Ain’t No Stoppin’ Her Now

Those who say Lady GaGa has taken the title as “Queen of Pop” clearly haven’t been keeping up. Madonna is still the¬†Queen on the throne.

The stunning, 52-year-old, top-selling female artist of all time is not only working on her 12th studio album (Slant reported that she and Lady GaGa were rumored to have shot a video together, possibly for GaGa’s Saturday Night Live! appearance), she’s still proving to the world that age is only a number.

Just look…

Madonna at an Oscars afterparty February 2011

rockin’ the 80s look that she made famous, NYC 2011

at the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, May 2, 2011

 

Madonna Going Back to Catholicism? Most Likely Not…

The Daily Caller has reported that Madonna is looking into possibly joining the secretive Catholic sect Opus Dei. While I’m sure Madonna is always searching and looking for answers to life’s questions, I do not think she’ll become a full-fledged member of the secretive sect made famous by The DaVinci Code.

Madeleine Joelson of The Daily Caller wrote that Madonna was “devastated” by accusations that some of the board members of her charity, “Raising Malawi,” abused the money that had been raised. Most of the $3.9 million raised were actually spent on the Kabbalah Centre’s Los Angeles offices, according to a released report (the IRS has taken an interest in this as well…). There is evidence that Madonna has become disillusioned with Kabbalah.

Madonna is the most well-known follower of the Kabbalah (mystical Jewish sect focused on numerology). In fact, her flirtation with religion in general is one of the many things she’s known for (ie: the controversial video for Like a Prayer – as mentioned in my previous post – and the influences of Hinduism and Kabbalah in her album Ray of Light). It’s hard to believe that she was raised in a strict Roman Catholic home.

In a 60 Minutes interview in 1999, she said:

“I can believe. I can disagree with doctrines and dogmas and still celebrate them. I go to the synagogue, I study Hinduism…it’s about realizing that all paths lead to God in the end…the point in studying all of them is, really, they’re all the same at the end of the day. The core of it is the same….love is the most important thing.”

I doubt that Madonna will become a card-carrying member of Opus Dei, however. She will most likely take its strong work ethic and emphasis on personal devotion (two qualities she’s always had) to heart. But, when it comes to the celibacy rule or the conservative political views of the group, I know she’ll disagree with those “doctrines and dogmas.”

I love Madonna. I am inspired by her creativity, boldness and devotion to standing up for what she believes in. She’s churned out hits, pressed buttons and influenced the music industry and popular culture since 1983. She is arguably one of the most powerful and famous women in the world. She’s a force of nature.

From her 11 studio albums (of which I have all), countless interviews and activism (AIDS awareness, women’s rights, gay rights, etc.), I can safely say that Madonna will not be “converting” to Catholicism.

Interview Magazine Photoshoot 2010

 

“Judas” – Like a Prayer 2.0

In 1989, Madonna received scorn from the Vatican and various religious groups after she debuted the music video for her song Like a Prayer. The video featured Madonna kissing a black saint, dancing in a field of burning crosses (symbolizing her refusal to be intimidated by racism) and stigmata. The lyrics were rather tame, however. If it had not been for the controversial video, I doubt anyone would have complained.

Chorus to Like a Prayer

When you call my name it’s like a little prayer

I’m down on my knees I want to take you there

In the midnight hour I can feel your power

Just like a prayer you know I’ll take you there

scene from

Fast-forward 22 years. On April 15, 2011, Lady GaGa released the second single from her third studio album Born This Way. Titled Judas, the song is about a “bad boy.” According to the lyrics, Judas (yes, THAT Judas from the New Testament of the Christian Bible) is a guy that she just can’t get over. GaGa uses elements from the story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas Iscariot to essentially say that the guy she loves is a back-stabbing betrayer.

Verse from Judas

When he comes to me I am ready

I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs

Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain

Even after three times, he betrays me

Official cover for Lady GaGa

Some in the religious community have taken offense to the song (even though the video hasn’t even come out yet). Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, had harsh words for the superstar. “This is a stunt… Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general… She has now morphed into a caricature of herself…” It should be noted that GaGa is Catholic (as was Madonna when she made Like a Prayer). Before any more self-righteous zealots claim she’s just doing this to shock, they should hear what she has to say about it….and actually listen to the song before making a judgement. GaGa had this to say to 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.’ And it was amazing because to have that conversation about salvation, peace and the search for the truth in a room of non-believers and believers, to me, that was saying God is active in a big way. And the place that it came to is surreal. We don’t touch on things that we have no right touching upon, but the inspiration and the soul and idea that out of your oppression, your darkness, your Judas, you can come into the marvelous light. So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up… We’ve created a new Jerusalem.

Listen to the “controversial” song:

Put it on the EBT (clarification)

On my last post, I wrote about people using their EBT cards (food stamps) for all kinds of junk food, from cookies to sodas, in a single transaction.

I must clarify something. I meant to say that there should be some way of preventing people, particularly the obese and diabetic, from having an entire TRANSACTION of junk food bought with government assistance (i.e.: five sodas, three bags of potato chips, two bags of cookies, etc.). A comfort food here and there is not a problem, in my opinion. If you want to buy a large amount of junk in one transaction, you should use your own money.

I am aware that, like anything, this can be abused. People could simply make several small transactions of junk food instead of one large one.

I am aware that this has the potential to become something of a “government-approved quotas of unhealthy vs. healthy food” program.

I am simply making the point that it doesn’t make sense to allow the dependent diabetic or obese person to perpetuate their worsening condition to the point of more medical expenses billed to the government.

Here’s a good idea: If you are diabetic or obese, don’t buy foods that will kill you faster than your condition. Make the right choice and use the assistance to better your life to the point where you no longer need the assistance.

Society wants to make sure you are taken care of. However, we don’t want you to go in a downward spiral that will cost the government even more. See a dietitian, look online, see a doctor or just use common sense to improve yourself.