“This is a wonderful way to redo my song. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was… interesting.” Madonna on the striking similarities between Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Madonna’s Express Yourself.
Perhaps it’s because I’m feeling extra emotional lately, but Glee’s most recent episode pulled on my heartstrings. The show’s theme was Lady Gaga’s song, Born This Way, and the story began with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) wanting a nose job. In real life, Lea Michele has been very vocal about her opposition to changing her nose, and I’ve called her my personal hero because of it. I figure us big-schnozed Jews have to stick together, and it certainly helps when one of those schnozes is famous. Watch a clip from the show below to see Lea Michele and Dianna Agron sing a mash-up of Pretty/Unpretty.
I won’t spend too much time on this, since I don’t think it’s even up for debate whether Lady Gaga ripped off Madonna. Just listen to the two songs below and judge for yourself. If you don’t think Born this Way is just a remix of Madonna’s Express Yourself, then I’d tell you to get your ears checked. This isn’t the first time Gaga has been accused of ripping someone off — remember her Ace of Base song? Enjoy the songs below.