There’s been controvery over Lady Gaga’s participation in the Europride parade closing concert in Rome. Catholic politicians have warned Lady Gaga not to make provocative statements about the pope. The religious group ‘Militia Christi’ have planned a protest.
The Associated Press reports:
Participants in an annual European gay pride event are waiting to hear Lady Gaga sing her hit “Born This Way” at the end of their march.
The Europride parade, held every year in a different European city, ends Saturday evening in Circus Maximus, a grassy field where ancient Romans would gather for entertainment.
Organizers hope the event will draw attention to discrimination homosexuals face in some parts of the world. The U.S. ambassador to Italy was among those who invited Lady .
The Daily Telegraph adds:
A small protest is planned by a religious group calling itself ‘Militia Christi,’ and Catholic politicians have warned Lady Gaga, a vocal advocate of gay rights, against making provocative statements about the pope.
“The gay world does not feel represented by someone who makes videos that offend Jesus,” said Rocco Buttiglione, the deputy speaker of parliament.
“If Lady Gaga attacks the Holy Father or the Catholic Church, millions of gay moderates will not recognise themselves in those comments,” he said.
Carlo Giovanardi, a junior minister for family policy, dismissed the event as “a chance to mock the Holy Father, make fun of the clergy and those who dedicate their lives to others and dress up in all sorts of costumes”.