Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sounds a lot like Madonna's "Express Yourself," but when faced with this pretty solid truism several months ago, Gaga balked. In an incident The Amp calls Lady Gaga's Ears Are Broken, the pop star lashed out at a journalist who dared to ask her about the similarity, replying, "What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about. I will look you in your eyes and tell you that I am not dumb enough or moronic enough to think that you are dumb enough or moronic enough not to see that I would have stolen a melody."
That was late April. In the months since, Lady Gaga has learned a far more effective way of responding to accusations her work has been influenced by others -- praising, smiling, and keeping it moving. When Access Hollywood asked Gaga if her wheelchair-bound mermaid character Yuyi is a bit too similar to Bette Midler's wheelchair-bound mermaid character Delores DeLago yesterday, Gaga said, "I had no idea that she did that and I'm a huge Bette Midler fan... Obviously I feel connected to women in theater and women from the past."
Gaga even confirmed our suspicion that the wheelchair wasn't a commentary on the nature of disability, but a utilitarian way to move around the stage with her legs bound. "I couldn't hop around in that tail so I just stuck myself in a wheelchair. All I'll say is that I... admire her and find her to be one of the most brilliant and incredible performers." If that's literally "all I'll say," then Lady Gaga is growing wiser in her young age.
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