Lady Gaga tweeted the above ^^ photo last night – it looks like her face/head is still really bruised after one of her dancers slammed a metal pole into her head onstage in New Zealand. Poor Gaga – I bet everything in that general area is as sore as can be.
Anyway, you remember how there was video of Madonna “covering” Gaga’s “Born This Way” a few weeks ago? The medley is actually part of Madge’s show now – she sings “Express Yourself” and then goes into “Born this Way” and then moves on to another song. Pretty much everyone thinks Madonna is just doing it to make a point – that point being “Born This Way is pretty much the same song as Express Yourself, so Lady Gaga is a copycat.” Once again, here’s how Madonna does it:
I actually think Madge is pretty smart for making her point that way – she had already made some comments about it (“I thought, ‘What a wonderful way to redo my song.’ I mean, I recognized the chord changes. When I heard it on the radio, I said ‘that sounds very familiar.’ It feels reductive”) in interviews, but hearing “Express Yourself” and “Born This Way” side-by-side, live, in concert, is extraordinary.
Gaga didn’t really have anything to say when the Madonna videos first came out. But when Gaga was performing in New Zealand last week, many think she made some pointed comments directed at Madge. In the middle of her stage show, Gaga said:
“It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work…And that doesn’t make me feel good at all. That just makes me feel like I’m not a good human being…I don’t even want to fight back because it’s more important to me to keep writing music. Because that’s really all I care about, is the music. Things are really different than they were 25 years ago, and that’s what makes Born This Way so relevant for me… We’re socially in a different place and it’s OK, we don’t have to all slice and hate each other anymore.”
Yeah… I get Gaga’s point: “Stop hating, bitch.” She wants to call a truce with Madge. Sort of. Obviously, many people think the “Things are really different than they were 25 years ago…” comment is pointed – as in, Madonna’s heyday was 25 years ago, and Gaga is saying things have changed since then. Although I have to say – Gaga’s argument falls flat. If she just kept it about respect and NO HATE, that would be one thing. But making it about how things were “25 years ago” is ridiculous given that Gaga is flat-out copying stuff Madonna did 25 years ago. Obviously, Madonna is still relevant, and she was relevant 25 years ago, which is why Gaga copies so much of Madonna.
Gaga’s comments start around the 2:20 mark.
Photos courtesy of Gaga’s Twitter, WENN.