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Madonna Sends Mixed Messages

A photo of Madonna, blowing a kiss.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Madonna ought to be flattered by Lady Gaga. But is she?

Tough to say.

First there was that quote in Newsweek Emily mentioned yesterday.

Then, in an interview aired on 20/20 last night, Madonna tried to play coy. (Unfortunately for Madonna, her “coy” is everybody else’s “ridiculously obvious.”) From the New York Daily News:

Madonna is finally expressing herself on Lady Gaga’s song, “Born This Way.”

Critics had pointed out similarities in the hit 2010 tune and the Material Girl’s 1989 chart-topper, “Express Yourself,” but Madonna herself had been quiet on the subject until Friday night’s interview on ABC’s “20/20.”

“When I heard it on the radio… I said that sounds very familiar,” Madonna told ABC News.

When pressed further, Madonna added that the song “felt reductive.”

Asked what that means, a smiling Madonna added, “Look it up.”

Jeesh. Without looking anything up, I can tell you Madonna thinks Gaga’s music is derivative in an artlessly unnuanced, shallow way. Just a guess.

By the way, this is on the front page of today:

Screenshot: Madonna Lady Gaga feud on

I thought that was funny.

But Madonna sounded comparatively complimentary on last night’s “Graham Norton Show”:

“When I first saw her, I saw her performing at a very small club in Manhattan a couple of years ago, maybe it was like three years ago. I was actually really impressed by her. I thought she was really cool and she did remind me of me back in the day. I liked her rawness and there was something fresh about her and ballsy, and when she spoke to the audience, she sounded like she had a similar sense of humor to me, quite ironic, and I liked her. So I do think she is very talented.”

Wait, what? Gaga is talented because she’s ironic? Oh, no. No. Let’s not overthink the compliment: for all we know, it’s the only compliment Madonna has ever paid anyone.

Sort of well played, Madonna. Sort of well played.

3 CommentsLeave a comment

  • I wish I was seven or eight again—that’s when Madonna was a glorious slut and innovator. I miss that Madonna.

  • I hate that she has become this Crass Euro-Snob with a fake British accent. PUH-LEEEZE girl!!! you are from DETROIT!