Lady Gaga calls Madonna rip-off suggestions ‘retarded’

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Singer dismisses 'Express Yourself' comparison in this week's NME

Lady Gaga has described accusations that she has copied Madonna‘s 1989 track ‘Express Yourself’ in her single ‘Born This Way’ as “retarded”.

Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, available to buy online now and in shops nationwide, the singer dismissed the suggestion as “moronic”.

She said that she believed the only similarity between the two songs are “the chord progression. The same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years.”

She added: “I am not stupid enough to put a record out and be that moronic. Why would I try to put a song out and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s retarded.”

The singer’s comments have been criticised by mental health charity Mencap, who told The Sun that her use of the word “retarded” was a “slur” against people with learning disabilities.

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