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Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" has been banned in Lebanon. Image: Naomi Lir/Flickr/CC-BY-SA

Lady Gaga, no stranger to controversy, is apparently now a multi-national offender. Her platinum album “Born This Way” has been banned in Lebanon. The album, which was released May 23, has already sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S.

Shipments impounded by government

Multiple sources are reporting that shipments of Lady Gaga’s latest album have been impounded by the Lebanese government. The reason cited by Lebanese officials is that the album insults Christianity and that it is in “bad taste.”

Lady Gaga’s song “Judas,” which is included on “Born This Way,” was previously banned from Lebanese radio. The song has been criticized by many religious groups in the U.S. and abroad for its irreverent lyrics.

Judas just a stunt?

Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, has called the song a “stunt,” claiming that “Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general: she dresses as a nun… she swallows the rosary. She has now morphed into a caricature of herself.”

Lady Gaga no fan of organized faith

Lade Gaga has been outspoken in her opinion about the effects of organized religion. In a statement to the British paper The Guardian she said: “The influence of institutionalized religion on government is vast. So religion then begins to affect social values and that in turn affects self-esteem, bullying in school, teen suicides, all those things.”

Lebanese fans have options

Lebanese fans are not entirely without options. One Lebanese blogger admitted to downloading the album previously from Amazon.com.

Lebanon has a history of banning entertainment it deems religiously offensive. In 2004 the country banned the release of Ron Howard’s movie of Dan Brown’s novel, “The Da Vinci Code.”

Resistance in Malaysia, too

The album’s title track “Born This Way” has also been banned from the airwaves in Malaysia. In response, Lada Gaga has said, “What I would say is for all the young people in Malaysia that want those words to be played on the radio, it is your job and it is your duty as young people to have your voices heard.”

Sources

Time: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/06/06/lady-gagas-born-this-way-album-banned-in-lebanon/

Newser: http://www.newser.com/story/120302/lady-gagas-born-this-way-banned-in-lebanon.html

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/06/lady-gagas-born-this-way-banned-lebanon_n_871647.html

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