Lady Gaga Releases Video for “Alejandro,” Stirs Controversy Anew

Lady Gaga has come out with the video for her new single “Alejandro” and immediately drew fire from critics, including from fellow artists. The homoerotic video was launched on Tuesday, with fans crashing the official Web site within minutes of its release.

The nine-minute video directed by famous fashion photographer Steven Klein is essentially a tribute to homosexuality, with the 24-year-old Gaga seen wearing a nun’s habit while sucking on rosary beads in one scene. Gaga also cavorts with half-naked men in one scene reminiscent of Madonna’s “Vogue.”

In an earlier interview, Gaga had said that the video is her tribute to the gay community. “It’s a celebration of my love and appreciation for the gay community, my admiration of their bravery, their love for one another and their courage in their relationships,” she said.

The video, which may drew criticism from religious groups, has already received brick bats from one of Gaga’s contemporaries. Katy Perry, who released the teaser for her new video “California Gurls,” took issue of “Alejandro’s” use of religious themes.

Perry fired at Gaga through Twitter, saying that “using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke.”

WATCH: Lady Gaga’s NSFW “Alejandro” Video