Early last week we got to hear audio of Madonna seemingly mocking Lady Gaga’s song Born This Way in the wake of allegations that Gaga’s song is a rip-off of Madonna’s song Express Yourself. Today we get to hear from Gaga herself in a seeming response to that mockery. During a long and rambling performance of the song Hair while out on tour in New Zealand this week, Gaga made reference to other people who like to “make a mockery” of other people’s work. It’s unclear if she was speaking specifically about Madonna but it seems likely. Click below to watch video of Gaga’s 11+ minute performance/speech and see what you think of her comments.
Here is the full video of Gaga’s performance … she talks a lot. Watch the video to hear her comments in full but I’ve excerpted a portion of the relevant parts below:
“You could never invalidate the power of Born This Way … I don’t want to be your fucking Queen, I want to be your friend … It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make a mockery of their work. But, that couldn’t make me feel good at all. That’d just make me feel like I’m not being a good human being. I feel that if you’re a really good human being, you can try and find something beautiful in every single person. And, it’s a challenge – but, at the end of the day I learned so much this year about that. I learned a lot about negativity. I learned a lot about people trying to tear you down. But I’m just not that person, and I never will be. And I don’t even wanna fight back. Because, it’s more important to me to keep writing music. Cause that’s all I really care about … my music … I don’t have a fanbase that wants me to fight or bite or be shady. Or cunty. The way that we all used to be … We’re in a new place in society now, aren’t we? … Things are really different now than they were 25 years ago and that’s what makes Born This Way so relevant for me … We’re just socially in a completely different place and it’s okay: You don’t have to hate and slice each other anymore.”
Now, I am assuming that Gaga is speaking about Madonna’s mockery of Born This Way but, of course, I cannot know for sure. These comments do seem to address the fact that Madonna has taken aim at BTW but … who knows. Honestly, the debate over BTW and Express Yourself is so tired. Wouldn’t it be amazing if both Madonna and Lady Gaga just shut up about it already? I say, let them each do what they do, entertain their own fans and ditch the drama. I just really do not want this she said/she said stuff to go on forever :/