Lady Gaga appelle les comparaisons avec Madonna ‘retardées’.
Apr 20, 2011 3:43 AM
In a profanity-laced interview in the new NME, recently hatched pop icon Lady Gaga had some strong words for anyone who thinks her song "Born This Way" sounds a lot like Madonna's "Express Yourself." The very notion, in fact, is downright "retarded," and any co-writing credit should go to Capital H-I-M.
When the interviewer first broached the tender subject — observing that "a bit of ['Born This Way'] does sound quite a lot" like Madonna's song — Gaga vehemently denied having knowingly referenced it, saying, "I am not stupid enough to put out a record and be that moronic."
But the interviewer pressed on, and that's when she really went off:
"No. Listen to me. Why the f**k? I'm a songwriter...Why would I try to put out a song and think I'm getting one over on everybody? That's retarded. If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It's the same on that's been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I'm the first f**king artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn't mean I'm a plagiarist. It means I'm f**king smart. Sorry."
The reporter then changed the subject to Gaga's new single, "Judas." But the singer, now in tears, only wanted to talk about "Born This Way."
"I feel like honestly that God sent me those lyrics and that melody...There's no way for something that pure to be wrong."
Not to add yet another sermon, but it's getting a little difficult to stay sympathetic to Gaga's divine cause when she casually throws around terms like "retarded." Last time I checked, the intellectually disabled were born that way, too.
[NME via ONTD, photo via Getty]
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Lady Gaga Calls Madonna Plagiarism Charges "Retarded"
Wednesday – April 20, 2011 – 11:00am
Long lauded for her civil rights work in the LGBT community, Lady Gaga just dropped the "R word."
When NME asked the 25-year-old star whether she thought "Born This Way" was a knock-off of Madonna's "Express Yourself," the singer (real name: Stefani Germanotta) was outraged. "I'm a songwriter. I've written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I'm getting one over on everybody? That's retarded."
She raged on: "What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about… If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It's the same one that's been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I’m the first f***ing artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn’t mean I’m a plagiarist, it means that I’m f***ing smart. Sorry."
When Jennifer Aniston used the word "retard" in a Live! With Regis and Kelly interview in August, Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc (a nonprofit advocacy group for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities), told Us Weekly her usage of the term was "extraordinarily offensive and inappropriate."
"Frankly, someone in her position ought to know better," Berns said of Aniston, 42. "She is using language that is offensive to a large segment of the population in this country… Even if [the word] wasn't intended to insult them, that is the effect of it."
Other celebs, including Lindsay Lohan and Howard Stern, have been blasted for their use of the "R word" as well.
Kirsten Seckler, spokeswoman for the Special Olympics, told Us that stars may want to use the word "ridiculous" instead. She added: "Think before you speak, especially when you're making fun of yourself or others."
Tell Us: Should Gaga apologize for using the word "retarded"?