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Lea Salonga defends Lady Gaga, says religious groups' protest vs. pop star is "much ado about nothing"
InterAksyon.com reports that on Monday, May 21, when singer Lea Salonga was asked by a Twitter follower if she is against Lady Gaga or against her for having a concert here, she tweeted: "Oh heck, no. Iím not for censorship or banning of artists. To censor freedom of expression? All artists will feel the heat."
Published on: May 22, 2012 - 10:29am

InterAksyon.com reports that on Monday, May 21, when singer Lea Salonga was asked by a Twitter follower if she is against Lady Gaga or against her for having a concert here, she tweeted: "Oh heck, no. Iím not for censorship or banning of artists. To censor freedom of expression? All artists will feel the heat." She then explained: "If you protest one artist, everything and everyone else then becomes ripe for similar criticism. And thatís a can of worms I dare not open."

Salonga then discussed the source of religious groups' fury, Lady Gaga's song "Judas." She tweeted: "I just read the lyrics of @ladygagaís Judas. This whole protest against it is much ado about nothing." She then admitted: "I had to search for the Judas video to see what the fuss is about. Though some of the images are clearly not for kids, itís not satanic." She also offered her take on "Judas" itself: "The song is a metaphor for the singerís attraction for what is bad for her. If we take it literally, Jesus still ends up on top."

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28 Comments
  • obelisk
    Being a christian has nothing to do with it. I'm a christian, and a proud one too, but I don't join the rallies. Two reasons: Waste of time, and Too narrow minded. Don't force other people to believe in what you believe in. We have our own brains. And if you're worried about your kids, they have their own brain too. Don't blame Gaga, blame yourselves and your poor parenting. Don't be too self righteous. You say you're faithful Christians? Ever heard of the group of people called the Pharisees? You remind me of them a lot. You say things that makes you look smart and faithful to the church, but who are you to say what's good for other people?
    Jun 02 2012 @ 07:06pm     Reply  
  • Secular Dude
    Oh my Children? don't worry about a thing matey, they are listening to a much more evil material as per the standards of Fundamentalist pricks like you. They are listening to the CDs of ROBERT JOHNSON. You know who Robert is? check him out via Google. But hey, I'll just make it easy for you. He sold his SOUL TO THE DEVIL, at some CROSSROADS way down in the deep South. It also improved the taste in music of my kids instead of listening to some pap like Lady Gaga...
    Jun 02 2012 @ 05:24pm     Reply  
  • Gregar DEV
    easy for you to say... how bout the children who will be listening to her songs? have you thought of them? how bout your children? i hope people will not only be thinking of themselves (selfish) and will always look forward to who will be at stake in the future. the world is getting worse to live in because of some who just choose to turn blind and deaf to some things that needs to be corrected.
    Jun 02 2012 @ 03:57pm     Reply  
  • Secular Dude
    No big deal here. Gaga is doing her stuff because it rakes in the moolah. She doesn't give a damn if it hurts the sensibilities of Fundamentalist pricks. To all Fundamentalist Pricks: just turn off the Radio, don't buy her Cds, don't watch her concerts. END OF DISCUSSION! Nuff said...
    Jun 02 2012 @ 02:34pm     Reply  
  • Gregar DEV
    i'm a big fan of yours (Lea) and even slapped a classmate before when she said something bad about you. But this article, i beg to DISAGREE. If the interpretation is "a metaphor to people to always find themselves attracted to what is clearly not good for them", then it would have been a good song. But for me, why use such words when she or the composer could use other words that would also bring to that interpretation? MANY children are mislead by this lyric. If Lady Gaga is a TRUE CHRISTIAN as what you said (because she supports such organizations as what you've mentioned) then she should be responsible of the songs she sings and will be singing because her following are the young. Media has a very great impact to the young generation nowadays. They believe what they see and hear as it is. If her song is for the arts sake, then it is just ok? What if I am to paint a picture of you s-c-ing your brother Gerard's d--k, then that is ok because it's art? You are a devoted Catholic Lea. You wouldn't patronize Gaga if you still are.
    Jun 02 2012 @ 02:15pm     Reply  
  • edgar amar
    amar,

    btw before i forget: these religious groups got the bashing they deserved because of calling for a ban/censorship on a performing artist many people were waiting to see perform here. there would not have been any problems if they were simply insulting her or calling her names. but to deprive others of what they want to see because, once again, a sense of self-righteous need to prove you're better than everyone else who do not share your views is a disaster you have called upon yourselves.

    if atheists decided to converge and asked for a ban of christian-based festivals/holidays because it's an affront to logic and rational thinking, i'm sure you'll be invoking fire and brimstone to smite their unbelieving asses. for all the unconditional love and acceptance of your fellow man that Christ has preached, you people do have an interesting way of showing it.

    like i said, you "christians" mind your own business.=]
    May 25 2012 @ 11:20pm     Reply  
  • edgar amar
    amar,

    ditto.=]
    May 25 2012 @ 10:34pm     Reply  
  • abc spotter
    whatever :-)
    May 25 2012 @ 04:37pm     Reply  
  • amar
    "mind your own business" ... Tell that to yourself too, edgar. Let me express myself freely. For every action there is always an opposite equal reaction. Respect that.
    May 25 2012 @ 04:21pm     Reply  
  • amar
    "mind your own business"
    May 25 2012 @ 04:20pm     Reply  
  • edgar amar
    amar,

    there's a big difference between being a good Christian and being a self-righteous, meddlesome, and bigoted fundamentalist who thinks he has a direct line to God via suckup methods like prayer meetings, namedropping and near encyclopedic memory recall of the bible but with zero percent comprehension.

    wala kayong pinagkaiba sa mga sipsip sa boss opisina.

    you are bashed because you force your dimwitted lifestyle to a lot of people who do not want it. like what everyone has said before, and frankly this is getting very exhausting to repeat this: if you do not want it, don't watch/listen to it. you can preach and rant all you want about it to your congregation. i guarantee no one will bother you. wag naman yun tipong porket di mo gusto e dapat di rin gusto ng lahat. and lastly, your brand of being a 'good' christian has great reserves of hatred and judgmental hostility that will probably put even satan to shame. so pretty please, with sugar on top: mind your own business.
    May 25 2012 @ 04:00pm     Reply  
  • amar
    I just realized that in the Philippines, you are only a GOOD Christian if you're needed for something. Like, when a priest is needed to bless a wedding ceremony, or wealthy Christians to be godparents of a child. But, once these christian groups start voicing out their concerns and protest, they're taken as hypocrites, judgmental, etc. Gays/Lesbians, labor unions, women rights movement etc have freely exercised their right to self expression by means of street protests. Why are Christian groups bashed when they do the same? Aren't they not entitled to the freedom to express?
    May 25 2012 @ 02:11pm     Reply  
  • amar
    For those saying Christian Protesters are hypocrites, judgmental, etc. etc. Do you go to church and mingle with Christians? If so, why hear mass from priests and be with Christian groups who - to you - are hypocrites, judgmental, etc. etc? Aren't you being hypocrites as well?

    When these Christian groups protest against something, they don't patronize it. Like, they did to Lady Gaga. So, if you think these Christian groups are detestable, why go to church and be with practicing Christians when what comes out of their mouths are plain hypocrisy?
    May 25 2012 @ 01:36pm     Reply  
  • ralph
    The song "Judas" is a METAPHOR. Enough said.
    May 24 2012 @ 11:31pm     Reply  
  • itsabrightday
    May 23 2012 @ 09:01am     Reply  
  • smackmyb*tchup
    If only people are smart enough to understand what songs mean, then they wouldn't need to do futile exercises of rallying. If someone wrote a satire, half the people won't get it and take it literally.
    May 23 2012 @ 09:00am     Reply  
  • Applepie
    Lady g*g* with her wardrobe and fashion is definitely not a good influence to young people. What is her contribution to this country anyway?
    May 22 2012 @ 07:24pm     Reply  
  • Doremi
    Hay naku maraming na ang nagugutom inaaksaya pa nyo ang pera nyo sa mga lintik na entertainment na yan...
    May 22 2012 @ 07:11pm     Reply  
  • [email protected]
    what do these people understand about the word IDOLATRY in the Bible? their reactions and defense mechanism means they were all defending the works of SATAN and do not understand well about the PASSION OF CHRIST. Syempre kapag kinokondena mo ang mga gawa ni satan tatawagin ka nilang HYPHOCRITE. Ano nga ba tawag sa kanila kung ikaw na sumasamba sa tunay na Diyos ay kinukondena ang mga symbolism at character ni satan at sila naman ay nagagalit at ipinagtatanggol pa? At pinakamasama sa lahat tinatangkilik pa.
    May 22 2012 @ 07:06pm     Reply  
  • Gina
    you are disappointing, lea.
    May 22 2012 @ 05:32pm     Reply  
  • stella
    Finally, someone who truly understands!
    May 22 2012 @ 04:22pm     Reply  
  • allanoreyes
    2 thumbs up for you ms salonga.
    May 22 2012 @ 02:13pm     Reply  
  • ehqYR
    Ms. Lea Salonga, if majority of the Filipinos think the same way as you do, this country would be on top. You are truly world *are class
    May 22 2012 @ 02:04pm     Reply  
  • ehqYR
    Ms. Lea Salonga, if majority of the Filipinos think the same way as you do, this country would be on top. You are truly world class
    May 22 2012 @ 02:03pm     Reply  
  • Damian Sotto
    O mga Fundamentalist Christians, nag salita na si Leah, tahimik na kayo! ako nga nakikinig ki ROBERT JOHNSON eh...Kilala niyo ba si RL ? siya daw ang nagbenta ng kaniyang kaluluwa sa Demonyo sa isang Crossroads sa Mississippi para gumaling siyang Blues Musician. So far, hindi naman ako tinatamann ng kidlat...
    May 22 2012 @ 01:08pm     Reply  
  • Genuine
    She's a voice of reason when some of her contemporaries are way stuck up on some artist and her particular song. For a guy who's listened to DANZIG, believe me, Gaga's song is camp.
    May 22 2012 @ 12:48pm     Reply  
  • G
    Awesome!
    May 22 2012 @ 11:28am     Reply  
  • dominicanarquia
    I ADORE U LEA SALONGA!
    May 22 2012 @ 11:18am     Reply  
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