SCORNED THIS WAY

Lady Gaga Says She’s Not A Gay Icon, Is Proud Of Pissing Off Madonna

GAGA-attitudeStefanie Germanotta née Lady Gaga (or the other way around) sat down for an exclusive interview with UK gay mag Attitude in which she addressed the feud between her and the her from 30 years ago, Madonna, as well as her standing in the LGBT community.

Madge teased Gags by including a snippet of “Born This Way” into her performance of “Express Yourself” during her blockbuster MDNA tour last year, probably to point out how “reductive” (look it up) it was. Gaga, however, was basking in all that glorious shade:

I have to be really honest, I was completely kind of floored that Madonna was singing my song on her stage every night! I’m certainly not thinking about anybody but me and my fans when I’m on stage. The fact that I was on her mind at all. I mean, Madonna’s… she’s Madonna. I looked up to her for a long time. I’m not quite sure what her intention was – to do that in the show, but I don’t really care. I think playing into the gossip of the tabloids and, I guess the fodder of the competition, that’s just not what I’m about. She chooses to use her voice the way she chooses to use hers and I choose to use mine the way I use mine. All it meant to me was that Madonna Ciccone was singing my song on her stage and I’m 27! And as a punk-rocker from New York, I’ve basically been hoping that I would become so good that one day I would piss off Madonna!

Mission: accomplished. Still, the Lady doth protest too much over the seeming similarities between the two songs, but she has no burning desire to be the next Madonna:

I truthfully believe that was nothing about those records sounding alike, and everything about this gay icon versus gay icon nonsense. I don’t need to take anybody’s torch. I have no interest in taking anybody’s torch. I am over here and they are over there and if you feel connected to it the door is open for you to come in and enjoy this with us. But this need for competition was everything that “Born This Way” isn’t about!

We gays do love to pit our divas against one another — it comes from a place of extreme love and/or extreme cuntiness — but then again, some don’t feel Lady Gaga has earned her diva stripes. And they’re right. Give the Diva League of Nations a call in 10 years and after a series of comebacks then maybe we can start throwing that label around. But for her LGBT advocacy, and the message of “Born This Way” — which came pre-packaged as a gay anthem — many have called Lady Gaga a gay icon; and of course some have called that label into question as well. Including Lady Gaga:

But… but… but… but here, where do I say I’m a gay icon? I never said I was a gay icon. When did that happen? Are those lyrics on the album? Absolutely not. I don’t even consider myself… I don’t even know what that word means. That was a label that was invented years ago. I’m a… [Pauses] I’m a gay supporter.

She’s also part a gay herself, whether you choose to believe her or not:

I mean, I am bisexual, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I don’t need to – I’m sorry if this is a bit vulgar – but I don’t need to eat pussy in front of the whole world for people to take me seriously. You can believe it or not, it’s just here, I’m honest. I’m not saying it to be controversial; there you have it, here I am, take it or leave it. I know I am not just a lesbian – I have a boyfriend – but all of my friends are in this community.

Sure, Gaga says she doesn’t need to take a publicity tour of Cunnilingusberg, USA to prove anything, but considering what a stunt queen (and that’s a compliment) she’s been while promoting ARTPOP, is it that far-fetched to think that she’d do it anyway then call it performance art?

Naturally, it’ll only be a few seconds into said performance before some queen gets up and starts shouting about how Madonna did it first. And with Naomi Campbell. You just can’t please everyone. But you can read the whole interview with Lady Gaga in Attitude, out today in the UK and available via app in the iTunes store.