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Boxfuls of Lady Gaga’s newest album “Born this Way” were intercepted and impounded at Beirut’s international airport by Lebanese authorities late last week as potentially offensive to the country’s Christian population.
“Despite having sold millions of copies worldwide, Lady Gaga’s album isn’t for sale in Lebanese music stores for now,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “Instead, cartons of the new release are stacked in police offices. But officials cautioned that no final decision had been made on whether Lady Gaga’s sizzling hot second studio release would be formally banned.”
According to the newspaper:
“We collected the CDs on the grounds that the music was offensive to religion,” said one official from the office of censorship, which is part of the country’s notorious General Security, a powerful branch of the Ministry of Interior. “They are still in our offices. We are still deciding what to do with them.”
He refused to give his name without citing any reason for insisting on anonymity.
Lady Gaga’s latest album is filled with Christian imagery. Having received a traditional Catholic upbringing, the singer is infamous for her provocative music, drawing on themes of religion and sexuality.
The video above is for one of the album’s songs, “Judas,” which was banned from Lebanese radio stations earlier last April.
The music video presents the 12 disciples of Christ as rugged bikers in leather jackets dancing around the singer who is part of a love triangle with the handsome and enticing depictions of Judas and Jesus, the latter adorned with the crown of thorns.
“In the most biblical sense, I am beyond repentance,” she sings.