Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" has certainly endured its share of criticism from a number of high-profile figures since its 2011 release. Now, however, one right-wing pundit has gone even further, slamming the pop diva's hit single as "demonic" and an "utter perversion."
As Right Wing Watch is reporting, Linda Harvey of Mission America attacked the singer on her radio show. "The [song's] theme is not just about a deviant view of gender and sexuality, but it is occult in spirituality," Harvey said. "There’s all these gruesome birth scenes which [are] a complete and utter perversion and really a demonic caricature, frankly, of God’s creation, yet she dares to use words like 'brave' and so on."
Harvey continues, "Of course she has the usual distortion, including that homosexuality and gender confusion that they’re similar to race or ethnicity, and that’s another big lie -- the thing is just full of lies."
Harvey also slammed the anti-bullying aim of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, which takes its name from her hit single and album. "That’s part of this whole incredible anti-bullying campaign that the homosexual community is putting out there, trying to make it seem as if traditional values leads people to harm kids who are behaving homosexually or gender confused and so on and that traditional values causes this -- it doesn’t," Harvey proclaimed. "We need to get our heads straight about this and not be manipulated and let our kids not be manipulated into embracing homosexuality as a byproduct of thinking we’re being kind."
As if her much-publicized appointment as JCPenney's new spokesperson hadn't already been condemned enough, Ellen DeGeneres also found herself the target of Harvey's rant. "[Ellen] is openly and proudly homosexual, and that part of her example is a very poor and tragic one," Harvey noted. "I hope that she personally will change that at some point in the future, we need to pray for all of these people."
Gaga's Born This Way Foundation was previously slammed by the Florida Family Association (FFA), who demanded Office Depot rescind a reported $1 million donation to the organization as part of a merchandising partnership because the pop star sends an "irresponsible message to many teens who would have eventually chosen to be straight."
Nonetheless, Harvey's anti-gay rants are nothing new. Last fall, she warned parents against allowing their children to visit health practitioners who are openly LGBT, and also slammed U.S. military personnel who participated in San Diego's LGBT Pride Parade as bringing "disgrace to the uniform and to America."
She also slammed Office Depot's partnership with the Born This Way Foundation, calling it a "deceptive" scheme "to link children to homosexuality, which is deeply wrong."
2009 MuchMusic Awards acceptance speech
During one of her first big award show moments, Lady Gaga dedicated her win for International Video of the Year for the song "Poker Face" to "God and the gays," thereby proving her just how committed she was to publicly supporting the community.
Lady Gaga lands on the cover of Out magazine
Lady Gaga starred in a monster movie fantasy photo shoot in the September 2009 issue of <em>Out</em> magazine. In the interview, Gaga revealed "I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream... It's not an underground tool for me. It's my whole life. So I always sort of joke the real motivation is to just turn the world gay."
The "Telephone" video
Sure, Beyoncé turned up as Gaga's partner-in-crime in the "Telephone" video, but our favorite co-star is performance artist/personal trainer Heather Cassils, who played the pop star's prisonyard "girlfriend."
The "Alejandro" video
While some were outraged by Gaga's use of religious imagery in the video for "Alejandro," others were too busy lusting after the platoon of half-naked, high-heeled hunks cavorting with the singer to care.
Arriving at the 2010 MTV VMA's
Lady Gaga brought members of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (which was dedicated to doing away with the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy) with her on the red carpet. All four of her "dates" had been discharged from the U.S. Armed Services because they were openly gay.
DADT speech in Portland, Maine
In September of 2010 Lady Gaga drove 11 hours to Portland to speak at a rally in hopes of urging Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to support the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." In her speech Gaga remarked, "Equality is the prime rib of America."
National Equality March Speech
In October 2010, Lady Gaga took the stage in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C. to demand equal rights for LGBT people. "Obama, I know you are listening," Gaga said before screaming, "Are you listening? We will continue to push you and your administration to bring your words of promise to a reality."
The "Born This Way" video
The video for the song that Elton John said would replace Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" as a gay anthem starts off with a shot of a unicorn and only gets more fantastical from there.
2011 Europride speech
Standing before St. Peter's Basilica, Lady Gaga spoke to the 2011 Europride crowd in Rome. The pop star asserted, "Let's exorcise our anger and baptize our pain and stand here strong. Today let us proclaim the defense of love." Unsurprisingly, the Vatican was none too pleased with Gaga's pro-LGBT message.
"You and I" live at the 2011 MTV VMA's
Lady Gaga got the night off and her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone, who the pop star says could be read as a trans man, showed up to belt out this country-tinged single.
The Born This Way Foundation
In February of 2012, Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, launched the Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University. The foundation was founded in 2011 to "<a href="http://bornthiswayfoundation.org/pages/our-mission/" target="_hplink">foster a more accepting society</a>, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world."