Lady Gaga calls Madonna copycat claims retarded

Apr 20, 2011 at 2:45 p.m. ET

Lady Gaga is tired of being accused of ripping off Madonna with her songs and her style, saying she is not a plagiarist -- but "smart." She goes on a rant to NME magazine, saying the comparisons are "retarded."

Lady Gaga has been dealing with Madonna comparisons since she burst onto the scene. It is hard to deny some of the similarities -- the outrageous style, cone-shape bra, the tendency to anger religious groups (more on that later) and even the similarities with their music.

Lady Gaga and Madonna

After being asked about the similarities between Gaga's Born This Wayand Madonna's Express Yourself, Gaga went on the defensive in an expletive-filled rant to NME magazine!

"That's retarded," she said. "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 (expletive) artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn't mean I'm a plagiarist, it means I'm (expletive) smart. Sorry."

I'm surprised Gaga would use the extremely offensive word "retarded" -- especially since the Born This Way singer claims to love and accept people of all shape, size, sexuality and forms. It degrades those people with disabilities and seems insensitive for someone in her position to use.

How does Madonna feel about the comparisons? Lady Gaga told Jay Leno that Madonna approves of her songs. "There is really no one that is a more adoring and loving Madonna fan than me. I am the hugest fan personally and professionally," she told Leno. "Well, the good news is that I got an e-mail from her people, and her sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single, and if the queen says it shall be, then it shall be."

As far as angering religious groups, Lady Gaga's new song Judas has been criticized by the conservative Catholic League for Gaga's dressing as a nun and swallowing a rosary in the video, which has not yet been released.

"I feel like honestly that God sent me those lyrics and that melody," Gaga said. "When you feel a message to give to the world and people are shooting arrows through it ... there's no way for something that pure to be wrong."

Tell us: Are you offended by Lady Gaga's use of the word "retarded?"