Lady Gaga apologizes for using the word 'retarded'
Lady Gaga has fired back at people outraged over her use of the word "retarded" in an interview with NME, saying she's sorry in a way we're not used to hearing from celebrities these days: She actually says she's sorry.
"I consider it part of my life's work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance. My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional," she said in a statement to Perez Hilton. "An honest mistake, requires honesty to make. Whether life's disabilities, left you outcast bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today." OKay, that last part is cheating, because those are lyrics from Born This Way, but imagine that -- she actually said "my apologies" and not just some dithering nonsense like "I'm sorry if anyone was offended." How novel.
The quote came out when Gaga told NME she was angry critics are saying Born This Way rips off Madonna's Express Yourself: "I'm a songwriter," she said. "I've written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I'm getting one over on everybody? That's retarded. What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about." Um, well, have you listened to the rest of Like a Prayer? If a song that sounds like Cherish or Oh Father comes out, we're gonna get suspicious.