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Lady Gaga apologizes for use of “retarded” in interview

HollywoodNews.com: An interview with Lady Gaga by ‘NME’ magazine was recently released and had the singer using the word “retarded” to describe the plagiarism claims against her.

Now, Gaga is apologizing for her careless use of the word, states E! News.

“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. Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today,” Gaga said in part of her statement.

The Special Olympics, who criticized Gaga for her use of the word, has accepted the apology.

Do you think Lady Gaga just slipped up?

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  • April 21, 2011 | Permalink |

    Dimwitted would have been a less politically incorrect term but just as accurate. She’s speaking of certain ‘critics’ who hear similarities/parallels where there are none, but with the homages and parallels that ARE there, they completely miss them. Their critical thinking goes like this: “oh, those four notes sound familiar,” and then they go combing through Madonna’s body of work and if they don’t find something similar there, they rummage elsewhere until they can come up with a song that used the same four notes…never mind that they’re used entirely different, with different pitches, different intervals, different structures, different instrumentation, different beat, different tempo, etc etc etc. Express Yourself was exactly that kind of process. The chord progressions are similar, and the progressions shape the vocal intervals so that you may hear similarities in one or more melodies (Yes, Born This Way has several melodies while Express Yourself only has one). But everything else is different. In all other words, the two songs are entirely different. Most professional critics, upon several listenings, reached the same conclusion and admitted so. And she’s right. It would be utterly moronic of her to duplicate someone else’s song entirely and put it out there. She’s not stupid. And when she does an homage, it’s blatantly obvious. She practically inserts a title card saying “This is an homage to __________).

    If she weren’t so exhausted from her insane work schedule, I think she would have chosen a different word. But reality is, that many of us use that same word in that same way, behind closed doors, and it doesn’t refer to a developmental disability, it refers to willful stupidity. Please, most words in the dictionary have more than one meaning, and no one group should get to preempt all other definitions.

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