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A Statement From Lady GaGa

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In response to an interview where she was quoted as using the word "retarded", Lady GaGa has sent PerezHilton.com the following statement.

She says:

"I consider it part of my life's work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance.

My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional.

An honest mistake, requires honesty to make.

"Whether life's disabilities, left you outcast bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today." - Lady GaGa

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197 comments to “A Statement From Lady GaGa”

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    It was a lil slip and i'm sure we the fans knew what you meant. People use the the word retarded and even gay around me and i don't take offence to it.

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    very disappointed in her, for someone who preaches tolerance for all this is unacceptable

  4. 4

    is there a reason you arent calling her out on it, perez? it couldnt be because your head is up her ass, could it?
    if it was anyone else you would criticize them until your face turned blue

  5. 5

    mm….how's that foot taste?

  6. 6

    Not cool lady gaga, not cool!

  7. Eggie says – reply to this


    Did her statement include the little diamonds with question marks in the middle?

  8. Blunt says – reply to this


    Oh please, she's only "sorry" she got Caught! She a thoughtless gemick who seeks attention, gaga stfu you famewhore

  9. 9

    People need to lay the fuck off. Girl is only 25 years old. Madonna stole people's work and caused psychological trauma. And did we ever hear a single sorry? NO!!!! FUCK YOU HATERS!!!! Gaga don't ever apologize. People say worse things and even more DO BAD THINGS!!!! So fuck of RETARDS!

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    what is alarming is she used it in a moment of frustration. That means it is part of her vernacular.
    The woman who claims to be the least judgmental person sure has ugly words.
    AND the "apology" is as arrogant and shallow as stephanie G.

  11. 11

    So. Sick. Of. Her

  12. 12

    Re: oxceranoid – When using these words become acceptable, the meaning behind them is numbed for everyone who doesnt fall under those labels. For those, the words sting even more. It is in no way ok.

  13. 13

    There is no excuss to ever use the word retarded Gaga!! SHAME ON YOU!!!! And whats up with all the question marks??

  14. 14

    seriously, we all have slip ups when we are heated in the moment. she was mad and she couldn't chose her words correctly. we are all human.

  15. 15

    jesus fucking christ y'all need to calm your tits its a fuckin slip, we all have them and we usually don't mean them what so ever.

  16. 16

    Wow ……. if this were Chris Brown or anyone else for that matter you'd have a cow.


  17. 17

    What a fucking bitch! There is no difference between the N word, the R word and the F word (you know which F word I'm talking ’bout) so Lady Garbage is a horrible person for having used the word. I'm sure her little Zombies or Monsters or whatever the fuck they call themselves will excuse it as a tiny mistake but imagine if she used the N word or the F word. Well, she just did. Brava, Stefani!

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    What a perfect world it would be if people said every word to every person's liking. I have been ridiculed by these people in the south since the moment I moved here and NEVER has one been sorry for making my life a misery. A celebrity makes a one word f*ck up and she has to make a press statement. I doubt she looked at a disabled person and said "You're retarded" All of this can't say this, can't say that is over the top and just makes the advocated groups look rediculous. No one has had to deal with more than I have verbally and no one has ever taken issue to make this place stop the aggression. Give it a break FFS.

  19. 19

    So you post about this now? If it was anyone else you would criticize them but with GaGa you wait until she apologizes. Awful celebrity blogger. It's hard to believe you aren't just trying to help her image. Wouldn't be surprised if she hadn't said this and you're just making it up.

  20. 20

    Re: imgoingtobeGFF – Regardless of age, there are words that offend people who are in no way deserving of their condition being used as slang. They can't help it and have far more compassion and love than, I'm assuming, you ever will.

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    Re: imgoingtobeGFF – Awwwww you litte monsters can dish it out but u cant take it?? The TRUTH hurts uhhh, peolpe are starting to see what hypocrites Gaga and her fans are they talk a good game about love and acceptance but Gagas fans go around bashing other artist and trolling and gaga goes around saying RETARDED!!! NO EXCUSES!!! BOINK

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  23. 23

    for those of you who say it was a slip….It was a first reaction. With maturity, you learn how to control your words. With all of her falling and verbal vomit, shes a mess.

  24. 24

    Atleast Lady Gaga has the audacity to apologize…unlike some people. What is this, the FIRST time we've ever heard Gaga use an unnacceptable word? Fuck off. Go find someone else to harass you goons.

  25. 25

    Why do Gaga fans assume people are "haters" when commenting on the fact that what she said was wrong?? I bet she wouldn't say "that's so gay, or so queer.." Of course not, because gay folk are her main audience. It's just not legit for her to claim this sensitivity to her monsters, and say "born this way" and then say something is "retarded". Shame on her.

  26. 26

    Re: Abby LarumbeRe: Chris Wood – No EXCUSES if it was britney or xtina or anyone else perez would have tore them apart for saying the word retarded and made it breaking news!!!

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    So when Kobe says "f*ggot" you act as if he drew swastikas everywhere and pooped on the american flag (even though you yourself have tried to use the word as an insult) but when Gaga says "retarded" you call it an honest mistake. Seriously…. do you even think about the double standard you are supporting? Both are hurtful words aimed at a certain group of people to degrade them. You also failed to include Kobe's apology and tried to twist facts around to really make it seem like he was a terrible human being because he made a mistake. I've always loved your blog and have been a loyal reader for years, especially after you decided to make such a positive change, but recently I feel like you are just not winning.

  28. 28

    LOL! I'm not enraged that she accidently used it as an adjective as many of us that know better still do. . . I'm maximumly amused that Perez's savior is the one who accidently did it.

  29. 29

    This is a bit ridiculous. Yeah, the word can be offensive, but come on. I'm not a "little monster", but I think this is going a little too far. It's getting a bit silly with the overreactions to this word. I know people who use the word, hell I use it myself, and don't mean it as a negative jab toward people who are mentally handicapped. It's an expression, just like some people use the word gay to mean dumb. I've never used that word to describe anyone who has any sort of mental condition. I think that people just like to jump all over anything this woman does. It's the new cool thing to do. No one is perfect, and I'm sure that every single person on here has said something that would offend someone else in the past couple of days. You can't make everyone happy, no matter how hard you try. Yes, she should choose her words more carefully, but I don't think that her use of the word is that bad or was meant to be a put down.

  30. 30

    First Target, then Weird Al, and now this. People are starting to realize that (un)Lady(like) Gargoyle is a LYING KUNT! It's true!
    All this backtracking - what a PHONY!

  31. 31

    "I consider it part of my life's work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance."

    Ya, except when it is about religion. Then you just sh*t all over them. "Oh no, please accept everyone but I'll sh*t on your beliefs".


  32. 32

    Re: Megan Boily – Goons have you looked in the mirror bitch!!! Were not haters it called an opinion and saying the word RETARDED is OFFENSIVE…………………… She only said she was sorry because now shes fealing the BACKLASH!!!

  33. 33

    I could really careless, because alot of people use to word retarded, & gay out of context. However I get the feeling if someone said thats gay around her, she would flip out, so I hope she takes alot of heat for this.

  34. 34

    why must she speak in song?

    nevertheless, I know she ment the word, because she wouldn't have said it if she didn't mean it. Period. I don't care if she was angry, that word can be very offensive to people.
    I find it funny that you, Perez aren't criticizing her for the word "retarted" but you'll be up in Kobe's face due to what he said.

  35. 35

    better than kanye

  36. IVIV says – reply to this


    Re: Abby Larumbe – Kobe Bryant's "heated slip up" cost him $100,000 & he's not even trying to preach the message gaga is, & this site also roasted him for it. But since it's gaga, & it's only the word "retarded" & not "f*ggot" I guess it's all ok? its more disturbing she chose to use that word while she was "heated".

  37. IVIV says – reply to this


    Re: windbourne – it's not just that she said the word it's that it completely goes against what she tries to preach all the time.

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    Re: SlaveMeh – because its not breaking news for ANYONE!

  39. 39

    where's your comments on it??? hehe, usually you'd add something to it where is it now??????

  40. 40

    wow, poor gaga for having to release this. how many people use gay or retarded as insults in a daily basis, and it's no big deal. just because she's in the limelight it shouldn't be different. she obviously wasn't referring to someone with a disability, people need to realize that words have different meanings. and not everything should be taken so literally

  41. 41

    she's apologized, and it sounds sincere. move on, folks. everyone makes mistakes. even the low-lives who read this website.

  42. 42

    Perez… I can't even deal with you right now. The lack of commentary is so telling.

  43. 43

    Interesting how when she does it, it's a little slip of the tongue but when others use offensive language, you make a huge issue out of it. You're still a hypocrite, Mario.

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    Most of these people bashing gaga or perez have called gaga or perez retarded so . . . why is this word now a big deal for them? People can be beyond weird . . .

  46. 46

    What a fantastic double standard u have Perez. You'll rake Mel, Chris and Kobe over the coals for their words, but all Lady Gaga gets is a "statement".

  47. 47

    Spin Control… Spin Control…Spin Control…When is she going to find a Latin personal trainer to knock her up, or is that later in the script?

  48. 48

    I get that mistakes happen, and I love Gaga, but she and Perez would would be going bat shit crazy if someone said something was "gay".

  49. 49

    This is bullshit! She is a fake manufactured pop star who got caught in her lies.

  50. 50

    Re: anonymous_cool – EXACTLY what I was about to say.

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    Re: fabtree – And you have never used that word or any other stigmatizing word as slang? Please EVERYONE has used that word as slang. people need to stop fucking being hypocrites. Girl takes a shit and they are already all up in it.

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    Love her

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    Re: SlaveMeh – Britney is fat and talentless no matter how nice she can be and how much Gaga fucks up GAGA IS STILL BETTER SO GTFO BITCH!!!! Be happy there is a monitor between us cause I would break your fucking face.

  55. 55

    Surprised you posted this. However, if it were anyone else, you would have made some rude comments. And why isn't this filed under the Lady Gaga section? Trying to make it disappear fast, huh? You're not slick booboo

  56. 56

    What a stupid bitch. I don't care if someone uses the word retarded. However, I do give a shit if they make a song preaching about how you're born this way and all that bullshit, and then they say that. If someone was so passionate about loving everyone equally, she wouldn't use a word like that. I don't think you little monsters that are so caught up in her bullshit would realize why that's wrong.

  57. 57

    why aren't you all but ripping her a new asshole for this perez..?! it's what you do when anyone else says something mildly offensive. your head is so far up her ass its not even funny anymore. maybe next time someone slips and says something silly you'll go a little easier on them because your precious gaga was once in violation of the same thing ..

  58. sdx says – reply to this


    gaga is so overrated it's getting boring…

  59. 59

    My handicapped daughter says not enough!

  60. 60

    Words hurt don't they Perez, I just watched the Youtube video after you got punched and I thought it was hysterical…….tu si que ere un pendejo comemierda que no sirves para nada. You got your ass beat ugly bitch and was crying and crying about it………bet you won't talk shit about fugly Fergie anymore huh? Your time is almost gone bitch and good riddance………I hate you!

  61. 61

    if it was anyone you'd be saying shame and preach stfu

  62. 62

    Re: imgoingtobeGFF – Spoken like a true Little Monster. So much for "love" & "acceptance", huh? Your Mother Monster would be proud. :)

  63. 63

    Re: perez_the_childporn_king – Carlos Leon is still available. I'm sure Lady Graboid could pay him for his "services".
    Then she could cry and claim that anyone who thinks she's copying Madonna is a retarded phag.

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    I dont beleave one word that crazy bitch says. she is just saying that so she can be on everyone good side for when her album comes out. all about sales she dont give a shit about anyone but herself. not even her ugly monsters that think she is jesus or something

  65. IVIV says – reply to this


    Re: gagasucksss – exactly, that's what I'm saying. but it's too much to expect of them to actually make that connection. it's going completely against what she's trying to preach. A word like that shouldn't even be an option to use to her if she truly is how she says, & if she means what she says/is singing about.

  66. 66

    I love when people chastise people for shit and act like they are perfect and NEVER have done something equivalent. Im not a fan of her new ego but this shit does happen. Heck Obama made a special olympics joke and he got forgivin. i think thats far more appalling and unacceptable because hes unfortunately the leader.

  67. 67

    If it was anyone else you would bash them before they had a chance to apologize cough Kobe but with gaga you don't report anything until she releases an official statement.

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    Re: Eldridge Cleaver – im not saying what she did is cool I will say though that its people who give words power the n and f word are different. Unfortunately though the word retarded has become a sad disgusting social norm in many areas which means its ingrained into our minds. I admit ive used it and it saddens me to think about it. The n and f words from the get go where not meant to be a diagnosis but words to have power. Additionally everyone here is acting like they are so perfect and never have done anything equivalent to this.

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    Re: IVIV – yes, and all her little monsters say that people are overreacting. they don't realize that it's not really a big deal (in my opinion) to use the word 'retarded'. it becomes somewhat of an issue if the person using it is someone that claims to be trying to "push the boundaries of love and acceptance". i also love how she doesn't admit she was wrong, she just gives a bullshit apology.

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    Re: why bother – He got forgiven, what are you talking about ppl were about to rip his head off lol. Saying that yes ppl make mistakes but for someone who preaches love and acceptance you would think that word wouldn't come out of her mouth. MJ preach love and peace too and even with the things they threw at him which were far worst he never got so angry that he used the R or F word unlike Perez and Gaga who would get bend out of shape if anyone else were to use those words.

  71. 71

    If it was Christina or someone else he Perez bullies he would have a whole lot to say!!!!!!!

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    Gaga is on her way to a major nervous breakdown.
    She's not as strong minded as Madonna.

  73. 73

    I remember that pic of her with a fan who had a disability and she just made her day…that made me have a little more respect for Lady G. I don't think she meant anything by it, but I think she should be more careful what she says though and think about using the word "retarded." At least she apologized. Also "chola" and "Orient"…I'm surprised no one is calling her out for that. That sounds really ignorant. Anyways…

    Perez, why didn't you post anything about her interview to NME. You are so transparently biased. O well, do what you will. It's all over the internet other places like on Yahoo news.

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    Re: imgoingtobeGFF – How did Madonna cause psychological trauma? I'm confused.

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    I wont say nothing against her about this word, considering that I use it as much more than just once. The use of the word "retarded" is fairly common, I even think that at this point of life an times, the word has lost its real sense to become something else, pretty much just like the word " gay".

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    Re: ParisIsBurning – because you know her so well!

  77. 77

    I'm a professional musician and hold a PhD in Musicology. As such, I use the words "retard," and "retardation" all the time. This happens not only when writing about music, but also when conducting and communicating to other musicians. Of course, the reason why its used in such a manner is because "retard," AS DEFINED BY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE means to delay, hold back or slow down. Same goes for Italian: ritardo, and French: retard. Thus, Gaga's use of the word is completely valid in the context of defending against claims of regressive song writing. Truth is, she is right. Copying an old style IS in fact retarded and NOT progressive. The social stigma attached is circumstantial, and when used to denote a lack of development (as in GaGa's case) it should not hold such critical weight. It's not slang people, it's an actual word in our language. And if you go read a book, I promise you'll not only discover loads of new words to add to your vocabulary, but you might even learn how to better use (and define) the ones you already know! Think critically.

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    Gaga is full of shit people. She preaches in her music Born this Way yet she can't control her mouth from spewing nasty words. You can say she's human but I think she's a hypocrite and people need to stop putting her up high like she's a good person when she's not. The only reason she's apologizing is because people were offended which they have a right to be so. That word is very vile and of course it doesn't surprise me it came out her mouth. She's nothing but a fake!

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    If this was anyone else you would be roasting them by now Perez. You threw Kobe under the bus for saying the F word, why special treatment for gaga? She's just as wrong as he is and there's absolutely no excuses, especially for someone who preaches so avidly about love, peace, and acceptance, cough hypocrite cough. I didn't hear anyone backing Kobe, saying it was just a "slip up" and he was just in a "heated" moment. They both fucked up and of course some people are gonna make a "big deal" out of her saying this because of the things she "supposedly" stands her.

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    all i can say to this ahh grasp.

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    Re: ceeeee – He/she is just full of shit. Don't take their words seriously.

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    Re: Aguirre – That's all fine and dandy, but the context in which she used the term was not referencing some archaic chord progression. Other sites have the quote - "Why would I try to put out a (copied) song and think I'm getting one over on everybody? That's retarded." She went on to blather about the lyrics and melody being sent to her by God. Most people figure if that is true, Madonna = God. regards

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    Re: Aguirre – Um, I'm sorry, but you're an idiot. In the context she used it in, she meant it as being stupid. If she meant to use it in the meaning you've provided, it wouldn't make any sense. By the way.. retard, AS DEFINED BY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE also means mentally handicapped person. Did you skip that when you looked it up in the dictionary? Stop looking for an excuse for her, she even apologized, so that even furthermore makes your argument invalid.

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    Re: ParisIsBurning
    You are absolutely correct that she is not as strong as Madonna. That's because Madonna created herself and she knows herself. This twat was manufactured in the sausage factory and she doesn't know who she is. She has absolutely no artistic vision WHATSOEVER. She is a balloon without a knot. She's all over the place and she's beginning to implode.

  85. 85

    Perez won't call her out because not only is he up her ass, he's also as much of a hypocrite as she is.

  86. 86

    I love gaga BUT WHAT THE HELL?? I am a fan of hers because she preaches equality and anti-discrimination and bullying … and now she just used such an offensive word!!! That really pisses me off! For someone who preaches these things she shouldn't have had such a big slip of tongue!! This makes me think that she uses that word often because it slipped out! This makes me think twice about being her fan :-( Maybe she is doing this whole equality thing for her career :-( im sad

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    Calling something 'retarded' when you mean stupid or idiotic is really gay. Don't people realize what they're saying? KNOCK IT OFF!

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    someone else lets that word slip and they are a horrible person no matter how much they apologise. quotes you have used
    'no matter what your status, people should not use that word'
    'its discusting, 'celebs' should watch their mouths as they are in a place of power and are role models'

    lady gaga. 'oops, honest mistake' as it is with pretty much everyone else who slipped up.

    you need to keep posting shit about her because as everyone can see, she is slipping already. album 2, single two. shame.

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    C'mon people, relax already. Sure, it's not a good word to use but shi*t happens. What I find most annoying is her overly dramatic, BS response. She always tries to make these deep, profound comments. IMO, she just sounds like a typical pot head over analyzing. Note to most of you self-absorbed famous people that think the whole world really cares what you think or say…JUST SHUT UP AND ENTERTAIN US!

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    Re: fabtree – when they are used as slang they don't have the same meaning how come the word police aren't trying to ban the use of dumb and lame? and the words crazy, psycho and insane get banded about a lot too are they not offensive to the mentally ill? words are not the problem it's the way they are used like when that gay journalist jokingly used the "f word" (p.s. there is already an f word!!!! argh) in an article and people got mad (oopsie ¬_¬) it's ridiculous, but i don't even know why i'm typing this perez never uploads my comments

  91. M: says – reply to this


    pure bullshit-. she gave the worst interview ever. full of rage. she is the retarded here. she cant deal with all the bad critics. madonna would never do that. and then say sorry. madonna always thinks what she says. and gaga is a liar cause on jay leno she said madonna sent her an email supporting BTW and now she says BTW doesnt sounds like madonna?? she copies madonna all the time and she doesnt admitted it? shes so fake.pure fraud. she should be strong enough to say YES I DID COPY MADONNA. but no. she prefers call it retarded. LEAVE THE DRUGS AND FACE IT …UR DONE NOW.

    madonna always says what she believes. always had the right attitude and never never hurt other artists. after gaga coying her … madonna supported her. even when her fans were against it- GAGA UR ATTITUDE … THE WAY U REALLY ARE IS FINALLY SHOWING. stop being fake cause i dont believe u anymore…. ppl can call madonna a bitch .. but she always said what she wants…. and that is npot being a bitch is being smart. gaga ur dumb. UR INTERVIEW WAS PURE CRAP-. WE CAN SEE HOW DESPERATE U ARE

  92. M: says – reply to this


    pure bullshit-. she gave the worst interview ever. full of rage. she is the retarded here. she cant deal with all the bad critics. madonna would never do that. and then say sorry. madonna always thinks what she says. and gaga is a liar cause on jay leno she said madonna sent her an email supporting BTW and now she says BTW doesnt sounds like madonna?? she copies madonna all the time and she doesnt admitted it? shes so fake.pure fraud. she should be strong enough to say YES I DID COPY MADONNA. but no. she prefers call it retarded. LEAVE THE DRUGS AND FACE IT …UR DONE NOW.

    madonna always says what she believes. always had the right attitude and never never hurt other artists. after gaga coying her … madonna supported her. even when her fans were against it- GAGA UR ATTITUDE … THE WAY U REALLY ARE IS FINALLY SHOWING. stop being fake cause i dont believe u anymore…. ppl can call madonna a bitch .. but she always said what she wants…. and that is npot being a bitch is being smart. gaga ur dumb. UR INTERVIEW WAS PURE CRAP-. WE CAN SEE HOW DESPERATE U ARE

    apologys are avoid…

  93. M: says – reply to this


    Re: imgoingtobeGFF – madonna NEVER stole anybodies work. she payed homage. her career is unique. the way her career is built is unique. gaga s career is a copy from madonnas. and she doesnt admited that. madonna came and changed the history of pop music. she did pay some homage but it was intentional.she said it. many times. but her career isnt liek marilyn monroe or other. ppl ahve to make a diffrence here. gagas career is a copy from madonas.madonna never copied a show, never copied the way she rule her career.never gaga even copied madonna interviews. gaga is not young dear. madonna was her age when she started. and madonna never agve a bad interview. always said what she wants and that why after almost 30 years she wtill #1 and that.other artists pay homage to amdonna and that is not copying her NO. but hwat gaga does is

  94. M: says – reply to this


    Gaga is on her way to a major nervous breakdown.
    She's not as strong minded as Madonna.

    Madonna is the queen … she wants equality since the day one and thats what she is doing….. even the POPE called her anti christ but she still on her fight to equality rights. all her life. even when it was a tabu. madonna after all the bad critics when she did erotica she never had a break down. acyually i think she is the only artist who can deal so well with presuare. IF U ARENT LIKE MADONNA STOP ACTYING LIKE MADONNA….. AND STOP COMPARING HERSELF TO MADONNA. because of u ,because of what u said in the beggining ppl started to ahte on u. u arent MADONNA…..

  95. g007 says – reply to this


    Give the LADY A FUCKING BREAK people!! She used the word 'retarded' big fucking deal!! Like if none of you bastards never used it beforee and its not even because we don't care about people that are offended, its because nobody even thinks about these people when we use it. ITS NOT ABOUT THEM. PERIOD

    Lady Gaga is an awesome artist regardless of whether or not she used the same chord progression. She's got great music and an amazing talent.

  96. M: says – reply to this



    madonna loves u and u didnt respected her. lame ….. dont believe u anymore gaga

  97. M: says – reply to this


    Re: Abby Larumbe – amdonna always used the right words.

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    God she is full of shit.

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    Re: IheartGaga
    Finally! A Lil monster with a brain!! .. never thought I'd see something like that …

    she only uses you guys for money and fame .. sad that you guys cant see that (If she really cared for her fans .. she should atleast come up with something orignal for her fans to enjoy and not copy her deceased friend) … (Just google lina morgana and you'll know what Im talking about)

  100. cymro says – reply to this


    The fact that you release the statement from her but didn't actually report it when it happened PROVES how biased you are and how you've had an agenda in bullying other artists who don't play your game. You are sick. And you know what, you're a reason why Gaga is experiencing a backlash! Ha Ha Ha.

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