Lady Gaga’s latest video for her song Alejandro looks like a nightmarish ode to Fascism, although that’s not exactly how she explains it. She calls it “a celebration of my love and appreciation for the gay community.”
But the eight-minute, 43-second shoot, directed by Steven Klein, features Gaga in religious garb or mostly in black leather — or various states of undress — with her hair pulled back in a tight, bureaucratic bun, evoking images of Nazi prison guards, or Kate Winslet in “The Reader.”
The fetish fantasy could be set in Franco’s authoritarian Spain, Peronista Argentina, Pinochet’s Chile or nearly any other South American dictatorship, except of course, for the continent’s dictator du jour, Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. He’s a lefty.
There’s no mistaking the military theme. Men in uniforms dance in unison in jack boots reminiscent of Franco’s storm troopers, which he patterned after Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht.
Franco allied with the Nazi’s in the Spanish Civil War, defeated the Popular Front and established his brutal regime, which persisted until his death in 1975.
Gays, dissidents and Jews were widely persecuted during his harsh rule.
Gaga also borrows heavily from Madonna with her use of religious imagery, mainly Catholic, but that’s also consistent with Franco’s devotion to nationalism, Catholicism, anti-communism, anti-masonry and traditional values.
Gaga wears a black lace veil and dress and appears in mourning, reminiscent of Eva Peron, who Madonna played in “Evita.”
The video shot mainly in black and white, is fueled with sex, bdsm, and religion, including crucifixes, man-on-man action and swallowed rosary beads. It ends with Gaga dressed in a scarlet nun’s habit.
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