M.I.A. Bashes Lady GaGa Again, But Admits She Ripped Her Off

Alex Blagg / May 26, 2010

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Not as far as M.I.A. is concerned.

The “Paper Planes” singer, who recently shocked the world by taking a cheap swipe at Lady GaGa, has once again dissed the Pantless One—even while admitting that she’s shamelessly ripped her off.

Comparing GaGa unfavorably to Madonna, M.I.A. tells the New York Times,

“You can’t really say that Gaga is culturally a change. Madonna was truly unique.”

None of which deterred the singer from lifting the concept for GaGa’s video collaboration with Beyonce, “Telephone,” for her own recent “controversial” video, “Born Free”:

“With our video, we were really copying ‘Telephone.’ Both our videos are road movies. We kill people, and they kill people. They start out in a prison, and we start out in a squat, hunting people down…I can’t talk about Gaga anymore. All I’ll say is, it’s upsetting when babies say ga-ga now. It used to be innocent. Now, they’re calling her name.”

So just to recap: Lady GaGa isn’t unique, but she’s interesting enough for you to poach her ideas? What does that say about your own originality, M.I.A.? Sounds like the “gaga”-spouting babies aren’t the only ones spewing infantile nonsense.