The NME has managed something of a genuine scoop this week, with Lady GaGa taking to their pages and, in the process, describing comparisons between Madonna and herself as "retarded".
Now, obviously she would want to have tried to shake off the impression that she's just imperial-phase Madonna but with added Twitter, just as desperately as plantains bristle at being described as "nothing more than a husky banana", but "retarded"? Really?
Having accidentally kicked up a storm, GaGa Inc has tried to calm things down by issuing a statement through the august offices of Perez Hilton. (Yes, it's still going.)
I consider it part of my life's work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance.She hasn't actually said sorry for tossing the word "retarded" round like a bully in a playground, you'll note. And she's desperate for us to understand that, why, she only said a terrible thing because she's so honest.
My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional.
An honest mistake, requires honesty to make.
Whether life's disabilities, left you outcast bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today.
Why, using "retarded" as a term of abuse is just because she's honest.
Hold on... what?
This statement does appear to boil down to saying "I spoke unguardedly, but it's only because I am so full of truth and so edgy I've said something that I shouldn't. Love yourself."
I think the crappy attempt to try and shore herself up is way more insulting than her original insult.
In more gathering gloom for GaGa Industries, the Guardian reports growing discontent at her self-appointed status as She Who Speaks For Gays:
But as the world lived with Born This Way, a deeper disquiet began to emerge, and the heavy-handed way that the song assumed stewardship of an entire portion of humanity began to breed real resentment, from the forums to the dancefloor to the word on the street. Fact of matter: most gay people don't consider themselves to be freaks and outsiders, as is suggested in the lyrics, but perfectly normal people whose sexual orientation just happens to be wired a certain way.Perhaps they should, you know, rejoice and love themselves today.