While there may be a way for some to spin this as some sort of superstar-to-superstar in-joke, it certainly seems clear that Madonna is preparing to escalate the rivalry by throwing it in fans’ faces.
Not to ask the obvious, but why can’t they just get along? Both stars are successful beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Besides, didn’t they sort of settle their differences back on Saturday Night Live in 2009?
Of course, that was before “Born This Way”, which seemed to have ignited the feud anew. Madonna’s been asked about the song repeatedly ever since, and it must be frustrating for a (gracefully aging, for the most part) superstar to be reminded, constantly, that there’s a younger, even “reductive”, version of themselves out there.