Extract of M.I.A. article from The New York Times

M.I.A. speaks on why Lady Gaga will never be the new Madonna says nice things about Madonna...
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Taken from an article from The New York Times:

“With our video [Born Free], we were really copying ‘Telephone,’ ” Maya says now, referring to Gaga’s recent video with Beyoncé. “Both our videos are road movies. We kill people, and they kill people. They start out in a prison, and we start out in a squat, hunting people down.” Maya zipped her lips again. “I can’t talk about Gaga anymore,” she said. “All I’ll say is, it’s upsetting when babies say ga-ga now. It used to be innocent. Now, they’re calling her name.”

Maya feels that Gaga is not original, that she mostly borrows from the Abba playbook, and she gets annoyed when Gaga is compared to Madonna. “You can’t really say that Gaga is culturally a change,” Maya said. “Madonna was truly unique. Madonna is the one. She did amazing songs. She had an amazing sense of style, without a stylist. And she was flawed, and sometimes she admitted it. I’ll fight the fight for Madonna. I think she should send me some chocolates or something to thank me.”

ETA: Maya didn't say the bit about popstars needing to be pretty (seemingly a snide remark towards Gaga in context), it was actually the director of Born Free. Honest mistake~ when I was editing it into one quote, sorry.

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