Madonna is never one to hold back on voicing her opinions, especially when it comes to hydrangeas. In other words, she’s learned to expresses herself. But her vocal antics don’t stop at loathing flowers and now it seems Lady Gaga is her next target. If you recall, there was a bit of a controversy last year regarding the similarities between Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Madonna’s classic hit, “Express Yourself.” Some started calling Gaga’s song a knock-off, accusing her of copying Madonna’s work (rumors she immediately refuted). However, we never heard Madonna’s view on the matter…until now.
The legendary singer addressed the similarities between the two songs (somewhat callously) in a new interview with Newsweek, saying, “I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was . . . interesting.” Now that statement can be read in one of two ways: she’s genuinely trying to give Gaga a compliment while innocently admitting that the songs are somewhat similar, or she’s purposefully trying to undermine Lady Gaga’s songwriting skills and achievements by implying that she copied her hit song. It’s really hard to tell since the comments seem polite and essentially complimentary, but knowing Madonna’s confrontational nature I’m willing to bet there’s an underlying meaning in there somewhere.
In another recent interview on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show, Madonna additionally mentioned Gaga, saying, “When I first saw her I was really impressed by her and she was cool,” adding, “She did remind me of me back in the day.” Another compliment or a different way of showing how much she believes Gaga mimics her? You never know with Madonna. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous since Gaga’s way above stealing content from another artist, although I do have to give Madonna props for dominating in the backhanded compliment category. I guess she was just born that way.