This is because I wrote a post in 2011 entitled The Gospel According to Lady Gaga, which has ended up being one of the more popular posts I've written.
To be sure, Lady Gaga is an odd location for theological reflection. In the post I was reflecting on the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, who was gay and who had faced prolonged bullying because of his sexuality.
In a tragic in hindsight "It Gets Better" video Jamey had filmed, he described himself as one of Lady Gaga's "little monsters," a term of affection Lady Gaga uses for her fans. The point I was making in the post is that kids who feel like "monsters"--the freaks, weirdos, misfits, deviants and outcasts--are drawn to Lady Gaga, because of her affection for them, in a way they don't feel attracted to the church. These kids don't feel much affection from the church.
Which is strange given that Jesus was a minstrel for the little monsters of his day--the freaks, weirdos, misfits, deviants and outcasts.
In my post I use work from my book Unclean with a dash of Girardian scapegoat theory to deconstruct Gaga's "little monsters" to point out how religious institutions--in Jesus's time and in our own--continue to scapegoat outsiders.
Anyway, the post I wrote isn't an apology for Lady Gaga as much as it using Jamey's attraction to Lady Gaga as an indictment and challenge for the church. "Little monsters" should feel affection from the church.
My post was brought to mind again this week because of some traffic from a Lady Gaga fan page. One of the members of that site took a quote from my post and used it in a picture with Lady Gaga.
Here it is (H/T to Wahkeenasitka at the Gaga Daily forum):