Kara Warner of MTV said that it seemed reminiscent of Madonna's "Vogue" video and Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight", but stated that in "Alejandro", Gaga's style was more cutting, masculine and militant in contrast to Madonna's.
Because of the video's military theme, comparisons were also made to Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation".
"Alejandro" is a song by American singer Lady Gaga.
The song charted in the United Kingdom and Hungary due to digital sales following the album's release.
The accompanying music video was directed by fashion photographer Steven Klein and inspired by Gaga's love for her gay friends and admiration of gay love.
Within the video, Gaga dances with a group of soldiers in a cabaret, interspersed with scenes of Gaga as a nun swallowing a rosary and near-naked men holding machine guns.
On the program, Gaga said to King that the video has a "homoerotic military theme" [...] "It is a celebration of my love and appreciation for the gay community, my admiration of their bravery, their love for one another and their courage in their relationships." The scene then cuts to male dancers performing elaborate choreography while marching forward with a Star of David.
As the intro of the song begins, Gaga is shown leading a funeral procession, carrying the Sacred Heart on a pillow.