Muslim Women Speak Out Against Lady Gaga’s ‘Burqa’ Fetish

Someone has to speak up.

By Jamilah King Aug 22, 2013

Lady Gaga’s leaked song "Burqa" is causing quite a bit of outrage.

"Critics are slamming Lady Gaga for appropriating, exoticizing, and sexualizing a garment that’s meant to maintain modesty," said HuffPost Live host Dena Takruri*. In describing the song earlier this month, Jezebel said the track "sounds like what would happen if you took a series of ‘ethnic’ GarageBand samples and put them in a blender, and then took that blender to a torture dungeon run by Calvin Harris and rattled it around arrhythmically." Some of the lyrics:

I’m not a wandering slave I am a woman of choice
My veil is protection for the gorgeousness of my face

Do you wanna see me naked, lover?
Do you wanna peak underneath the cover?


Enigma popstar is fun
She wear burqa for fashion
It’s not a statement as much as just a move of passion.

You can listen to the track on YouTube.

In a segment that aired on Thursday afternoon, Takruri spoke with Ilana Alazzeh, a Muslim activist based in Washington, DC; Eren Cervantes-Altamirano, a Muslim writer based in Canada; Hind Makki, a Chicago-based blogger at; and Keziah S. Ridgeway, a Philadelphia high school teacher. You can see their conversation in the video above.

*Post has been updated since publication to correct the spelling of Dena Takruri’s name.