Lady Gaga Apologizes For Calling Plagiarism Suggestion “Retarded”

Lady Gaga is defending her song ‘Born This Way’ after it was compared with Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’, and in the process had to apologize for using an offensive term. “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,” the 25-year-old said during an interview with NME. “What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about. I will look you in your eyes and tell you that I am not dumb enough or moronic enough to think that you are dumb enough or moronic enough not to see that I would have stolen a melody. 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 fu**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 fu**ing smart.”

The pop star has since told PerezHilton.com: “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,” she said. “Whether life’s disabilities, left you outcast bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today.”

Watch a report from CBSNews.com’s Ken Lombardi about the news below the cut.


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