It all began innocently enough; just your average promotional interview.
On October 21, Lady Gaga made an appearance on Apple Music’s Beats 1 show, where DJ Zane told Gaga: “There is another artist who has lived a very parallel existence based on this story, which I’m sure you can relate to. You know Madonna tells a very similar story… overprotective father… ‘Papa Don’t Preach’… you know what I mean?”
And that’s when things took an awkward turn.
“Madonna and I are very different,” Gaga replied. “Just saying. We’re very different. I wouldn’t make that comparison at all and I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna, she’s a nice lady, and she’s had a fantastic huge career, biggest pop star of all time.
“I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer. What I do is different. There is spontaneity to my work. I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to break. I’m not afraid of my flaws.”
She also stated that her style isn’t “just rehearsing over and over again to put on a show.”
And after emphasizing that she didn’t mean disrespect in any way, she said: “I just will not be compared to anyone anymore I am who the f–k I am and this is me. My life story is my life story, just like yours is. The thing is we all express things in different ways, but my rebellion at my father for him being angry with me, that has ended. It’s like finally I can bite back.”
Twitter went feral regarding the comments:
Gaga: *slurs* "Madonna and I are very different. I wouldn't make that comparison at all". pic.twitter.com/YLHFSgOodt
— Nice Lady (@DitaElectronica) October 21, 2016
Gaga: "I'm Different Than Madonna, I Write My Own Songs"
— Shady Madonna Facts (@ShadyMFacts) October 21, 2016
interviewer: so Miss Ga-
Gaga: call me Joanne
interviewer: what inspired Joanne?
Gaga: I did it for the memes, something Madonna can't do.
— GRIGIOGIRL666 (@BibleGirl666) October 20, 2016
Gaga shouldn't have said that about Madonna honestly. She's right, people should stop making the comparison, but what she said was wrong.
— Lisanne (@LisanneCM) October 21, 2016
I take nothing away from Gaga's talent but her music does nothing for me. I could be wrong but Madonna has done ALL.OF.THIS. 😕
— Remy LeBeau (@ThereGoTerry) October 21, 2016
Madonna lacks talent?….Lady Gaga lacks respect for that comment, Madonna a walking goddess.
— Chetanna #Achilles (@kanecruz) October 21, 2016
— Melanie Wiseman (@MelanieCWiseman) October 21, 2016
People are saying Lady Gaga threw shade at Madonna, but shade takes creativity, which Gaga doesn't have 💅… Now bitch THAT'S shade
— Mark Ball (@artist_mjb) October 21, 2016