March 26, 2017

Lady Gaga slammed for use of certain words in “Born This Way”

HollywoodNews.com: Lady Gaga has apparently offended some people with the use of a few certain words in her latest song “Born This Way.”

Some Arizona Latino groups like Chicanos Unidos Arizona and MEChA are reportedly upset with her use of the words ‘Chola’ and ‘Orient’ in her lyrics, states Hispanically Speaking News.

The groups reportedly find this to be racist and derogatory as the words have negative connotations. Lady Gaga has yet to respond to these claims.

Do you think there is anything wrong with her lyrics?

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46 Comments

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    That’s the stupidest thing I have ever heard, do they not understand what the song is about? lol this is the kind of crap that the song speaks out against. They need to get over themselves, this has nothing to do with them being offended by lyrics. Clearly, they just don’t like Lady Gaga. Get over it.

  • AJ
    January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think people today just want to play the victim. I’m willing to bet my life that Lady Gaga probably doesn’t mean any offense and didn’t intend those words to be taken in a derogatory sense. From what I’ve read her new song “born this way” (the song in question) is supposed to be the unofficial anthem for loving yourself. I somehow feel that a song like that wouldn’t try to incite racism

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    how dare you guys try to you know sue her she is the best singer every

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    oh but when some asshole rapper says “nigger” everyones okay with it? no this is not right, WHO GIVES A SHIT?!

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    There is nothing wrong with the lyrics i love it and i don’t care what peoples think, i just love the song and what ever gaga do i don’t care i just love her <3

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    A song about acceptance and believing in yourself and freeing yourself from stigma and societys norm is causing controversy get a grip people or at least wait until the songs out or better still get a proper job rather than waiting for someone you don’t like to do something just so you can critisize ?

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Well I”m half Filipino, half Japanese, and half caucasian and i’m fine with her using the word oriental. None of the Asians, or should i say Orientals, that I know are offended by this. Also, I have a Latino friend and he doesn’t care if we use the word cholo. *shrug*

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think people are always looking for something to bi*ch about.. People really need to get being do damn sensitive and LOOKING for reaons to say, “OH, YOU’VE OFFENDED ME!” Lady Gaga isn’t about racism, and I’m tired of every single white individual on this planet having to watch what we say so we don’t offend somebody. If you don’t like her lyrics, then listen to SOMETHING ELSE!

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    No. The lyrics are obviously about accepting everyone for who they are. These people need to get a life.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Who in their right mind would be upset by this? Lady GaGa is standing up for minorities everywhere through this song. Those terms are not used in a derogatory way at all.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Gaga is just getting RICH off all your insecurities. She’s a white female who grew up in a middle-class New York suburb and went to a very expensive, private school her whole privilege life (the meaning of privilege: a benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most). She was not “Born This Way”. Nuff said.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Omgosh Lady Gaga is so the most non-racist person on earth! As a matter of fact she is promoting anti-racism and anti-homophobia in her song! Anyone Little Monsters would understand that Lady Gaga does not stand for anything to do with prejudice! These ppl do not understand her at all and should not criticize Gaga.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    @Chris GET A BRAIN FIRST OF ALL. Second, you know nothing of GaGa. Do your research, GaGa’s parents weren’t rich; they spent everything they had on GaGa and her sister’s education. Both GaGa and her family have been treated rather poorly by the school she attended due to their economic background. Her parents donated several things to charities, auctions, etc, held by the school yet the school has still disrespected them. GaGa was disrespected for who she is, for the way she chose to express herself and she has had to deal with morons like you making assumptions about her her whole life. Get a brain you idiot. you have no clue what Born This Way means you pathetic piece of trash.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    yeah because the whole song is about racism isn’t it? People need to get a grip and open their eyes. Didn’t these people read ANY other lyircs BESIDES Chola and Orient? Well.. I’m Mexican and I’m not offended by this.. maybe if she said border jumper or beaner..then I’d be upset..but this is ok. Paws up baby!

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    @Chris u r obviously an idiot, she didn’t have a wealthy upbringing, she and her marents worked hard for everything+shes not white, she’s Italian. Get ur facts straight! (“‘) BTW

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    @DC: Thank you! You say the words out of my mouth.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    As far as I knew neither Chola nor Cholo were bad or derogatory words. If I remember correctly, it’s a very casual word often used in a similar manner to how my fellow black people use “nigga.” This is so stupid and trivial because everything I’ve read says that a chola is like a just a ghetto latina and Gaga is saying that she should be herself, the beautiful urban latina girl that she is. We, Americans, live in a such an overly politically correct society and we need to grow up.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Have any of you people ever heard of Privilege Denying Dude?
    and don’t even get me started on that “i have ___ friends of this race and they’re not offended” or “she didn’t mean it” garbage.

    you shouldn’t use a word if you don’t know it’s full meaning. and just because she didn’t set out to offend, doesn’t mean she didn’t anyway.
    look at the context in the song, the way it was written, “chola” and “orient” would be replacing Hispanic and Asian. one is predominately a gang stereotype and the other would be the equivalent of calling a black person “colored”.

    so no, it’s not a bunch of people looking to be victims( that argument is illogical), it’s her, and apparently some of her crazier fans needing to educate themselves.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    @chris you have absolutely NO IDEA what you are talking about. Your post just makes you sound like you’re mentally incompetent.

    Anybody who be offended by the lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ need to seriously check themselves mentally.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    @Kike (seriously? you use that word as your username?) You said she’s not white but Italian. Wow. Did you know Caucasian applies to Italians too?! Race and ethnicity are completely different. ~Get your facts straight.~

    It is also widely known she grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to a wealthy family, went to a prestigious private school where she was classmates with Paris Hilton, and her father is a CEO of an Internet-based company. ~Get your facts straight.~

    What are “marents” by the way? (Not going to use BTW because it has sadly replaced a widely used internet acronym now.)

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Guys just let the haters hate, they’re too ignorant to ever change their minds. They’re the ones missing out on this wonderful world Gaga provides. They’ll never understand what being a Monster is really about. Every hater who has posted on here I GUARANTEE has NOT done a single bit of research into the matter. Guess what assholes?? SHE DIDN’T MEAN IT like that. She’s defending those people, and anyone else who has been singled out because of who they are. People like you is what is wrong with this world, and that’s the point Gaga is trying to make. She might have grown up in a wealthy background, but the girl was taught that she has to work hard to make it, she was NOT spoiled like most are in her shoes. She knows the value of a dollar, and she knows you can’t just have things handed to you. You have to work hard to get what you want and by god she did that. The woman is talented, more than EVERY other artist out there, hate all you want but dammit it is true. NOBODY in the music business works as hard as she does and THAT IS A FACT. I know that sentence is going to get negative feedback but no argument will justify it not being true. Gaga is the hardest worker in the music industry. She deserves everything she has, and she stands up for what she believes in. Her lyrics in NO WAY are offensive to anybody. This is just a bunch of ‘poor little me’ minorities wanting attention. They weren’t offended by shit. They just don’t like Gaga (like a lot of people unfortunately, because they don’t even take the time to understand) so they look for every excuse they can find to bash her and try to turn her fans on her. Call us brainwashed, call us naive, I don’t care. We’re the ones living our lives to the max and believing in something that makes the world a better place, not you. We’re the ones who have something that completes our lives and gives us hope and something to get us through the hard days. You’re the ones living in vain with nothing to look up to so it’s your loss. Talk all the shit you want, nothing is going to pull apart the Little Monsters as much as you might want that to happen. We are one and World War 3 couldn’t change that.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    UM NO. THIS IS F**K’n Ridiculous. This whole song is about equality, which is why she used the word Cholo. She’s OBVIOUSLY not racist. What dumb*** thought this up. STOP TRYING TO MAKE SHIT ABOUT GAGA BECAUSE YOU CANT FIND ANY.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Ok first of all I am Lady GaGa’s biggest fan, and I know her so well. She is def the most accepting and loving person in the world The song is about loving yourself no matter who you are. I can’t frickin wait till the song comes out. I’m so excited! I hate you ppl who try to put her down when she is the most succesful artist in the world. I love her and will always stand by her. I am Hispanic and see no negativity in this song. So heres a thought… listen to the song before you judge. And get a life. Quit being so butt hurt. GaGa will be forever and this is her year. I LOVE YOU MOTHER MONSTER & YES WE WERE BORN THSI WAY BABY!!! 🙂

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Ok first of all I am Lady GaGa’s biggest fan, and I know her so well. She is def the most accepting and loving person in the world The song is about loving yourself no matter who you are. I can’t frickin wait till the song comes out. I’m so excited! I can’t stand you ppl who try to put her down when she is the most succesful artist in the world. I love her and will always stand by her. I am Hispanic and see no negativity in this song. So heres a thought… listen to the song before you judge. And get a life. Quit being so butt hurt. GaGa will be forever and this is her year. I LOVE YOU MOTHER MONSTER & YES WE WERE BORN THIS WAY BABY!!!

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    The song is about learning to love every single person. Thats why she says, “No matter black, white or beige, 
Chola or orient made
. Baby we were born this way.”

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Gagai s Genius and others envy on her success . Enough Said.

  • January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    squallid… she’s the most riddiculous person I ever heard of

  • Dre
    January 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    Hey,

    I bet anything Christina Aguilera is behind this since Lady Gaga ended her career.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think those terms have negative connotations and that Gaga was either ignorant/naive in using them or deliberately employed those terms just to cause controversy and garner publicity. Either way, she looks stupid and desperate.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Arizona is just bitter cause Gaga didnt cancel her concert there in protest of the recent immigrant law passed. However she did give a speech at the concert about how she opposed the law, Arizona needs to get their heads out of their ass. As a hispanic im not offended by Gagas lyrics, im more offended by Arizonas problem with them. They clearly didnt even bother to read the rest of the lyrics cause this songs about empowerment rather than promoting ignorance.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Looks like someone is hating…*roll eyes*

    Seriously? Aiming this on Gaga? How bout those rap artist who uses TONS of cuss in their lyrics. How bout them? Its not that I’m offended with words, its just BIASED.

    Furthermore this song is about unity and peace. So their point about Gaga’s use of word is just invalid. Utter BS.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    why are we calling her a racist for trying to empower people of all looks, sexual orientations, and races. Why would people be offended by her telling them to love themselves? Research those terms yourself. They’re not as offensive as you’re making them. And considering the context the word is used in, I highly doubt anyone is gonna take offense. The fact that they looked so far into the WORD to make something good into bad is just disturbing. Stop trying to turn the song into a bad thing. I’m sure she did her research if anything before she put the word in the song. This song is to lift people not bring them down or call them out of their names. I don’t believe anyone’s going to really care. I respect them analyzing the lyrics, but I doubt anyone will be offended by this song. It’s like calling Republicans and Democrats donkeys and elephants: it’s a symbolic representation of the group. I respect your observations, but it’s too early to generalize what the public will think. So many will try to destroy Lady Gaga. So many, over and over, coming in periods of greatness. But in this period, she cannot be broken.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Who runs this website and why was my post defending Gaga deleted? They’re going to let people bash her and crap on here and when I go to defend her its deleted. What the hell?? That just goes to show you this site probably has it out for her and wouldn’t be surprised if they made the whole thing up.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Guys just let the haters hate, they’re too ignorant to ever change their minds. They’re the ones missing out on this wonderful world Gaga provides. They’ll never understand what being a Monster is really about. Every hater who has posted on here I GUARANTEE has NOT done a single bit of research into the matter. Guess what assholes?? SHE DIDN’T MEAN IT like that. She’s defending those people, and anyone else who has been singled out because of who they are. People like you is what is wrong with this world, and that’s the point Gaga is trying to make. She might have grown up in a wealthy background, but the girl was taught that she has to work hard to make it, she was NOT spoiled like most are in her shoes. She knows the value of a dollar, and she knows you can’t just have things handed to you. You have to work hard to get what you want and by god she did that. The woman is talented, more than EVERY other artist out there, hate all you want but dammit it is true. NOBODY in the music business works as hard as she does and THAT IS A FACT. I know that sentence is going to get negative feedback but no argument will justify it not being true. Gaga is the hardest worker in the music industry. She deserves everything she has, and she stands up for what she believes in. Her lyrics in NO WAY are offensive to anybody. This is just a bunch of ‘poor little me’ minorities wanting attention. They weren’t offended by shit. They just don’t like Gaga (like a lot of people unfortunately, because they don’t even take the time to understand) so they look for every excuse they can find to bash her and try to turn her fans on her. Call us brainwashed, call us naive, I don’t care. We’re the ones living our lives to the max and believing in something that makes the world a better place, not you. We’re the ones who have something that completes our lives and gives us hope and something to get us through the hard days. You’re the ones living in vain with nothing to look up to so it’s your loss. Talk all the shit you want, nothing is going to pull apart the Little Monsters as much as you might want that to happen. We are one and World War 3 couldn’t change that….

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    @Kike

    Are you an idiot? Italians ARE white, dumbass.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    @Kike

    Italians are white. They’re from Europe and they belong to the Caucasoid race.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    personally i believe that judging by the context of the lyrics, using cholo and oriental to replace hispanic and asian acts as an effort to rid the negative connotations which they have had by using them in place of politically correct terms and not to exacerbate those meanings. This dude once said, “here is no such thing as a dirty theme. There are only dirty writers” (George Jean Nathan) which in this situation pretty much translates to as “theres no such thing as dirty words just a dirty minds. I think it’s about time these two words become just as passé as the word nigger in present society especially with young people. people say it all the time and no one gives a shit, half the time it’s white guys..i’m sorry, “Caucasian” guys calling each other it. well in my experience anyway. the black guys i know don’t give either because it’s between friends. Your argument so far seems to be pretty a pretty subjective reaction to the lyrics. You dismissed the ““i have ___ friends of this race and they’re not offended” or “she didn’t mean it” facts put forward by a lot of people, when i think it’s a valid point. It shows a lot of people have moved on from being offended by them and adopted the words to celebrate overcoming the adversity of their stereotype, or even for humorous intimacy. You might not like it anyway and that’s fine, just Don’t listen to it when it comes out

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    I also agree that these “derogatory” terms have been taken out of context; I don’t think Gaga meant to further “perpetuate” racism and homophobia through Born This Way. When I read the lyrics on Gaga’s Twitter account, my first impression is that it revolves around the whole concept of accepting oneself for who one is. Don’t get me wrong, I am not implying that it promotes narcissism, but rather, positive embracement of oneself, “warts and all”. Although I have yet to hear the song, I think it’s a song of empowerment for EVERYONE, and not just a “gay anthem”, as some have hyped it up to be; it’s a great mantra that all should follow, especially when one is down.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    im hispanic nd i did not find that offensive so whp ever said that is stupid nd should stfu nd it prob was xtina who said that

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Lady Gaga is not racist! She didn’t use those terms in a negative way! She used them as empowering words, that Hispanics and Asians should be proud of their ethnicity and embrace the terms she used! The whole song is about equality and taking pride in who are you, either gay, straight, bi, Lebanese, Asian, Hispanic you name it! I’ve been reading the comments and I haven’t seen anyone post that they were seriously offended by the lyrics! Lady Gaga is the most talented artist today, has way more talent than Britney, Kesha, Katy Perry, Justin Beiber (well anyone is better than him), to name a few of the artists who don’t have talent.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    If Lady Gaga uses the n-word in one of her songs I am sure all the blacks will be mad at her because it is a racist word. Therefore I understand if the latinos are mad at her for using racist words in her song ‘Born this way’. Just because she is Lady Gaga does not mean she can say or do anything she wants.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    This is good! If Lady Gaga is going to be the next Madonna then she has to start pissing off more people and offending different ethnic groups!

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Haha so true. Madonna offended the Christians, Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, Native Americans Indians, Asians…she pissed off the Hindus when she wore the bindi with a see through shirt. She offended the entire nation of Puerto Rico when she wiped her crotch with their flag. She single-handedly took on the entire Vatican after masturbated wearing a crucifix so Lady Gaga has a lot of work ahead of her. It’s not gonna be easy becoming the next Madonna but she seems off to a good start. Just remember Gaga….Madonna never once apologized to any of them…..EVER!

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    wow…people are so stupid this song is to love yourself and to make people love who they are! people are turning this song around…I think this song is going to be realy good go STOP saying bad things about this song!! other singers us wors words then what she is saying in a good song about loving yourself!!! LOVE YOU GAGA!!!

  • February 1, 2011 | Permalink |

    I’m sure she didn’t mean any harm by using those words. In my opinion, the reason she used them was because she wanted people to let go of the negativity associated with those words and to embrace those words as something to be proud of. As in, I’m proud to be “orient” ; I’m proud to be “chola” ; I’m proud to be “gay”.

  • February 1, 2011 | Permalink |

    I’m Latino my self and i found the lyrics are epic, since i’m latino and i want to say to other latino that Lady Gaga is not racist, it’s just the song, how it racist by using word in the lyrics? I don’t think so, they just hate her so stop saying it’s racist just leave Lady Gaga alone, she is amazing for writing her own songs and it’s came out absolutely incredible, Lady Gaga all the ways!!

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