Lady Gaga Possibly Responds To Madonna’s “Born This Way” Diss

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Is Gaga Sending A Message To Madonna?
Lady Gaga has remained silence on Madonna‘s supposed diss of her single “Born This Way” by mashing it up with her song “Express Yourself” on her current MDNA tour. We figured that Gaga saying nothing on the matter was her way to take the high-road, though could you really let Madonna shade pass by without saying something?

During her Born This Way Ball tour stop in New Zealand, the pop star took a moment (five minutes, to be exact) before launching into her song “Hair” to talk to the crowd about dealing with people who try to put you down — could it have been an indirect response to Madonna?

“It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make a mockery of their work,” Gaga said to her audience. “But, that doesn’t make me feel good at all. That just make me feel like I’m not being a good human being. I feel that if you’re a really good human being, you can try and find something beautiful in every single person no matter what.”

“And it’s a challenge,” she continues. “But at the end of the day I learned so much this year about that. I learned a lot about negativity. I learned a lot about people trying to tear you down. And I’m just not that person, and I never will be. And I don’t even wanna fight back. Because, it’s more important to me to keep writing music. Cause that’s all I really care about. My music.”

“I don’t have a fanbase that wants me to fight or bite or be shady,” she adds. “Or cunty. The way that we all used to be. We’re in a new place in society now, aren’t we? Things are really different now than they were 25 years ago and that’s what makes Born This Way so relevant for me. We’re just socially in a completely different place now. And I want you to know it’s okay: You don’t have to hate and slice each other anymore.”

Do you think Gaga’s comments are referencing Madonna’s seemingly critical cover of “Born This Way”? Or is she just spreading a general message of positivity to her fans? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

  • MusicManDave

    This video was excellent! She sends positive messages. I don’t think this has anything to do with Madonna.

  • mATT

    WHO CARES!?!?!?!?!

  • david

    no nothing to do with madonna plus express and born this way are totally different love u gaga .
    so shfup LADY GAGA IS MOST POWERFUL person alive shes my hero love her !!!!!

    • Aaron Darc

      Actually, Madonna had all those things 20 years ago when we lived in a society eight times as homophobic as today’s. And she didn’t just mention it in a song, she showed graphic depicitions of alternative sexuality – we were banned from bringing anything Madonna to my high school for this reason. That’s the thing, it’s totally not your fault, your generation, for being too young to understand the history and why people my age are all sitting around going “WTF?! This is Madonna Lite 2012!” but you guys all have such conviction in your ignorance -when really, you should do some research and realise that the world you live in, as Gaga says here, is very different to the world Madonna became the biggest star in and shook up. Gaga shakes up nothing, we don’t live in the same monoculture TO shake anything up as a popstar, it’s just a different time.

      • CobraKai

        Well said, and so true. Madonna not only did it first, but in a time when it would destroy a career and wasn’t the hip thing to do like it is now.

      • Corinne Curcio (@crinda54)

        Madonna was never and will never be the person Gaga is. She has always been mean. I remember – I’m 57. I’ve seen her through the years. She may have espoused certain concepts, but she didn’t – and hasn’t – lived them. Her nastiness in making fun of Gaga’s fans (children, for God’s sake!) with that backdrop during the mash-up proves what she’s like, and how desperate she is to hang onto her “crown.” It just doesn’t speak well of her legacy. Gaga is sincere. Madonna is the ultimate bully. And she has always been one.

  • David

    Errr… sick of her constant self-victimisation, she really should think about her actions, Express Yourself and Born This Way are similar! So she should not complain about being mocked by Madonna (IF that is what she is referring too) when she herself has ripped off so many other people (including Madonna herself).

  • Ian M McDonald

    Whether or not Lady Xerox is commenting on it, it IS interesting that when Madonna sang the few lyrics during Express Yourself, the beat didn’t change at all and it over laid perfectly. Maybe she should stick to creating original, thoughtful work instead of the tripe she has put out so far.

    • KatyPerry

      Well, since you are just a mindless consumer of music and most likely don’t understand how music works, the reason why it works is because of the chord progression, and I know its been thrown out there countless of times but its absolutely true. Songs can sound strikingly similar given the same chord progression, as BTW and EY had the progression of G F and C. So it was seemless to change from Express yourself to Born this way because of the chord progression.

      • Aaron Darc

        Yep. Keep telling yourself that, won’t you?! It’s not a chord progression, you don’t even know what a chord progression is, it’s just the PR response Gaga’s team came up with – which makes YOU the mindless consumer to lap it up, unquestioned. It most certainly has the same chord progression, sure, but it also has the same top melody – the same NOTE arrangement, the same NOTE timing. That all sits, yes, on the same chord progression. I have no problem with the kids having their own Madonna, if she could at least try to be a little more her own artist. For her to use this speech, regardless of who or what it’s about, is rubbish, considering her fans are vile bullies, and all she ever does is play the victimisation card – one way, at least, her and Madonna are very different. Madonna was about empowerment, Gaga is about bonding a fanbase through the idea they are victims.

        • windrider2

          As a professional musician who put together a lot of medleys of unrelated songs, I can tell you it’s easy to make one song sound similar to another when the chord progressions are the same. Madonna changed both the tempo AND the beat of EY which is normally very syncopated while BTW is four-on-the-floor. She could have sung Sympathy for the Devil over her her modified EY and it would have sounded like it fit right in (SFD has the same chord progression, too).

          And if you want to hear note for note similarity, listen to “Bohemian Like You”, and then listen to “Give Me All Your Luvin’”. same beat, same progression, same melody. Do I think Madonna ripped off the Dandy Warhols. No, I don’t.

          Nor do I think Gaga copied ‘Express Yourself’. the reality is that Madonna knows her career is waning and Gaga’s career is still rising. M is not handling aging well at all. Instead of moving forward as a mature artist, Madonna is still pretending to be a twenty-something eager to knock her competitors off their respective thrones. It’s unseemly and ill-mannered. And yes, to conclude that medley with “She’s Not Me” was deliberately humiliating, and it IS bullying.

          • Sparky Nolan

            Lady Bla-bla’s career is “still on the rise”? Now I am no mathematician but her second album didn’t sell one fifth of the volume that the first album did…… that is NOT “on the rise” that’s a significantly reduced return. I am no massive Madonna fan either but Bla-bla will need to sell another 340 million albums before she has a chance of taking over and whether we like it or not in the absnece of Elvis Presely and Michael Jackson, Madonna IS our Presely/Jackson for this era……

        • Strange Senses

          You have one of the most smart comments i ever read on internet …bravo, glad to find out that some people are still able to think …so deep!!!

  • Tori

    I was at the concert and when she started saying this it automatically made me think of Madonna but its not just about that l everyone tries to put people down to make a point or make themselves feel better but in the end it doesn’t make you a nicer person. It is about bullying, and unfortunately what Madonna did was a form of that so obviously it could be about her

    • Stefanie Germanotta

      and plagiarizing a song is ok? People seem to forget that Gaga did that so Madonna has every right to be pissed off. But of course, Gaga is the innocent victim who’s habitually bullied. Cry. me. a. river.

      • KatyPerry

        Oh please, she did not copy anything! Songs are totally different. Gaga has more substance in her career and Madonna is just feeding of her to remain relevant today.

        • Aaron Darc

          Darling, what Madonna did is not a form of bullying – it really only became a problem when Gaga LIED about an email she never received from Madonna, and then attacked a journalist who suggested it by calling him a “f*cking retard” and suggesting it only has the “same chord progression” (Katy here like that one, it seemed). What hypocrisy to then call Madonna – or anyone – a bully!? Gaga is all about standing up for yourself, isn’t she? She should be proud Madonna did. She’s not the kind of woman to take it lying down.

          • Corinne Curcio (@crinda54)

            Gaga didn’t call the journalist a retard, she said “THAT’S retarded”. And why would she lie about a message from Madonna about BTW? That could be so easily found out. M would have SWIFTLY say she didn’t wish Gaga well about the song. Madonna is a powerful woman – make no mistake. She has clout to make sure Perez Hilton and all the entertainment shows in the US don’t say one word about Gaga and BTW Foundation and her world tour. Hers was a desperate move with that song and going on myriad talk shows to diss BTW. It was totally unnecessary and not becoming of someone who’s supposed to be so spiritual.

          • Sparky Nolan

            Isn’t Lady Bla-bla calling a journalist a “F*cking retard” an act of bullying. Just like all that hate Madonna stuff her fans started. What a hypocrite……

        • Stefanie Germanotta

          She copied it. period. That’s all the media outlets spoke of when she played it for the first time at the award show. Then she LIED about Madonna sending her an email with her blessing. THAT EMAIL WAS NEVER SENT! lying bitch.

          • lo

            why all the hate /?????

      • Raygirl

        Oh, so I suppose Madonna has never copied someone hmm? Let’s look back further…anybody remember CYNDI LAUPER? HMM? Madonna is no way NEAR original! And I remember Madonna stealing so many things from Marilyn Monroe, including the black and white pics of herself with curly hair. How quickly people forget. Nobody is that original. Even Marilyn Monroe was taking things from Marie Antoinette….

  • Fire-And-Ice

    I find her attitude refreshing for sure, I don’t know if she’s talking about Madonna here though.

  • Art

    I don’t think it is directed at Madonna, but knowing her schematic ways, I wouldn’t be surprised that she would jump on the band wagon for controversy. In the MDNA tour, if you watch the performance of Express Yourself, the choreography on the BTW part is homage to Lady Gaga’s moves. Madonna singing “she’s not me is a clear distinction to the audience that they are individualartists.



    • CobraKai

      You’re wrong about Gaga being a woman.

  • Stefanie Germanotta


      • CobraKai

        If Madonna proving herself through the test of time again and again, and continuing to have the highest grossing concerts of any solo artist in history is your definition of a “has been,” then your not only a moron in denial, but a liar too. Gaga having a few radio hits in barely 4 years and a legion of tween Twitter followers, doesn’t even put her in the same league as Madonna. When Britney first broke onto the scene and was on top for her first few years, many people quickly called her the next queen also – and look how well that one worked out. Only time will tell what happens with Gaga, but if she continues to rip off music like she undoubtably did with Born This Way, then she will lose big time.

  • midnitevow

    No, this was not a response to Madonna. It is not Gaga’s nature to do that. Hers was an uplifting message advocating acceptance and tolerance, to look for the silver lining in every cloud. She knows what it’s like to be made fun of because you’re different, she knows what it’s like to be ridiculed and mocked and put down. She is saying you don’t have to fight back, you don’t have to answer your critics. Instead, embrace your uniqueness and courageously move past the disappointment and hurt and become the best YOU you can possibly be. That’s been her message all along…

  • Jeez

    Seriously Madonna fans, get a life!!!! This is not 1989, it’s 2012 I loved Madonna until she proved her true self. Both are great artists and both will be remembered throughout pop culture so just drop the nonsense.

  • Marco

    Madonna has and never will be a good performer-she can’t sing and can’t dance. Ambition and self promotion are her only true talents. The professional media flattery that has surrounded this woman is an embarrassment but systemic of the media generally. Success is all that matters. Since she has no voice to fall back on (how many duets has she done with other artists?) she has to keep throwing her crotch in everyone’s face till time immemorial. The public are sick and tired of her and her glib, fake platitudes about world peace and starving children. Kaballah has really worked a treat for her. LOL.

    • she-is-NOT-good

      Madonna is the Queen of pop and Music, Gaga is just a copy bitch that has no talent to create her own music without copying Madonna….. Madonna did all these things many years ago… so who cares about gaga? she is not the first and will never be. Madonna queen forever!

      • Raygirl

        Ha ha Funny you talk about Gags copying because anybody who grew up in the 80s knows that Madonna is also a big copy cat…who you ask?Oh Cyndi Lauper of course…

  • planner de weddingos/prostituta

    Madonna fans please line up for the bus to the Happy trails retirement home

  • Laurie

    That’s brave of Gaga! At least she chose to address the subject. Everyone who is actually in the business knows Born This Way isn’t really from that basic Madonna song.

  • 2589

    Madonna is crap Gaga wouldn’t even bother replying to that bitch…and I used to be a Madonna fan…

  • windrider2

    Gaga wasn’t speaking or responding to Madonna. She was talking to her fans, addressing her fans’ reactions to the Madonna snipe, and leading by example how she wanted us to respond.

    She knew that anything she said would travel just as far as Madonna’s diss. And her classiness makes Madge’s performance slap look cheap and immature.

    • Juan Manuel Blanco

      Steal a song is far cheaper

  • she-is-NOT-good

    Madonna queen forever!!!!!

  • Queen-Madge

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  • MDNA

    Madonna is much more than just music, she is inspiration to all of us.

  • ggw

    I am 14 years old and Madonna makes me wanna dance and isnpires me a lot

    • Raygirl

      Welp,you being just 14 years of age, you wouldn’t know that Madonna, who is a so called inspiration, imitated Cyndi Lauper. Anybody who grew up in the 80s knows that. She’s really just another imitation of someone much greater than her. And Madonna doesn’t even like Elton John! Who doesn’t like Elton John?

  • Erotica

    Madonna is just a legend and lady gaga is just a new copy cat

    • Raygirl

      I don’t think you remember who Madonna copied do you…let me give you a hint…CYNDI LAUPER. So Madonna is really another one of those entertainment “copy cats” as well. Added Cyndi Lauper isn’t as stuck on getting mad attention and still manages to be herself. She admitted to liking Lady Gaga. If anything Lady Gagahas more of the mind of Cyndi Lauper than Madonna. Madonna never did anything to give back to the community except act like a maniac. While Cyndi and Lady Gaga promoted being oneself. Says a lot.

  • Aggelos Elia

    You’re all acting like little children. I love both ladies, i just hate the fact one takes off her clothes and calls it a statement and when the other reveals nipples and stuff in front of crowds.

  • markus

    Lady Gargoyle got hit by a pole while doing Judas, left her suffering from a concussion, now that’s original! hahahahahaha. She can never outdo what Madonna strived to overcome during the 80′s and 90′s. Lady gargoyle is just enjoying the benefits of what Madonna fought for. And lady gargoyle must first sell more than 300million records, a RECORD STILL OWNED BY MADONNA. two words for lady gaga – KATY PERRY.

    • Raygirl

      Yeah sure. If it wasn’t for Cyndi Lauper, Madonna wouldn’t be here. Madonna is just another copy cat just like the rest. CYNDI LAUPER FTW!

  • Raygirl

    People want to pretend like Madonna SOOO original. Well, Cyndi Lauper was here before Madonna and had more of an inspiration in the 80s then Madonna did. Back then Cyndi Lauper was the Britney Spears of the 80s and Madonna was the Christina Aguilera. Just another imitation. So people get the stick out of your butt. So what Lady gaga wrote a song similar to Madonna? there are many songs out there that sound similar to old artists. Apparently at the time Lady Gaga was INSPIRED by Madonna. The reason Madonna didn’t like Lady Gaga is because she doesn’t like Elton John. Elton John is Lady Gaga’s biggest inspiration and Elton John promoted many of her albums. So people need to get the facts straight. And Madonna, unlike Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga, doesn’t even have a cause that she follows. She’s just another sex gimmick. So please don’t come to me saying Madonna never copied anyone. After so many years of music its honestly impossible to be THAT original.