Gaga has yet to even announce a release date for 'Judas', the second single from her upcoming album 'Born This Way,' but has already managed to offend the Catholic League and drive her creative director to almost quit over the religiously charged video.
Star creative director and choreographer Laurieann Gibson -- who is also well known for her work with Diddy, Usher, Alicia Keys and Keri Hilson -- has been working with Gaga for years, but the anticipated public response to the controversial 'Judas' video had her shaking in her boots on set. Gaga takes on the Bible in the video, playing Mary Magdalene opposite model-turned-actor Norman Reedus as Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus.
Gibson told the Hollywood Reporter, "It went through several changes and late-night debates because at one point, there were two completely different views and I was like, 'Listen, I don't want lightning to strike me! I believe in the gospel and I'm not going there'." Gibson admitted she was on the verge of ditching the project, but said she's happy, now, with the final product. "Absolutely (I would have quit). I do believe God inspired and worked on everyone's heart, but yes. I would have been like, 'Goodbye, I ain't doing it. No way.' "
Gibson's comments come hot on the heels of criticism and outrage from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. Bill Donohue, the organization's president tells HollywoodLife.com, "This is a stunt ... Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general." He goes on to question Gaga's talent, "She is trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances."
Lady Gaga has yet to release the highly anticipated 'Judas,' so in the meantime, enjoy her video for the also controversial anthem-for-outcasts 'Born This Way.'
Watch Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' video.