Lebanon Ban & Gaga
June 7, 2011 by Post Team
Lebanon Ban & Gaga, Lebanese officials have banned new album, Lady Gaga, considering it “offensive to Christianity.” Police have confiscated copies of Born This Way, currently No. 1 from London to Tokyo. Catholic groups have criticized his recent single, Judas, and radio was banned in Lebanon in April.
Lebanon office of general safety deposit boxes seized Born This Way on arrival at Beirut International Airport last week, according to the Los Angeles Times. Although officials first claimed to be “decide what to do” with the discs, there are now reports of a decision based on Article 75 of the law in Lebanon for the distribution of print material: “The dealers are banned from media circulation departs from public decency and morality, or you disagree with religious or nationalist beliefs. “Lebanon has 18 officially recognized religions, including five Catholic sects. Maronite Catholics constitute more than 20% of the population.
As a song, Judas is almost filled with heresy: “I’m just a holy fool,” Gaga sings, “but I’m still in love with Jude.” The video is a bit more controversial, the debt of the kind of pictures of Madonna used in the 80′s. Gaga flyers with biker gang versions of the disciples, flirting with Judas, Jesus and, well, everyone else. Any government ban of the song apparently would have to be requested by the Catholic Information Center in Lebanon. “If we are going to offend we will cancel the album,” said Father Abdo Abu Kassman, director of the center. “We will not accept that anyone insult to the Virgin Mary or Jesus or Christianity … Call us traditional, call us backwards, call us whatever you want. We will not accept.”
Meanwhile, the Lebanese information ministry insisted that “is and always has been, against all forms of censorship.” Information Minister Tarek Mitri previously worked for lifting the ban on the animated film Persepolis, which was accused of being “offensive to Iran and Islam.” But the opinion Mitri is only academic: the final decision appears to have been made by the office of general security.
“Lady Gaga has a huge fan base in Lebanon,” said Fady Masoud, supervisor Virgin Music Megastore in Beirut. “We are concerned that this CD will be released, as they produce large revenues.” In its first week, Born This Way sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.
In March, the title track born This Way was banned by radio from Malaysia for its “offensive” references to hmosxlity.
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