrade by this point? Madonna Vista?) Aside from the obvious denunciation by the Catholic League and some random criticism from not-uncontroversial entertainer Katy Perry, it’s not much of a scandal — presumably, Catholics have more to worry about these days than music videos. Plus, the video for “Alejandro,” which the Catholic-raised singer has explained represents “a celebration and an admiration of gay love,” seem to have nothing to do with the song’s lyrics… right? It’s just Gaga’s usual effort to be provocative, while doubling as a love letter to her gay fans. It’s hard to get worked up over someone that seems to be trying too hard.

Still, it makes for the most entertaining religion news of the week, and it does tie in with June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Check out GetReligion’s recap of the media coverage, including some insight compiled from Larry King’s interview and other sources on Lady Gaga’s faith and career choices.

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