First, the back story.
Lady Gaga‘s 2011 hit “Born This Way” had some musical echoes of Madonna‘s “Express Yourself,” so Madonna went into her dictionary and called it “reductive.”
She must have been boiling up inside about Gaga’s ascendance and was waiting for a chance to publicly strike out and call her a copycat.
And she did sort of maybe have a point this one time.
And now in concert, she does her own hit in a sardonically intended mashup with Gaga’s, sprinkling in a bit of “She’s Not Me” to underline the point.
Well, Gaga has fought back by not fighting back–though the brilliance of her non response is that is really is a dis after all.
In a rather oblique video, Gaga says that her fanbase doesn’t want her to be “cunty.”
She says, “It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down…or maybe make a mockery of their work. And that doesn’t make me feel good at all.”
She adds, “Things are really different than they were 25 years ago and that’s what makes ‘Born This Way’ so relevant for me.
“We’re really in a different place, and it’s OK, we don’t have to all slice and hate each other anymore.”
Get the dig?
You can read it as saying that Madonna is indulging in 25-year-old behavior. Madonna doesn’t realize that things have changed and you don’t have to dis, even if you feel you’ve been slighted.
Madonna is the one being “cunty” and old school and not concentrating on her music.
And Gaga uses “relevant” to describe her own song’s appeal to herself, thereby obfuscating the other “re-” word, reductive.
Your turn to not fight back, Madge.