22 May 2012

Going Gaga Over Nothing

Lady Gaga in Manila
The two-night concert of Lady Gaga at the SM Mall of Asia has ruffled the feathers of several religious groups, which led to half-hearted protests and several unsubstantiated claims just to enforce their opinion on the public.

They even went to great lengths by claiming that those who will watch the concert of Joanne Angelina Germanotta a.k.a. Lady Gaga will be prone to "rebellious tendencies". Biblemode Philippines and Philippines for Jesus Movement claimed children who watched the concert may have picked up negative values from the singer herself.

Lady Gaga's music is a genre of music characterized by distortion-laden and simple, light rhythms, frequently repeated, which also features sensual lyrics and imagery. This has led to concern that exposing adolescents to these lyrics will desensitize them to violent behavior.

Citing her "immorality" and "lewd behavior and attire," some of these short-sighted groups brand Lady Gaga as some sort of demonic pied piper who might lead the youth astray with songs such as "Judas." Although, it is doubtful that all semi-fanatical members of these religious groups really listened or even read the lyrics of the controversial song.

While no studies have shown a conclusive link between listening to lady Gaga's music and "rebellious tendencies", religious group continue to broadcast this flimsy excuse in their protest.

While some parents may find Lady Gaga have a "toxic influence" on the teens, as with violent imagery, no studies or scientific proof exist that showed a link between exposure to explicit lyrics in songs and a distortion of values. Rather, the inverse may be true, and these behaviours may push the listener towards Lady Gaga's music.

If the religious groups are really sincere in their efforts to protect the values and morals of youth and children, then maybe they should start cleaning their own house. They could put more effort and focus their attention on the vow of celibacy, and whether it has any relation to the sexual dysfunction of some priests.

The problem is that no one in the church in a position of leadership is asking the question, 'Is it true that because of poorly trained seminarians, bishops who focused too little on victims and a permissive culture in the 1960s and 1970s that saw the rise of divorce, marijuana experimentation and robbery are the main causes of prevalent sexual abuse by Catholic clergy'?