Madonna Manages To Barely Compliment Lady Gaga

Though Lady Gaga has chosen to take the high road in this never-ending Madonna vs. Gaga beef, Madge continues to share her disdain of Gaga — even when she’s attempting to pay her a compliment. The Material Girl recently sat down with Italian magazine Repubblica, and of course no interview could be complete without mentioning her most obvious foil. The reported concluded the Q&A by squeezing in one last Gaga-centric question: “Is Lady Gaga a threat or only another temporary ‘spice girl’?”

First of all, maybe the Italians aren’t aware of the influence of 90s girl power pop, but the Spice Girls are iconic, each and every one of them. A temporary “Pussycat Doll” would’ve been a more appropriate reference point.

Regardless, That Grape Juice reports that Madge replied, “She is an artist with a great, high level of talent.” But we prefer Google’s translation of the original interview:

Closes his eyes, takes a deep breath, holds its breath. Invokes some kind of saints or demons to maintain self-control: “She is an artist with a great talent.”

Besides the Italian-to-English translation turning Madonna into both a man and an inanimate object, it also paints a picture of the pop star desperately trying to bite her tongue from saying anything too damning. This is basically the same attitude she had when she described “Born This Way” as “reductive” during her GMA interview in January, stopping herself from explaining herself further or saying anything else. But just because Madonna’s not offering her full opinion doesn’t mean we can’t pick it up on our own.

We expect Gaga to refrain from commenting, or perhaps comment again that she’s refraining from commenting. What happened to the good ole days when these two would just pull one another’s hair on national TV?

  • Stefanie Germanotta
  • Aaron Darc

    What the hell is wrong with you people? You don’t even care what actually happens anymore, do you?! She didn’t “barely manage to compliment” her, she gave her quite a glowing compliment! I hate Gaga, and am happy for Madonna to slam her – she’s done nothing but rip her off and pass off Madonna’s career to kids too young to know what a rip off it is – but this was not Madonna being mean, but quite the opposite. Idolator, you’re not exactly a quality website, if this is how you “report” news.

    • jmgonzales

      Madge is still a better performer hands-down.
      She can still outperform even her younger contemporaries.
      And she is a lot wiser than any of them … remember, it was Ga who took the bait – she responded.

      • glitter&grease

        At least Gaga actually sings live!

        You know Gaga and Madonna have something in common…both have never sang live at the Super Bowl.

  • Xadax

    high level of talent… of ripping other artists.

  • jane

    yeah preach it
    even madonna knows she can never sing as well as gaga
    take away all the outfits and controversy and gaga could still sit in front of a piano and sing a ballad and blow people away
    cant say the same about madonna

    • nelson

      GAGA sings, but she will never been remeber because of her voice, dont full your self. She is more famouse for being a clown. Plus what makes a singer famous now a day, is the music and tracks she creates. Ive heard much better singers than gaga in local karaokers and it doesnt mean they are stars.

  • Steve

    what is the point of comparing an artist of huge success for 30 years and most number of top 10 hits than any artist with someone just beginning her career. Why cant we just say they both are exceptional and are 27 years apart in length of careers. Lets compare them a few more years down the track when ( most likely ) or if Gaga is still around.

  • James S

    So Born this Way bears greater similarity to Express Yourself than Beethoven’s 9th (although the chords are NOT the same). Doesn’t make it a carbon copy. No worse than the similarities between ‘Gimme All Your Luvin’ and ‘Mickey’ by Toni Basil.

  • TJ

    Madonnas obviously just showing herself to be a fake after all the years of preaching and practicing Kabbalah were just fake a way to get people to be interested in her and thats offensive and awful . I was a long time fan but now I honestly wouldnt waste a penney on her . As far as gaga to me shes an artist who has more talent . but most importantly more heart for people her fans and the world . She practices what she preaches and may be people epecially people who have been bullied and gay people like myself should realize who was speaking out in washington on our behalf and who wrote a song that spoke to how the world should be .not madonna she turned her back years ago and lost her spine .


    Shouldnt it be Kylie Vs Lady Gaga? Watch this —-