Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” bore a certain resemblance to Madonna’s "Express Yourself,” which some critics called “homage,” and others less charitably called “theft.” Madonna herself weighed in with a jab or two, at one point playing a mashup of the two songs on her current tour before ending with “She’s not me.”
Gaga apparently took notice. Madonna told an American audience on Sunday that Gaga refused to join her for a performance, a rare snub for Madge from a younger star picking up the pop mantle. “It's OK,” she claimed to the crowd. “I've been rejected before. It builds a little character.” Gaga has declined to engage publicly in the soap opera.
In other, perhaps more important news, Gaga also announced this week that she would donate $1 million in Hurricane Sandy relief to the Red Cross in her native New York.