CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Lady Gaga's new biblically-themed song "Judas," is now stirring up controversy, as it leaked online during one of the holiest weeks of the year. The song tells the story of a woman who loves the disciple, who the Bible says betrayed Jesus over a bag of money.
On-air, the song has gotten plenty of plays on top 40 stations.
"She knows what she's doing. She knows how to push buttons, no doubt about it. She's got a massive following," says 95SX 95.1 disc jockey Joe Girard.
At the first ever Lady Gaga Day in Charleston two years ago, the support for Lady Gaga was immense with hundreds of attendees. The song "Judas" is not getting the same support. Leaders in the Christian community are shocked over what they call the artist's disrespect and idolatry of the man the Bible says betrayed Jesus for money.
"It says 'I love Judas' over and over. 'I love Judas. I love Judas. I love Judas.' I don't care who you are, even if you are not a Christian, you look at that and it's saying I love betrayal,"says Michael Brown, worship leader at Summit Church in North Charleston.
The pop tune includes lyrics like "I'm still in love with Judas baby..." and "Judas is the demon I cling to..."
"You're going to defame my Lord and Savior because you're saying you love betrayal, the man who kissed my Lord and Savior on the cheek and that was the beginning of his crucifixion," he said.
Brown says the words are stirring up controversy as it was released right before Easter.
"During this time, yes. It's more of a hit to the heart, and she intentionally did that. I know this was intentionally released at this time because it's a time when we're celebrating our lord's resurrection," Brown said.
Girard says for Lady Gaga it is a publicity tactic.
"Have we had a few emails about people getting upset? Yes. There have been a few emails, but it's Lady Gaga. This is what she does. She's very controversial," Girard said.
Even though the song "Judas" was leaked online and on the radio this weekend, it was originally slated for release Tuesday.