Lady Gaga left New Zealand fans agog with her stunning visual symphony at the weekend - but it's her latest big-budget video which has left the United States wide-mouthed.
A nine-minute clip for Lady Gaga's song Telephone, also starring Beyonce Knowles, has been labelled unsuitable for younger fans because of its explicit content, Sydney's Sunday Telegraph reported yesterday.
The video features graphic violence, a lesbian kiss, mass murder, nudity and expletives. The newspaper reported she also "almost gets naked in the video, with only some precise pixilation and carefully-placed gaffer tape to protect her modesty".
Lady Gaga, who performed two sellout concerts at Auckland's Vector Arena at the weekend, said the video was inspired by Quentin Tarantino's films.
"There's certainly always a hidden message in my music videos," she said. "I'm always trying to convolute everyone's idea of what a pop-music video should be."
The Telegraph reported that within 12 hours of the video being released on the internet it had half a million hits and nearly as many blogs dissecting its possible meanings.
The video is being touted as the successor to Michael Jackson's epic video to Thriller.