Upon the track's February 11 release many from Gaga's audience likened the single to Madge's 1989 hit 'Express Yourself,' with which 'Born This Way' shares a chord progression and "love yourself for who you are" message.
Gaga teared up during an interview for the latest issue of British magazine NME and admitted that she "was just f---ing shellshocked" that her interviewer would even suggest her hit was a Madonna rip-off. "I am not stupid enough to put out a record and be that moronic," she insists. "I'm a songwriter. I've written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a [copied] song and think I'm getting one over on everybody?" she asks her interviewer. "That's retarded. What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about."
A clearly offended and defensive Gaga goes on to compare the two hits herself stating, "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." She continues and drops a few more F-bombs for emphasis, "Just because I'm the first f---ing artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn't mean I'm a plagiarist, it means that I'm f---ing smart."
Gaga has outwardly expressed her admiration for Madonna and admitted that the pop icon has been an influence on her career. Back in February, she told Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' that she even received Madonna's good blessings and support for 'Born This Way.' Gaga however insists, "When I homage, I f---ing homage with a big sign saying I've done it." Apparently, 'Born This Way' isn't even a salute to Madge, let alone a rip-off.
Funnily enough, the artist likens the creation of 'Born This Way' to immaculate conception, while Madonna has a greatest hits album 'The Immaculate Collection,' a pun of the religious term. "I feel like honestly that God sent me those lyrics and that melody. When you feel a message to give to the world and people are shooting arrows at it ... there's no way for something that pure to be wrong." Case closed.
Watch Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' video.