Rufus Wainwright Calls Lady Gaga “Predictable And Boring”

Mar 16th, 2012 // 49 Comments

We haven’t had a good ole fashioned Lady Gaga feud in a while, have we? Sure, Madonna called Mother Monster “reductive”, but pretty much left it at that. Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, however, was willing to fully explain his feelings towards the pop star. Wainwright was discussing his new album Out Of The Game with Music Week when the topic of Gaga came up (as it typically does), and so did some truth-bombs that will surely inspire the pop star’s little monsters to go into attack mode. Said Wainwright, “I totally admire her tenacity, her ambition and her strength of vision. There’s just not one good song there.”

“People, especially gay men, are falling so hard for it,” continues Wainwright, who also boasts a huge following in the LGBTA community. “Certain things that [she] says: ‘Look at me. I was like you one day and now I’m this – and you can do it too.’ I find it a bit disingenuous. We are in this somewhat sinister period and [artists have] got to kind of toughen up and be real. I guess I want to put a little bit more grit into my presentation of what’s happening in the world. It’s about conveying what’s inside us, as opposed to the return of the cone breasts. I find it predictable and boring.”

He does, however, have some very kind things to say about his album’s producer, Mark Ronson. “We kind of fell in love with each other,” he reveals. “There’s a real attraction between Mark and I, which is a little harder for me being gay. I have to battle with it. Whether it’s the Beatles or the Stones or Eurythmics, there’s an unrequited sexual, romantic energy in the studio — and it becomes volatile if not dealt with.”

“To have someone to sing to and dream about in that amorphous state is what it’s all about in the end,” he adds. “People fall in love with people — yes, there are gay people, straight people and bisexuals. But crushes are universal.”

We admit that we love Rufus just as much as Mark Ronson. So for Gaga’s fans out there, we hope this won’t stop you from soaking up his melodic tunes from any one of his ten albums. But Rufus, please — listen to “The Edge Of Glory” one more time. It is awesome.

  1. Chris

    Who does this guy think he is? I’d like him to name one thing Gaga has done that he predicted. It’s all about what’s inside us is right, and you are a blind ignorant fool if you think Gaga does anything but bring out what’s inside her. STFU

  2. leo

    Who the hell is this guy? He must not be easily entertained, whatd does he want her to do, sing on stage while she is on fire? I find her very intertaining and not predictable I always wonder what she will do next.

  3. I love Lady Gaga and all but give the guy a break…that’s his opinion. I don’t understand why everyone gets all riled up when someone disses her. Is everyone in this world supposed to like her? No. I’m sure there are artists that you don’t like and when asked, you’d probably say something negative about that artist.

  4. Joe Calderone

    No celebrity works harder than Lady Gaga to make a positive difference in the world. What have you done lately, Rufus? Taking a cheap shot at Gaga to grab a headline and thereby promote your album? What could be more ‘predictable and boring’ than that?

  5. I stopped reading at, “There’s just not one good song there.”

    Bitch, seriously?! Go kill yourself. Gaga has PLENTY of not good, but GREAT songs. Totally oblivious to the talent she has.

  6. Ash

    Why have M.I.A, Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and now Rufus Wainwright and Die Antwoord all dissed Lady Gaga, when she has NOT EVER CRITICISED OR VERBALLY ATTACKED any other artist for doing their own thing. Why can’t you attention-seeking egomaniacs just let your music speak for itself.

    Gaga may wear wacky clothing and dress differently, but at least she doesn’t talk sh*t about other people. That is so PETTY AND PATHETIC.

  7. Maryse

    Part of the reason why I love and respect Lady Gaga is because she is always above everyone else and doesn’t mind these peoples opinions. She is intelligent enough as to ignore these comments, which im sure she gets plenty of. Like she said, “why give it energy?” It’s just getting tiring that everyone has to attack her just to try and be relevant. The irony of that is that many claim Gaga is over! But I guess they attack her because they see her as a threat, as they should.

  8. Xen

    No true Mother Monster fans are going to bother putting too much energy into this. Just know Mother Monster would never speak about people this way, neither should we.

  9. Naomi

    It’s his opinion. Last time I checked, someone is allowed to speak their mind. I love Gaga and everything, but sometimes, her over-obsessed fans get on my nerves. Not everyone is going to like Gaga. Move on already. I feel like Gaga is losing most of her edge because she’s doing too much. Album released last year, going on tour this year when she just wrapped one up last year, and working on another album? I just think that she needs to slow down. If you crazy fans don’t like my opinion, oh well.

    • I couldn’t agree more with you. The fact that one of the comments above tells Rufus to “go kill himself” proves your ‘over-obsessed’ comment. Way to stay classy, guys.
      I get that you love her, and I love her too but it is a reality that not everyone has to like her. Not everyone likes pop music. And did ya’ll miss his comment where he says: “I totally admire her tenacity, her ambition and her strength of vision.” ????? Who cares if he finds her predictable and boring…he did like everything else about her.
      Like I said I love Gaga. I’ve bought her 3 albums, etc…but all this immaturity you guys spew out when someone disses her is ridiculous. “Oh he’s just dissing her to get attention,” you guys say that whenever someone disses her. Has it worked? No. Who cares if people say stuff about her and she doesn’t say a thing. Why don’t you take the high road like Gaga does and don’t go bashing people when they disapprove of her.

    • Obviously some of the retaliation lobbed back at Rufus is going too far, but I feel the issue isn’t so much his opinion as it is the unprofessional way he expressed it. If you don’t dig the Gags, then fine. He could’ve said, “I appreciate her vision, but the music isn’t for me. I’m not a pop-y kind of guy.” But saying not only that you hate every one of her songs, but also that anyone who does like her songs is somehow an idiot (and what does being a young gay guy have to do with liking music?), is demeaning not only to her as a performer, but to everyone who likes her music, who is also entitled to an opinion, just as Rufus is. He’s acting like he’s some sort of Lord of Music who knows what music people should or shouldn’t like. I’ve loved most of Rufus’s stuff, but the first single he released from this new album I really didn’t like at all. Does that make me one of the brainwashed masses? He needs to calm his ego down…

  10. E

    Another artist using her name to get new in the media cause his records don’t sell on their on merits.

  11. shakevan

    I really don’t understand why people get their panties in a twist when someone disagrees about Lady Gaga. I mean, come on, the guy didn’t necessarily say anything harsh. He simply doesn’t feel the same way about her music as you do. And I read someone’s comment about how she is the hardest working celebrity who makes a positive difference. Um…how do you know that? I can name so many other artists that make a positive difference in the world (Shakira, Bono, Alicia Keys, I could go on). Just because she’s the more publicized artists doesn’t necessarily mean she is the hardest working…I think anyone in that industry works just as hard on their own. What you people need to learn is that criticism comes with the territory of being an artist. She can take it…why can’t you. Stop crying everytime somebody says something less than flattering about your precious Gaga. Geesh…you guys are just as bad as the Bieber fans.

  12. shakevan

    oh and Gaga has talked bad about other artists…she just doesn’t ever mention anyone specifically. But she has made snide comments about what other artists do.

  13. Naomi

    THANK YOU!!! Finally someone who makes sense without sounding like an idiot.

  14. lacy

    what he is doing is predictable taking a jab at someone who is more successful than him…
    while he bitches about gaga and how boring she is – shes out there trying her hardest to make the world a better place for those without a voice
    im sorry, i respect his opinion, but saying that there is not one good song there is totally subjective

  15. lacy

    i mean yeah hes entitled to his opinion but so are we
    and yeah i dont hate the guy i just disagree

    i mean its also not fair to generalize gagas fans – i am a dedicated little monster but i respect other people opinions

  16. Sssess

    “I find her very intertaining and not predictable I always wonder what she will do next.”

    The music is predictable and people have “seen it all before”. Maybe it’s new to you, but not so for others.

  17. Sssess

    “while he bitches about gaga and how boring she is – shes out there trying her hardest to make the world a better place for those without a voice”

    How would plagiarising fit in with “trying her hardest to make the world a better place” ?

  18. shakevan

    Okay…what is it with you guys claiming that he’s doing this to promote his album and latching to someone else’s success by talking bad about her. You guys weren’t at the interview. Could it be that the reporter happened to ask his thoughts on Gaga and he just stated his thoughts? Like I said in a previous post…his critcism isn’t really all that harsh and he even applauded her tenacity, ambition, and strength of vision and yet all you people target are his not so great comments about her. As one of few gay guys myself who isn’t completely startruck by her, I happen to agree with what he said. I think she found a niche that hasn’t been targeted all that much (bullying, gays) and milked it for what it’s worth. And to add my own criticism…I think she puts entirely too much meaning to her songs when a lot of them are just pop music. What does the song Telephone have to do with the consumerism of America as she so claims the Telephone video is about. She claimed that the Alejandro video was a celebration of gay men and their love and yet the song itself has nothing to do with that. Though Alejandro is one of my favorite songs by her, I still to this day don’t know what that song is even talking about.

  19. shakevan

    I mean what I get from it is she has 3 lovers, Alejandro, Fernando, and Roberto.

  20. THANK YOU!!! Finally someone who makes sense

  21. Joe Calderone

    “I think she found a niche that hasn’t been targeted all that much (bullying, gays) and milked it for what it’s worth.”

    So, you think she’s faking it – and what’s your basis besides pure ignorance? You’d probably say the same thing about Jesus and Mother Theresa.

  22. Joe Calderone

    shakevan – Shakespeare said “Brevity Is the Soul of Wit.” Think about it.

  23. shakevan

    No I don’t think she’s faking it. I do, however, think that her intentions are genuine but she also realizes that championing for gay rights and against bullies (both big issues theses days) is a good way to further her career…and obviously it has, good for her. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. And if you feel she says a lot with a few beats, lyrics, and hooks good for you. I still don’t see how singing about 3 lovers named Alejandro, Fernando, & Roberto is celebrating gay men and their love.

    And as far as your Mother Theresa and Jesus comment….Mother Theresa and Jesus didn’t sell music.

    Typical to go straight to insulting someone for having a difference of opinion. Doesn’t that go against what you feel Lady Gaga stands for?

  24. Joe Calderone

    shakevan – Are you sure you’re not a Gaga fan? You sure like to talk about her.

    Sorry if I was too harsh. ;)

  25. shakevan

    Actually…I really liked her in the beginning (Fame era). Bad Romance came out and I still didn’t have a problem but then she kind of lost me with the crazy outfits. It was fun at first but I grew tired of it. Let’s just say I like some of her music but not a big fan of her personally. I think I will like her more as time passes because that’s one of my issues. I think it’s safe to say that she is still relative new, having only 2 albums (I don’t consider The Fame Monster an album rather an extension of The Fame). And yet people treat her like she is the queen of pop when the real queen (Madonna) is still alive. Of course who is queen pop is really a matter of opinion…in my eyes it will always be my favorite…Shakira.

  26. Xen

    People are still debating this? Non Gaga fans are expecting Gaga fans to freak out: not happening.

    The occasional Bad Kid says something too loudly, but not all Monsters are Bad Kids. Some of us are simply fans.

  27. Well...

    The problem with “Lady Gaga” is that she’s Stefani Germanotta in a costume. It’s waaaay too gimmicky. A lot of artists sell out their goals and their values in exchange for fortune and fame. Someone mentioned something about Die Antwoord dissing Lady Gaga… when in reality, they were just speaking the truth. They left Interscope because they were trying to mold them to be products like Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas… But they are TRUE TO THEIR ART. They LEFT Interscope because they have pride in their work, unlike all all this “weak superficial sh*t.” Which is true! Everything these stars, including Lady Gaga, do is just designed to make them more money.

  28. Naomi

    @Well I absolutely agree with you. Black Eyed Peas used to make great music before they switched to Interscope. But that’s the case with the majority of artists today. Record labels will change someone’s sound, so they make a profit off of them. They know what they’re doing.

  29. Confused

    How is Gaga any more “predictable and boring” than J.Lo, Britney, etc.?

    I mean, what, you would be happier if she just mindlessly sang pop tunes to the beat of her own giggling tits?

    Or doing L’Oreal ads about how to get nutrient-rich at-home highlights?

    Yup, he’s right, Gaga needs to “toughen up and be real,” because clearly her heart is in the wrong place.

  30. I’ve realized the only thing boring and predictable about this whole ordeal is the way her “Monsters” overreact to this sort of thing.

    “they’re using Gaga’s name to sell records?” CHECK.
    death threats? CHECK.
    “she’s better than Madonna?” CHECK.
    “Gaga never talks crap about anyone else?” CHECK.

    Your arguments are getting dated and make you look like an angry little kid. I’m a “Monster” too. I’m sure if Gaga read your comments she’d probably wished you would have just kept your mouth shut like she does….you make the rest of us fans look bad.

  31. Carlos Otero

    Haters, because Gaga is doing what every other artist is doing out there to be successful and known for it.A big difference is that she’s very good at promoting her music that many people love.

  32. Carlos Otero

    Rufus Wainwright dressing like a Neo Elton John, dishing whiny music that’s been old and passe for well over ten years is just pissed because he’s never gotten the attention lady gaga has , even from his own gay community.

    • that’s not necessarily true. While he’s never been mainstream and Top 40, he does have devoted fans and a lot of acclaim from critics. I’m guessing the way YOU feel about Rufus is the way he feels about Gaga….clearly not any different.

  33. C.

    What she does has all been done before. It’s only non-boring to those who think middle of the road music, eurovision electro, fashion etc didn’t exist before 2007 or something.

  34. C.

    How is stealing artists styles and ways “(make) a positive difference in the world” ?

  35. C.

    “Bitch, seriously?! Go kill yourself. Gaga has PLENTY of not good, but GREAT songs. Totally oblivious to the talent she has.”

    The music is incredibly bland.

  36. C.

    “when she has NOT EVER CRITICISED OR VERBALLY ATTACKED any other artist for doing their own thing”

    Because she’d be in an extremely vulnerable position, as a plagiarist ! Duh !!

  37. C.

    “Part of the reason why I love and respect Lady Gaga is because she is always above everyone else and doesn’t mind these peoples opinions.”

    A plagiarist is not above anyone.

    “It’s just getting tiring that everyone has to attack her just to try and be relevant.”

    He’s a wellknown musician, making bland music and adored my millions of fans who obviously have no clue about what came before “Gaga”, only makes one relevant numberwise and in stupidity.

  38. Alice

    - Another artist using her name to get new in the media cause his records don’t sell on their on merits.

    No, he says what many are thinking. If I were a musician, I’d say the same, and it surely wouldn’t have anything to do with trying to get attention.

  39. Alice

    - Rufus Wainwright dressing like a Neo Elton John, dishing whiny music that’s been old and passe for well over ten years is just pissed because he’s never gotten the attention lady gaga has , even from his own gay community.

    “Lady Gaga” is the epitome of middle of the road Neo Elton John, even worse that she’s also the Neo Kelly Clarkson. I don’t think anyone would be pissed off because they’ve never gotten the attention “Lady Gaga” has, not everyone wants a clueless, generic and pubescent fanbase. Pretty sure he’s much happier with his fanbase.

    Some people just really think she is “Predictable and Boring”.

  40. Alice

    Just like her boring fanbase.

  41. DJ Fruit Loops

    this is what happens when
    a. you try and try to get a hit album but CANT
    b.you hang out with Elton John too much

  42. DJ Fruit Loops

    he has in the past 5 years complaine4d that no matter what he does he cant get a hit
    im so over artist dissing other artist JUST to get into print
    controversy doesnt always produce a hit
    mark ronson producing his album MIGHT help but then pet shop boys couldnt do it for him
    i love rufus singing voice his opinions are boring and predictable its what one expects from a recovering addict

  43. Mike

    Gaga has not spoken ill of another artist, in fact she admires and loves many of the artists who take aim at her. While I’m sure she loves and appreciates that her fans defend her, I don’t think Gaga would approve of any of the negative comments on this board. Rufus Wainwright is entitled to his opinions, we are entitled to ours.

  44. Sara

    I find her profoundly dull, I have to say. She’s predictable in that she always tries extremely hard to be interesting. The music is a non-event, the lyrics are contrived, the ridiculous outfits and set-ups are tedious and nonsensical. I’m all for a bit of theatre on stage but in truth if the performer has enough charisma, talent and stage presence then it is just the cherry on the cake – rather than the whole show. Gaga for me is just not watchable, or listenable. Love or hate Die Antwoord, your eyes are glued to the screen every nanosecond they’re on it. Florence Welch descended during one gig in a giant chrome ball, which was great, but it was her voice, music and charm that made the show – not the special effects. Without all the props, what would Lady Gaga be? Not much, I’m afraid.

  45. Celt

    What? Edge of Glorey ‘awesome’? No Sorry, it’s a rehash of Song for the Lonely by Cher. Wake up! Gaga isn’t creative, she’s a copier.

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