Reader’s Respond: Do You Think Lady Gaga Has Copied Madonna?

Amanda Hasaka / January 13, 2012

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but has Lady Gaga taken things a bit too far?

In early 2011, Mother Monster caught a bit of flack when people said her poppy tune “Born This Way” sounded eerily similar to Madonna’s 90s hit, “Express Yourself.”

Recently, Madonna told ABC News her thoughts when she first heard Gaga’s track, “I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was . . . interesting.” Madge then called LG “reductive,” but then added, “there’s a lot of ways to look at it. I can’t really be annoyed by it …because, obviously, I’ve influenced her.”

We decided to ask our Facebook readers if they though Gaga was straight up copying Madonna, and got a lot of good feedback:

Misty D. said: “who in the music world hasnt”

Elaine M. said: “NO Lady Gaga is much weirder”

Adam P. said: “yep gaga ripped off express yourself”

Keith L. said: “SO OVER LADY GAGA AND HER WEIRD OUTFITS !!!! IT’s REALLY GETTING BORING”

Michelle S. said: “no gaga is her own person and takes more risks with fashion all of madonnas songs sound the same and madonna lip syncs”

Christine A. said: “No I think Madonna is just pissed because she is weird young talent that everyone once loved about her… Don’t be jealous be thankful Madonna you had your day to shine let her have hers :)”

Mari B. said: “Used to be a die hard Madonna fan…now, not so much, her fame has given her a sense of self rightousness and arrogance;however, can’t argue the woman is an icon…she has an incredible influence on reshaping my generation…I’m team Madonna on this one…in spite of my opinion of her now…”

Bonnie L. said: “just because she dressed like that 100 years ago, she thinks she has the lease on it , Lady Gaga does it better she has more class than the old hag, plus I’m sure her under arms are shaved.”

What do you guys think? Keep the debate going in the comments!