Lady Gaga has been producing controversial yet unique music videos ever since she broke out with the hit “Pokerface.” “Alejandro” is no exception.
Here, we see continued mixed themes of religion, government, and dare I say the group of “evil” people known by most as the Illuminati.
The video opens up with men in stockings, heels and police caps, all asleep with guns by their side. In the background appears to be something in the shape of a torpedo.
At about 20 seconds in, if you pause the video, you can see that the long gun on the table is actually pointing to an invisible line, dividing two sets of white circles, which can only be seen for a millisecond. The circles appear to be the division of a light hanging overhead, but as Gaga is known for throwing in very obvious but sometimes subtle symbolism in her videos, I’m sure these white circles could represent something else entirely. At first glance, they actually resemble female eggs, or the uterus.
The only “cop” that appears awake is a man with an emblem on his chest; I can’t quite make out what the emblem is, but I’m sure it’s symbolic of something.
Then we see different men marching, with one holding a pyramid-shaped object on the left hand side, and one holding a hexagram-shaped object on the right hand side. The hexagram appears to have five bars going through it, which perhaps could be a symbol of the media (hexagram= 6 = an “evil” number.) In this sense, it could symbolize how religions like Gnosticism or Paganism are “restraining” or “enslaving” people (pentagrams have five points, and are closely tied to these religions.) The hexagram could also be seen as representative of the Star of David, so perhaps the bars in front exist to make an anti-Semitic statement (the video does have a Nazi-like feel.)
What’s more, the Star of David is essentially two opposing triangles put together; from a Gnostic perspective, these two triangles represent the union of the male (regular triangle) and the female (upside-down triangle.) Furthermore, this union of male and female is thought to be reminiscent of the idea of androgyny, and how God is considered to be sexless. In this way, perhaps the hexagram with bars in front is reflecting someone or something being against the concept of androgyny. Of course, the pyramid is the common symbol for the Illuminati.
In addition, the man holding the hexagram is facing forward towards the camera, while the man holding the pyramid is marching backwards (you can tell by their shadows.) Depending on Gaga’s intentions, this could mean either that the pyramid-concept is positive and should be ingrained in our society, but it is moving backwards, or not surviving, OR, this could mean that the pyramid-concept is evil, and she’s telling us that we better “wake up” before it’s too late.
There are ten men total, with the first “line-up” consisting of 7 men in the back and 3 in the front…Seven and three are both powerful numbers in mainstream religion.
Next, we go to one of the many versions of Lady Gaga present in the video. She is wearing a heart-shape around her head and huge glasses over her eyes. At this point, this video already appears to have undertones of Alice in Wonderland (Queen of Hearts,) Neverending Story II (the villain,) and Mad Max. Around the heart-shape are various white lights, some noticeably brighter than others; I can’t be sure, but it appears that there are ten white lights total. She then is seen carrying a heart with a pin in it, on a pillow, before she does the “one-eye thing,” (where she covers one of her eyes.) The heart itself could be representative of the “bleeding heart” of Christ, or the Sacred Heart, while covering one of her eyes could be symbolic of the “All-Seeing Eye” concept, used by the Illuminati.
Next, we see the second version of Gaga walking in front of a coffin, with the Gaga above looking down from her fortress; this is eerily similar to the White Queen/Red Queen concept from Alice in Wonderland, and if this is the case, then it seems that the good, White Queen is sacrificing her heart to the evil, Red Queen. This also could be resembling the relationship between Satan and Lucifer (dark and light,) especially when she says, “I know that you love me, but I just cant be like this with you anymore.”
Again representing Alice in Wonderland, we see the “bad queen” smoking a pipe from her left hand. A close-up of this version of Gaga shows her making the Catholic sign of reverence given to those who are holy. Moreover, this is known as the Sign of Benediction, and is thought to cast the image of the Devil onto a wall, when made.
We then see the soldier-men dancing in a circle, making hand gestures that are eerily similar to the motion of the cutting off of Mary Magdalene’s head (the gesture made by Peter in The Last Supper painting, and by John in the Virgin of the Rocks painting.) The men then throw each other down a violent, thrusting motion.
Next, we come to yet another Gaga, seen in the coffin. She is wearing a nun costume that appears to be blood-red, while holding rosary beads by her loins.
A fourth Gaga is then seen virtually naked, on a bed, straddling one of the soldier-men upside down. It is here where many drew similarities between Gaga and Madonna as far as her appearance. Subtly in this scene, we see one bright light, or star, in the background. When she sits down on the man, (representing when penis would enter vagina,) we see two stars in the background, but when she comes up, one of the stars goes away. Perhaps this is reflecting the Gnostic concept that our true “mate” in life is our spiritual half, despite the common attitude that sex brings us closer to God. Therefore, one star is present when there is no intercourse going on, because we are focused on our true God vs. the union with another human being.
Yet another Gaga is present, wearing a white hood with red stripes across her arm and her nether region. Specifically, the cross on the robe is inverted, which is a controversial symbol in today’s practice of devil-worshiping, although some believe the origins of this symbol were not evil, but instead were taken over by evil concepts over time. The soldier-men throw this Gaga around, swooning her, until eventually she removes the hood, becomes nude, and (we are made to believe) that an orgy takes place.
It is here where the video begins to get confusing and a bit outrageous, with the “coffin Gaga” eating the rosary, a Gaga showing up in all black, another Gaga wearing a cone bra (another Madonna similarity,) and yet still, another Gaga in underwear, sporting black glasses and a leather jacket (eerily similar to Michael Jackson.) In this last scene, there is also a cross seen hanging in the background.
Lastly, we see a soldier attached by strings, like a puppet, holding a gun by his genitals. This could be representative of the “mind-control” that supposedly will be introduced by the government in the near future. The last scene of Gaga is the version of her who is in the coffin, and she is held to the coffin by strings as well. Behind her, the strings or wires form the shape of an upside down triangle. The camera goes close-up to Gaga, who’s face disturbingly dissolves like acid from the screen, before the video concludes.
Overall, “Alejandro” is open to multiple symbolic meanings as it is so complex and diverse in imagery. What is clear, however, is that Gaga undergoes some sort of transformation throughout the video, rejecting one religious belief and embracing another. The question is whether or not she is promoting something evil or something good, and whether or not she herself volunteered to take on this transformation, or if someone else tricked her into “selling her soul” to the music industry, and inevitably the “powers that be.”
“Alejandro” runs at eight minutes and was directed by Steven Klein.