Lana Del Rey fans are confused by her Judah Smith Interlude and the memes are hilarious

24 March 2023, 14:43

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By Sam Prance

Who is Judah Smith? The controversial Hillsong preacher has a surprising spot on Lana Del Rey's new album.

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Lana Del Rey's new album includes an interlude with Hillsong preacher Judah Smith and it's inspired the funniest memes.

Lana Del Rey is no stranger to challenging the typical constraints of pop music. Over the course of her career to date, Lana has repeatedly bucked radio trends and stayed true to her singular artistry. In recent years, Lana has released everything from spoken word poetry albums (Violet Bent Backwards over the Grass) to epic 9 minute long songs ('Venice Bitch').

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However, Lana has shocked fans with a track on her new album Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. 'Judah Smith Interlude' is almost fives minutes of controversial preacher Judah Smith essentially shouting in a sermon. Reactions to the track so far range from bewilderment to upset and the memes about it are hilariously savage.

What is Judah Smith Interlude about?

Lana Del Rey and Judah Smith and his wife Chelsea Smith
Lana Del Rey and Judah Smith and his wife Chelsea Smith. Picture: Erik Voake/Getty Images for Roc Nation, @judahsmith via Instagram

Judah Smith is a preacher of the controversial megachurch Hillsong and a close friend of Justin Bieber. In recent years, he's been criticised for being more of an influencer than a preacher. 'Judah Smith Interlude' includes an excerpt of a real Judah Smith sermon in which he preaches against lust, infidelity and envy and promotes the importance of the Bible.

During the interlude, Judah shouts: "'I don't understand what that means' / It means quit lusting after your neighbor' and 'Help me, God / I wanna be a man in love, not a man in lust'". Elsewhere, he says: "I woke up this morning and God said, 'Check the Bible'".

Hillsong, where Judah works, has also been criticised repeatedly for being homophobic.

Lana Del Rey - Judah Smith Interlude (Audio)

Taking into consideration the fact that Lana has many LGBTQ+ fans with complex relationships to the church, the new interlude has sparked a wide variety of responses including some very savage memes.

Many fans joked that they will be skipping the track. Another fan wrote: "You gotta be a whole other level of gay and religiously traumatised to sit through and enjoy all 4 and a half minutes of this shit".

As it stands, Lana is yet to explain her intent in putting the Judah Smith interlude on her album nor the meaning behind it. It's also unclear if Lana goes to Judah's church. We shall update you if she says anything.

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