Lady Gaga, no stranger to controversy, is apparently at it again. In a promotional clip for a documentary, the pop star is dressed as a nun while perched on the edge of a chair, poised to be spanked by clothing designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who appears in the video dressed as a priest.
The documentary, entitled "Gaga by Gaultier," features the songstress posing in photo shoots and sitting down for an interview with the French designer.
One photo shoot has Gaga dressed in a black habit and Gaultier, 59, wearing a long, black robe and a white collar. Gaga, 25, sits perched on the edge of a chair, her hands clasped in prayer, while Gaultier stands behind her, his palm inches away from her backside.
Gaga, who attended the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2010 wearing a dress made out of raw meat and who "hatched" from an oversized egg at the Grammy Awards in February, is likely to provoke fresh criticism from the Christian community for again borrowing religious imagery for less-than dignified purposes.
When Lady Gaga released a song in April called "Judas" written from the perspective of Mary Magdalene, the music video for the single sparked the ire of some in the Christian community.
Another music video from Lady Gaga, “Alejandro,” created outcry over its use of religious imagery, which featured the pop singer dressed as a nun and swallowing a rosary.
"Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general: she dresses as a nun, she gets raped, she swallows the rosary. She has now morphed into a caricature of herself," Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, told HollywoodLife.com.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, was raised Catholic.
"Gaga by Gaultier" is scheduled to air in the U.S. on September 12 from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on the CW Network.