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Grading Lady Gaga's new 'Judas' video

We break down the clip featuring the latest single from ‘Born This Way’

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Holy Gaga! Leave it to the Lady to make a video that incited controversy before a single frame of it was even released. Now that the clip, codirected by Gaga herself, is out, we break it down for you.

00:49
We thought we’d seen every variation on Jesus and Mary Magdalene — until Gaga showed up with a thorn-crowned Latino Jesus (Old School actor Rick Gonzalez) on a hog. B

03:39
Gaga sets her Max Factor gun to stun with a lipstick pistol, planting a wet one on the song’s namesake Judas (The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus). A-

03:51
The music halts as Gaga gets baptized, both by crashing waves (as seen here) and more Real World-meets-the-Bible style, during a hot-tub ménage è trois with Judas and Jesus. B-

05:07
On to the grand finale: a public flogging. But we still can’t figure out who exactly she’s supposed to be here — prostitute geisha or prostitute Marie Antoinette? And: Why exactly? C

Overall Grade: B-