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Why Do We Judge the Acts of Lady Gaga, Joe Jonas and Other Celebrities?

If you’re a regular on the Project Inspired website, you will have read many blogs that question the acts of celebrities like Lady Gaga and Joe Jonas. Oftentimes we receive comments from readers that accuse us of bashing these celebrities. “Who are you to judge?” and “Aren’t you being un-Christian,” are just a couple of comment examples.

Recently Nicole wrote, Why God Instructs Us to Judge Unrighteous Acts. The biggest misconception on this site is that we judge people. The truth is that we judge actions. We cannot determine right from wrong if we cannot judge conduct.

Matthew 7:16 -“Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

Gaga’s words vs. her actions, Joe Jonas’ collaborations, or Nicki Minaj’s music, are all examples of actions. We judge these actions and we leave our opinion open for question. Why?  Because questions lead to valuable discussions.

The reality is that many teens pick celebrities to be their role models. Whether they like to or not, celebrities influence the actions of these young teens in their own lives. Therefore, it’s also our responsibility as Christians to expose bad behavior of celebrities when we see it, with the hope that they’re not emulated.

Ephesians 5:11 -“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

And then we try to refocus that attention on Him. He is the real celebrity. The only one who should inspire and guide us. Jesus Christ.

All comments are welcome at Project Inspired, even the ones that criticize our blog posts. Although we appreciate the agreements and the thanks in our positive comments –keep them coming please—we are also grateful for the opinions in the negative comments. Contrasting ideas create discussion, and that is what we are promoting with every subject that we introduce.

The reason why we encourage discussion on Project Inspired is so that we can reflect these controversial questions in our own everyday lives. Oftentimes, we are led by peer pressure from friends, or we aspire to be just like our favorite celebrities, without ever wondering if they are doing something wrong. We become blind to their faults because we are so in awe of them.

1 Corinthians 15:33 -Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

For example, Joe Jonas‘ collaboration with talented, but unsavory people and the question of whether he should pursue them, reflects our own choices when it comes to friendships. Should we befriend unsavory people, even if they inspire us? Is it okay to be friends with someone who is a talented dancer even if she is a bully? Is it okay to befriend someone who claims to be a Christian but who blasphemes and tells grotesque jokes about Christians? These are questions that we bring up in our articles and discuss with you.

So in short, our judgments of controversial actions open questions that lead to discussions, and discussions allow us to make decisions. Your life will be filled with controversy and hopefully Project Inspired provides a forum for you to practice the art of open and honest discussion.

Thank you to all our commenters for being part of these conversations and providing valuable peer insight. We appreciate your views and hope that you continue to be a part of the discussion. All we ask is that you remain honest and true. And remember, Jesus Christ should be in the forefront of all our decisions, for He is the number one celebrity. God bless you all.

Written by T.M. Gaouette

Image: buzznet.com and nick.com

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by nine on July 13, 2013 at 05:44

    Hello Nicole and hello to everyone !
    I already posted comments on PI supporting Gaga, but I know that a majority of you guys do not like her and think that she has a bad influence.
    I am a Christian and I am fan of hers, as some of you may have noticed in some previous comments of mine on another article about her.
    Can I add that I do not come here as an enemy of this website, or to argue with anyone, but to understand your point of view as regards religion. (I would never disaparage my own faith) ?
    I come from France, that is very secular in comparison with the US.
    Personally, I am a believer, and I believe above all that religion is about love and understanding.
    Religious symbols, (I believe symbols are what brings us together), can be interpreted in many ways, and are constutive of our vision of good and evil as a person and as a community.
    Lady Gaga is playing with these codes, and I think that what she is trying to say is not all (although part of it is) bad or unchristian, even though her irony is difficult to grasp, because it doesn’t fit in what society has taught us ever since we were born.
    It seems to me that she is making fun of people who claim to be christians and do not act as such through her distorted imagery.
    I just wonder if someone else noticed it, because, to fight against hypocrisy surely fits in the Christian message, “thou shall not lie”.
    I believe that the lies I am talking about come from political propaganda, not religion, and that she is trying to dissociate both, unlike masons, in order for people to better understand each other.
    I do not like hatred of any kind, and hatred between christians and masons or other religious communities, etc is driving me completely crazy.
    I will stop there but do not hesitate to share with me about this, I would appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 12:08

    Phoebe,
    I think the point was to show you the videos for you to make the decision. They dont force you to watch it. They arent trying to control your life, and i think they were kinda just saying see for yourself. and its not publicity. we arent saying that we love them or that we just spotted them getting coffee. they didnt say it was okay to watch the videos.

  3. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 10:08

    You haven’t explained a thing. The article about Lady Gaga was awful. Let God be the judge. Saying she’s “disgusting” and “brainwashing” people IS judging. If there’s something I don’t like on TV, I change the channel.

    • Posted by on October 26, 2011 at 17:53

      That article was wondeful. and the fact that you seem a bit obsessed with telling us how awful it was kinda insinuates that you know it was dead-on true, too. She DOES act disgusting to God, so that isnt negative judging (and there is NOTHING wrong with judging, we do it all the time and couldnt hae opinions without it), and whats’s worse, people like you are living, breathing proof that she DOES BRAINWASH THE MASSES.

      Plus if there is something bad on the tv or radio, I shouldnt HAVE to shut it off- it should not BE there to begin with.

      oh, and guess what Amari? You just judged Nicole, the article, and all of us. Pot, meet kettle.

      • bbgirl2000

        Posted by bbgirl2000 on June 1, 2014 at 16:02

        I agree with what you said, but you went about saying it in a rude way. You can be honest AND polite at the same time. You do make a good point though, and the truth can be unappealing

    • Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 14:43

      Thank you! That’s exactly what should be done!

  4. Posted by on September 28, 2011 at 16:00

    Thanks for writing this! And I think it’s really sad how someone like Joe Jonas can be completely turned around and changed by the devil’s playground known as Hollywood. His videos and songs are actually pretty bad now. It’s sad.

  5. Posted by on September 26, 2011 at 14:42

    You are right! I’ve appreciated the posts because you aren’t judging, but making us aware so we do not idolize these people any longer. They are just human. We all mess up, but they are examples of how Satan corrupts even the most righteous. Through these articles we learn how to strengthen our defenses against the devil and his disastrous acts! It’s a sad day when you figure out THE JONAS BROTHERS, a family unit that seemed so grounded and synched with God, ditches their purity rings and creates disgusting and worldly videos. Without you I would have never known, so thank you!

  6. Posted by on September 21, 2011 at 14:38

    I kinda agree with the question. I understand why you guys are showing us girls exactly WHY those things/people aren’t good when parents or trusted adults might just be saying “Oh just don’t listen to that she’s not good.” without giving us any reason not to. And I am thankful for that, you have made me look at what I listen/read/watch and all of that stuff. But I do have a MAJOR issue with you guys using the word judge so often. I have been involved with ministry for a bit and if a non Christian stumbled on this website and saw you guys saying that you are judging the actions of their favorite artist’s they would instantly click off and just get mad and see Christians as hypocrites. Long story short my personal opinion is always assume that non-Christians are gonna be on here and we need to be showing them the love of Christ not the condemnation of Christians. But I really do love your website it has giving me a lot to think about and has challenged me on some things that normally I would just sweep under the rug. 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by raindance on July 28, 2012 at 10:09

      Hey Christina, I completely agree with you!

      I’m an atheist, and I’ve always had a bitter taste in my mouth about Christianity (for various reasons) – until I met my ex. He showed me that Christians were kind, caring, open individuals. He loved me in such a sweet, pure way, and he explained that God’s love for him showed him how to love me. With him, I went to churches and lectures and debated with him to explore the Christian faith. In a bid to find out more by myself, I found ProjectInspired.

      To be honest, I’m not too sure about what I’ve been reading. I found that Christians, instead of judging, live out their kingdom culture for others to see and follow. Instead of talking, they walk. Had I not been with my ex, I would’ve done exactly what you said non-believers would do – click off the site and think Christians are hypocrites. While many articles on this site are very insightful, several judging articles make me question the judging nature of Christians.

      I’m not seeking to attack any writers of these articles. I do, however, recommend writing articles in a different style. Not so much judging, but more showing kingdom culture.

  7. Posted by on September 21, 2011 at 13:35

    I have to say, I like how you expose about Lady Gaga, I don’t think we should be quiet on anything that is a bad influence, it needs to be exposed. The only reason, people would not want that is because they like her, and want to support her, I would pray no one would support her and her satanic ways. I don’t think this means we shouldn’t pray for her or her followers, I think we should. And, for any other celebrities that are giving a bad message which unfortutely is alot of them sadly. It’s very saddening to see the way this generation is, teaching young girls it’s ok to look at porn its “hot” to try different sex moves, your Guy will love this etc. Really? that’s going to cause damage to you, and what happend to modesty?

    • Posted by on October 4, 2011 at 18:33

      I would like to disagree with you; I am not a fan of Lady Gaga and I do not particularly like her. I’m not sure what you mean by support- if you mean that I stand up for her then yes, I do. I don’t like her style of music but I can at least respect her as an artist. If that makes me a “follower”, so be it. I don’t know Lady Gaga and I’m going to assume you don’t either, so don’t call her satanic if you don’t know HER actual reasons behind her actions. Yes, I said HER reasons, not the reasons an observer is telling you are true. I’m not going to argue with your point about immodesty, because I’m being completely honest here, and yes many of her outfits are very exposing. But when you throw words like satanic out there, you better know what you’re talking about and not just be taking someone else’s word for it.

      • Posted by on October 26, 2011 at 17:50

        who cares what her reasons are? the girl is SUPPORTING satanism by wearing SATANIC symbols and posting 666 on the holiest day of the year!

    • Posted by on September 29, 2011 at 00:03

      I totally agree! It will only harm us in the end, so it needs to be exposed, if not gotten rid of totally. And there are little girls even more impressionable than us reading Seventeen. I like the prom issues but anything beyond that is full of condom jokes and articles about ways to seduce guys, make yourself look “sexy” and how to buy everything under the sun to make yourself look like every other girl out there.

    • Posted by on September 26, 2011 at 14:47

      agreed!

  8. Posted by on September 21, 2011 at 07:50

    PI mods, can you write an article about Seventeen magazine? I know about the great anti-cosmo movement here, but Seventeen is absolutely disgusting because it promotes some of the same things, but directly to teens- it’s all about hookups, how to behave and dress suggestively, and justifys it all by telling girls to take birth control…ugh.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 21, 2011 at 11:23

      I havent looked at Seventeen mag lately- really? that’s crazy. I’ll buy it today and look through it. Thanks Kate!

  9. Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 16:42

    If you’re judging celeb’s acts and not them, why put their name in the title-and just their name (and whatever about how immature they’re acting) and not WHAT THEY DID? It’s contradictory. And don’t get me wrong, I’m completely for judging people’s actions and not them, but it seems like this site is focusing more on the person than their action. And that isn’t something I’d like to see on a God(and Jesus)-focused site.

  10. Posted by on September 18, 2011 at 17:12

    Also, Christian’s can listen to the music they want to. You are all sick.

    • Posted by on October 2, 2011 at 00:19

      they CAN, but they SHOULDN’T if they value their relationship with God. That’s what this is about.

      • Posted by on October 26, 2011 at 17:49

        exactly.

        and luisa- do you EVER contribute to any articles but to ignorant ones you blindly agree with like this? All I have seen you say is “AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!1” which is also offensive to God when you use HIS word to praise things that go against HIM.

    • Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 16:36

      Amen!

  11. Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 13:03

    I’m really worried. I have a friend who is obsessed with Katy Perry, Lady GagGag (Gaga), and Ke$ha. Any Christian alternatives available that I can introduce them to?

    • Posted by on October 26, 2011 at 17:48

      Paramore’s lyrics arent always good, and the lead singer not only posed topless but did a Cosmo interview and was on the cover.

    • Posted by on September 19, 2011 at 13:33

      You could also try for a more inspirational and well-thought out music style: Tenth Avenue North, Third Day, Building 429, Matthew West, Matt Maher, Britt Nicole(She’s a very good Christian pop artist that sounds a lot like most of the mainstream girls), Francesca Battistelli(she sounds like Sara Barriellias and maybe Avril Lavigne).

    • Posted by Nicole on September 16, 2011 at 18:04

      there is an article called “Uplifting songs to listen to” type that in the search bar it should come up. There are lots and lots of Christian artists there you can see!

  12. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 11:27

    no i dont think its okay….to judge people…if u are judging their actions u are basically judging them because theyre actions are what makes them who they are. therefore u are trying to play god

    • Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 17:59

      It’s not judging; its warning.

    • Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 06:34

      Who is to say that this is judging? God is Judge over all! God tells us to stay away from evil to flee from the devil! Wake up call… the devil uses people to do his bidding. God tells us in His Word to recognize evil and to stay away. Have you thought that maybe one of the devil’s tactics is to make people think “oh they are judging”. You just judged me while reading this comment… we judge what we see. Or is it really judging? We process things that we take in and “judge” rather right or wrong. God is Judge over all and He lets us know what He will judge in His Word (ex.the Ten commandments). God tells us to warn others. These articles simply put light on the darkness in our world. If we were “judging” we would be giving verdicts such as “because of their acts, they should be senteced to death”, but that is not the hearts of these people writing the articles… they are voices crying out in the wilderness, warning others of ungodliness. We should never enjoy darkness. God’s Word says to not let any filthy talk come out of our mouths, He says to honor and treat others with respect, to be encouraging one to another, and the list goes on and on. Are what we listening to and watching honoring the values that God honors? There are a lot of good Chirstian artists out there too. You don’t have to listen to a song filled with filthy language to make you feel good because it has a great beat. There are all kinds of Christian music that has that beat you may like, and you would know that you are putting good thoughts in your mind while listening to it.

    • Posted by on October 4, 2011 at 18:22

      Judging someone’s actions is not necessarily judging the person; a particular action isn’t what makes a person who they are. I think you oppose the articles “bashing” celebrities, and I am completely with you on that. And I do agree that it appears as though the author of the articles is in a sense playing God. I just don’t agree with your statement there..

  13. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 20:00

    A lot of people don’t know that God judged people by their actions,so we should do the same. Also,what a lot of people don’t realize is that not all Judging is negative.

  14. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 19:32

    Thanks for explaining why you post about celebs 🙂

  15. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 15:22

    amen girl

  16. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 11:39

    Can you write an article about the singer P!nk? She seems like a nice singer (although she may curse). I mean most of her songs are inspirational- Perfect, Stupid Girls, etc. I would appreciate it. 🙂

    • Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 20:25

      Lol, A song ab out stupid girls doesn’t sound inspirational…And I don’t tink that you should listen to music with cursing, just because if you here is too much, it will evantually come out…what goes in, must come out! : D

      • Posted by on October 2, 2011 at 00:17

        Crystal: The reason we are so serious about this is to lead a holy Christian life as God wants us to, we have to be extremely careful about everything we do. Music is powerful and so influential, making the issue that much more important. We have to protect our minds and hearts and keep our spiritual lives as a priority. If we make compromises in things like what we listen to or what we watch, it takes a toll on our spiritual lives, and you don’t notice it till: a0 it goes too far. b) you see someone who hasnt made those compromises and you see the difference. or c) you come out of it and realize how much junk you let into your life and how much it hurt you. C is what happened to me. but not with music. it was more with tv and movies

      • Posted by on September 28, 2011 at 23:59

        The Bible says that what you think about starts to form who you are, your personality and your actions.
        “So as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

        What you listen to may be entertaining in that moment, but it has long term effects on your soul.

      • Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 09:23

        Wow!! Is it really that serious. Why cant people listen to music just because its entertaining. Why does there have to be such nitpicking. Everyone is different. These artist portray what they want. There is no right or wrong way. I bet at the end of the day you listen to the same music. This sounds so fanatic.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 12, 2011 at 12:49

      I don’t find her music inspirational, or necessarily “harmful” to write about- does that make sense?

  17. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 08:36

    Thank You! I LOVE reading other people’s opinions, but sometimes it gets annoying to read ANOTHER comment saying that everyone is just being judgemental and we should stop telling them what’s right and wrong.

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on December 16, 2011 at 07:18

      That’s why I thought this article was necessary. Thanks for your support.

  18. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 07:24

    I’m very happy this site writes articles like that on Lady Gaga and other celebrities…it’s what led me to find this site in the first place. No one else out there on the web is taking a truly critical look at these actions-PI is in no way judgemental! People need to wake up and see what’s really going on with these so-called ‘role models.’

  19. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 06:20

    Very well written and SO true!

  20. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 06:13

    Wonderful article! 🙂

  21. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 04:05

    Really it shouldn’t be who are you to judge, but why give them more publicity by talking about them. Ok so now we know that Lady Gaga and some others aren’t good to watch or listen to. But you post their videos to show how bad they are…. I never would have watched the video if you hadn’t put it on here. Now, I’m not blaming it all on you. I knew better than to watch it, but you’re showing girls that it’s ok to watch it if you put it on here.

    • Posted by on September 24, 2011 at 19:50

      I agree, I love the articles but not the videos. I usually don’t look at them since I usually know what to expect but I think it would be nice if you wrote about what happened in the videos before people watched them so that they know what to expect and if they should watch it or not.

      • tmgaouette

        Posted by tmgaouette on September 28, 2011 at 18:24

        We use them to back up our points, yes. Usually the content gives you an idea of what to expect, but I will try to remember to add a viewer warning where applicable. Thanks.

    • Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 14:07

      I see your point, but I think it’s entirely about using the videos as an example for what’s not “right.” or proving her opinions on Gaga’s actions by backing them up.

      • Posted by on September 14, 2011 at 05:17

        Here’s the thing- I would have never watched that video on my own, and so of course I’m not going to watch it when they post it here either. They post it to back up their points and to show you what they’re talking about, because some of the girls do listen to them or have watched that video of their own free will before

  22. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 00:04

    Great post! Love it!