It kind of seems like Lady Gaga's shocking behavior is getting predictable. I mean, we always know to expect something wild and controversial out of her to begin with (hence, predictable). And it kind of seems like we should just start expecting said behavior to be Madonna-esque. Sorry, Gags.
In her newest video, for her song "Judas" (which I'm not a fan of, but that's a whole 'nother post), Gaga "shocks" people by playing a bad-ass, biker version of Mary Magdalene. (You know, from the Bible?) Controversy commence! "Oh, that Gaga! How could she use Catholicism in her videos? How could she take something so sacred, like Mary Magdalene, and gyrate her hips to it?"
Um, has anyone else seen Madonna's "Like a Prayer" video? If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery -- Madonna, consider yourself flattened.
Now, I'm not one to get super offended by "religious references" ... or anything controversial for that matter. As the cast of the Jersey Shore has taught me -- I do me. However, I am taking a wee bit of offense to Gaga continually imitating Madonna, then trying to act like she's not.
Gaga recently made headlines when she not only denied plagiarizing Madonna's "Express Yourself" for her song "Born This Way," but for how defensive she got, and the ... "r" word she used. She told magazine, NME:
I'm a songwriter. I've written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I'm getting one over on everybody? That's retarded. What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about… If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It's the same one that's been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I’m the first f***ing artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn’t mean I’m a plagiarist, it means that I’m f***ing smart. Sorry.
Damn, girl. Usually people don't get that defensive unless they have something to hide! Oh, and a little word of advice, Lady G: If you don't want people to think you're biting off of her Madge-esty, you might want to ditch the Catholic-themed videos that feature hunky Latin men. Just sayin'.
Check out Lady Gaga's "Judas" video, then Madonna's "Like a Prayer." Any similarities?
Even the length of the videos is almost exact! Thoughts?
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