Lady Gaga, Her Alejandro Music Video, and a Game of Russian Roulette
Quite frankly, you have to see it to believe it. And in seeing it, you will have received a portent of where we are going and how far we’ve already come.
I am of course referring to Lady Gaga’s Alejandro music video. But, before I discuss the video and provide a link to it, some explanation of the context in which this post is written, is necessary . . .
I’m a religious fellow and therefore do not view reality in the same way as a reductive materialist who sees reality as composed exclusively of the material world (i.e. matter, energy, known forces of the physical universe). In contrast to the reductive materialist, I regard reality as also being composed of an immaterial world, of which our soul (that is, our intellect and will) is a part of.
A brief example which nicely highlights the difference between a reductive materialist and a religious fellow lies in the differing viewpoints on the brain and the mind. A reductive materialist would make the case that mind equals the physical brain (that the two are actually one in the same). I disagree (and not just on faith alone); the brain is material, but the mind is immaterial. The two are not the same. So, my religious view and the view of a reductive materialist really are very drastically different ways of conceptualizing, appreciating, and even living in reality!
As a religious fellow, I recognize that wickedness in the world is not exclusively the product of the malice of man or serendipity (i.e. bum luck). In contrast to the reductive materialist, I believe that there are also immaterial forces at play, and when man wittingly or unwittingly collaborates with those forces, great evil on a national or even global scale is unleashed; witness, for examples, the intransience of abortion despite its intrinsic horror, or the concerted attack on the traditional family courtesy of the gay rights agenda. The scale and the success of these agendas represent human malice in cooperation with spiritual evils (who also have both intellect and will). This makes these issues not just a matter of the sundry machinations of plain old, vanilla human folly, but a matter of greater complexity and greater durability. The dangers here are in part hidden from purely human eyes, but are entirely premeditated and strategic (i.e. a specific goal is fully intended).
Another example of an immaterially supercharged phenomenon, in my opinion, is the vast and exponentially quick corruption of entertainment media. How quickly we’ve descended the inferno, going from Mayberry in the late 1950’s to Lady Gaga’s Alejandro music video in 2010.
As an adult, especially if you are a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, Godparent, scout leader, coach, teacher, or whatever puts you in proximity of someone under the age of 18, you really should take in Lady Gaga’s video for her hit song, Alejandro. Why? Because, you can bet the farm that kids . . . young kids in elementary school . . . are already watching that video, loving that video, and being influenced by that video. Watch it yourself, so that you can arm yourself.
Here, go out and invest the time to see it. Click here. I’ll wait till you’re back.
So, like I said, it’s a pretty far cry from the adventures of Sheriff Andy Taylor in sleepy little Mayberry. This video is poisonous and symptomatic of the vast corruption of the entertainment media in general (truly, there be dragons here . . . ancient ones as a matter of fact). This video is nothing less than a predator and the prey are your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, and by proxy the family and culture. In it you’ve got a slick presentation of homoerotic imagery, brutal-animalistic sex, pornography, and a severe mocking of Christianity through an attack on a perennially favorite whipping boy, the Catholic Church. The predators are not just Lady Gaga’s bank account (and those of her promoters). The more cunning and more dangerous of those predators are the immaterial ones . . . the wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). Gaga is just another tool in their hands, but she is the latest and greatest version of a tool . . . and much like a more advanced gun, its lethality is ever increasing.
I know we must attend to the details of politics . . . supporting candidates, arguing the implications of policy, getting out the vote, but to ignore other worldly dangers is to play a form of Russian Roulette on a cultural and, eventually, eternal level. To allow your little Johnny or Susie to wantonly indulge in MTV and in pop culture in general is to go way beyond the simple confines of “entertainment” and enter, full bore, into the realm of character, soul, and one’s very relationship with the one and only God who created little Johnny or Susie.
Lady Gaga’s Alejandro music video is not just a video in precisely the same sense that the new, little brown, irregularly shaped spot on your face isn’t just a freckle. It’s death (Genesis 3:4).