In the Cynthia McFadden interview, broadcasted during Good Morning America on January 13th, Madonna finally offered her take on the song… and it’s not exactly enthusiastic.
McFadden did, starting with the question of whether Madonna felt Gaga was “copying” her. The pop singer’s response, at first, was complimentary. She called Gaga “a very talented artist” and said she admired her songwriting. But she owned up to the connection between Gaga’s music and her own.
I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it’s amusing and flattering and well done.
Madonna said sometimes Gaga’s work also appears to be a “statement about taking something that was in the Zeitgeist, you know, 20 years ago and turning it inside out and reinterpreting it.”
There’s a lot of ways to look at it. I can’t really be annoyed by it …because, obviously, I’ve influenced her.
But the Material Girl became coy when the conversation turned to “Born This Way.”
When I heard it on the radio …I said that sounds very familiar.
It felt reductive.
Pressed as to whether that was a good or bad thing, Madonna told Cynthia McFadden to “look it up” – we did; the term means “minimal” or “crude” – before smiling slyly and taking a sip from her tea cup.
Senior reporter Jacob Bernstein hung out with Madonna for an upcoming piece in the January 30th issue of Newsweek, and got her thoughts on Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way.’
I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song (‘Express Yourself’). I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was… interesting.
Thanks to Jacob Bernstein
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