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Lady Gaga describes claims of plagiarism as “retarded”

HollywoodNews.com: Lady Gaga might have a bit of apologizing to do in the near future as she recently dropped a word in an interview that many believe the usage to be inappropriate.

In a recent interview with ‘NME’ magazine, Gaga addressed the recent claims of plagiarism and described the situation as “retarded,” states UsMagazine.com.

“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,” Gaga said about “Born This Way” being like Madonna’s “Express Yourself.”

Gaga further defended her song by explaining the similarities: “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.”

Do you think Lady Gaga should apologize for using that word?

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One Comment

  • LT
    April 20, 2011 | Permalink |

    We should all be trying not to use this word in this context, but habits have formed around it being a part of many peoples’ vocabulary, and they end up using it without thinking. I have a family member who has down syndrome, and since she blessed our family this issue hit closer to home for me and I have made an extra effort not to throw that word around. Then, I began to notice how often everyone everywhere misuses this word. The whole world needs to raise their awareness on this one – and by slipping up herself, Lady Gaga did bring this to attention. She is somewhat of a gay icon, and doesn’t throw the word “gay” around in a derogatory manner… perhaps no one has enlightened her yet to the possibility that there’s also a huge population of people who are hurt by the misuse of the R word. However, I can’t imagine a life where I have to publicly apologize for every time the wrong thing slipped out of my mouth. Famous people need to not be the only form of a role model that the rest of us have. I am just grateful that most of the world has reached a point where the misuse of this word is finally getting the attention it deserves. Hopefully this bad habit will fade out for the majority of us, if not all of us. It’s probably safe to say that Gaga will figure this one out and avoid this snafu in the future.

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