How Many Madonna References Can You Count In Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Video?

Feb 28th, 2011 // 68 Comments

We count ten! Jump below to see just how Lady Gaga reminded us of Madonna in her new video for “Born This Way”, through references both subtle, obvious and probably unintentional.

1. The song itself reminds us of Madonna’s 1989 single “Express Yourself”, while the middle interlude evokes “Vogue”. We’ve discussed this already here.

2. The gap tooth at the end is clearly a reference to Madge’s famous space between her front two teeth, no?

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3. Similar posing in see-through clothing!

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4. They both certainly look good in a two-piece.


5. Something other than a normal baby comes out of both Madonna (in the similarly trippy “Bedtime Story” video) and Gaga’s wombs.

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6. Madonna does the crotch-grabbing shtick while wearing a man’s suit in the video for “Express Yourself”.

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7. Gaga’s high ponytail looks mightily familiar to the one Madonna sported on her Blond Ambition tour in the early 90s.

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8. Bob haircut — Madonna’s been there, worn her hair like that, notably on the single sleeve for “Keep It Together”, which is off the same album (Like A Prayer) as “Express Yourself”.
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9. Both Madonna (in “Vogue”) and Gaga share space next to a male model/dancer while photographed in muted colors.

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10. Chin eye. Though Madonna’s (in “Bedtime Story”) is much more disturbing.

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So, how many of these are reaching? And how many are legitimate references to our founding mother of modern day pop? And did we miss any? Share/debate in the comments!

  1. Shania

    Bitch you probably didn’t know who Francis Bacon and Salvador Dali were if it weren’t for the interviews that attention whore made. You are not different; in fact you are a deluded sheep. Give it up whore!

  2. Shania

    Haha bitch you’re trying too hard to sound like you’re educated (like your idol the Clown of Pop). Little monsters are all the same: deluded, hateful, shameless, and copycats!

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  4. Terrence

    Seriously??? Reading these comments just makes me angry!?!? 99% of the people who read this blog COMPLETELY MISSED THE WHOLE POINT!!! The author isn’t saying Madonna INVENTED the things that are being compared between the two! He’s just noting the similarities! Giving credit respectively to the artist and how they used it in their own artistry. MORONS! And as far as GAGA being a copycat… it’s called HOMAGE retards!!! It’s artists form of paying respect to those before them who paved the way for them. Artists of every genre and craft do it! but maybe if you spent more time CREATING YOUR OWN MARK ON THE WORLD! Instead of TROLLING on everyone elses… you might know that! Ignoramuses … And when I come to Burger King you better have my Fries hot and crispy! LOSERS!!!

  5. Tania

    all that i read in the comments is: blablabla im 14 or 15 blablabla Lady Gaga is the best blablabla am an idiot blabLABLA!
    I even want to cyberbullying this poor poor dorks, i just feel sorry …

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