Over five years after their feud began (and should've ended) Lady Gaga is name-checking Madonna again to help hype her Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two.
This feud is so dead it would need carbon-dating to be positively IDed, but the way I see it — Gaga's song sounded a fuck of a lot like Madonna's, Gaga got defensive about that when the world at large took note, and she lied (that Madonna had emailed her her blessings, that the song had been inspired by Whitney Houston) — and then Madonna got really catty. Then they moved on. Or should have.
But now we know the full quote Gaga gives in her doc about Madonna, and it appears she is jonesing for more ...
Gaga says of Madonna:
The thing with me and Madonna is that I admired her always and still admire her, no matter what she might think of me. The only thing that really bothers me about her is [that] I’m Italian and from New York, so if I have a problem with somebody, I’m gonna tell you to your face. She wouldn’t look me in the eye and tell me I’m reductive. I just want Madonna to push me up against the wall and kiss me and tell me I’m a piece of shit.
That's an expertly passive-aggressive quote, but it also bears no resemblance to the quotes Little Monsters were circulating last week, claiming Gaga says in the film that Madonna humiliated her when she was at her lowest and most depressed. I've gotten several really, really sad emails over that rumor, the typical Little Monster stuff, dripping with AIDS slurs.
I wish I could feel confident that Madonna would shut this down definitively, but she'll probably react. Or maybe she's too busy having a life in Portugal. We'll see. On the other hand, in response to Gaga's invitation to Madonna, asking her to call Mother Monster a piece of shit after kissing her, perhaps Madonna could reply, “It's a date.”
Gaga: Five Foot Two — which, at least in clips, seems to owe a debt to Madonna: Truth or Dare — is available on Netflix starting September 22.