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Monday, January 22, 2018

Hello Dolly! Wins An ATRIOS Award

The annual Artios Awards (named for the Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted”) are given to Casting Society of America members using the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. CAA’s Kevin Huvane, filmmaker Barry Levinson and casting director Victoria Thomas also were honored at the event. The awards were handed out in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York, with Tig Notaro hosting at the Beverly Hilton and Bridget Everett serving as host at New York’s Stage 48. Feature Film Big Budget – Drama Dunkirk (WINNER) John Papsidera Baby Driver Francine Maisler Meagan Lewis (Location Casting) Detroit Victoria Thomas Richard Hicks (New York Casting) Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting) Scotty Anderson (Associate) The Post Ellen Lewis Rori Bergman Kate Sprance (Associate) Karlee Fomalont (Associate) Wonder Woman Lora Kennedy Kristy Carlson Lucinda Syson Jeanette Benzie (Associate) Feature Film Big Budget – Comedy The Greatest Showman (WINNER) Bernard Telsey Tiffany Little Canfield Rori Bergman (Additional Casting) Patrick Goodwin (Associate) Beauty and the Beast Lucy Bevan Bernard Telsey Tiffany Little Canfield Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sarah Halley Finn Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Logan Lucky Carmen Cuba Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Charley Medigovich (Associate) Wonder Deborah Aquila Tricia Wood Kara Eide (Location Casting) -+Kris Woz (Location Casting) Feature Film, Studio or Independent – Drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER) Sarah Halley Finn Meagan Lewis (Location Casting) Hannah Cooper (Associate) Gifted David Rubin Jackie Burch (Location Casting) Melissa Pryor (Associate) The Florida Project Carmen Cuba Mark Mullen (Location Casting) The Shape of Water Robin D. Cook Jonathan Oliveira (Associate) Split Douglas Aibel Diane Heery (Location Casting) Jason Loftus (Location Casting) Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate) Feature Film, Studio or Independent – Comedy ‘Lady Bird’ ‘Lady Bird’ Courtesy of A24 Lady Bird (WINNER) Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths Battle of the Sexes Justine Arteta Kim Davis-Wagner Get Out Terri Taylor Elizabeth Coulon (Location Casting) Sarah Domeier (Associate) Girls Trip Mary Vernieu Michelle Wade Byrd Elizabeth Coulon (Location Casting) I, Tonya Mary Vernieu Lindsay Graham Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) The Disaster Artist Rich Delia Feature Film Low Budget – Comedy or Drama ‘Beach Rats’ ‘Beach Rats’ Courtesy of Sundance Beach Rats (WINNER) Susan Shopmaker Crown Heights Avy Kaufman It Comes at Night Avy Kaufman My Cousin Rachel Fiona Weir To the Bone Rich Delia Feature Film Animation Coco (WINNER) Keven Reher Natalie Lyon Carla Hool Cars 3 Kevin Reher Natalie Lyon The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Linda Lamontagne Rock Dog Jen Rudin Television Pilot & First Season — Comedy Atlanta (WINNER) Alexa L. Fogel Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Kathryn Zamora-Benson (Associate) Better Things Felicia Fasano Tara Nostramo (Associate) Dear White People Kim Coleman I Love Dick Eyde Belasco Insecure Victoria Thomas Television Pilot & First Season — Drama The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER) Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Russell Scott Robin D. Cook (Location Casting) Jonathan Oliveira (Associate) 13 Reasons Why Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Barbara Fiorentino Nina Henninger (Location Casting) Joey Montenarello (Associate) Terese Classen (Associate) The Crown Nina Gold, Robert Sterne This Is Us Bernard Telsey, Tiffany Little Canfield, Josh Einsohn Ryan Bernard Tymensky (Associate) Stranger Things Carmen Cuba Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Wittney Horton (Associate) Westworld John Papsidera Deanna Brigidi (Associate) Television Series — Comedy Veep (WINNER) Dorian Frankel, Sibby Kirchgessner Marlise Gunzenhauser (Associate) Black-ish Alexis Frank Koczara Christine Smith Shevchenko Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Felicia Fasano, Venus Kanani Tara Nostramo (Associate) Girls Jennifer Eustons Transparent Eyde Belasco Silicon Valley Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera Hallman, Leslie Woo Television Series — Drama Black Mirror (WINNER) Jina Jay Henry Russell Bergstein (Location Casting) Bloodline Debra Zane, Shayna Markowitz Lori Wyman (Location Casting) Marie-Therese Verbruggen (Associate) Erin Fragetta (Associate) Homeland Judy Henderson Kimberly Graham (Associate) The Affair Ross Meyerson, Julie Tucker The Americans Rori Bergman

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2 Articles Take On Lady Gaga And The Tactics Of The Little Monsters

Mister D: I’ll open this up with a snippet from another article from the Huffington Post: “It might sound like Bette is joking but believe me many a true thing is said in anger,” a friend of Midler’s tells me. “She’s fed up of these younger stars coming forward and stealing her act. To this day she regrets never saying anything in the early 80’s when Madonna replaced her as the queen of vulgar without ever crediting her. Now she’s had enough and needed to speak out. If it wasn’t for Bette there would be no Madonna and if it wasn’t for Madonna we would have no Lady Gaga.” At least Gaga is ‘borrowing’ from the best! Source: http://huff.to/nJTCrj

( Bette Midler and Madonna on stage together at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles – September 7, 1990 – APLA (AIDS Project Los Angeles) benefit.)

OMG Madonna Disses Lady Gaga Again – Other Celebs Who Don’t Like the Singer By Koty Neelis | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Mon, Jul 23, 2012 11:29 AM PDT Madge is at it again. The legendary pop singer is taking digs at Lady Gaga once more, this time in a Brazilian interview. “I’m a really big fan of Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way,'” Madonna said. “I’m glad I helped Gaga write it.” The snide comment was originally caught on video and posted to YouTube but has since been removed. Madonna has made several negative comments regarding Lady Gaga over the years and even more so when “Born This Way” was released due to its similarity to the icon’s hit song “Express Yourself.” “I thought [when I heard ‘Born This Way’], this is a wonderful way to redo my song [‘Express Yourself’]. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was…interesting,” she said earlier this year. The pop diva isn’t the only one who isn’t feeling Gaga’s get up. Several other celebrities have expressed their distaste for the over the top performer. Marilyn Manson When Gaga first came out critics said she was a marketing creation influenced by Marilyn Manson and Madonna due to her infusion of pop music and shock and scare tactics in her music and performances. Manson wasn’t too pleased with being compared to the singer, even though the two have worked in the studio together on one of Gaga’s remixes. “I’m starting to feel that people are saying I’m Lady Gaga and also that Jesse James woman. I’m starting to feel insulted, ’cause I don’t want to look like either one of them,” he said. We can definitely see the freaky similarities. Would you want to be compared to Lady Gaga? Michel Gondry Legendary film maker and music video director Michel Gondry dismissed Gaga’s talent when asked about her two years ago. Michel has made videos for everyone from Bjork to The White Stripes and even The Rolling Stones. It doesn’t look like Gondry will be lining up to work with the pop singer anytime soon. “I’m not interested. To me it’s like a form of Marilyn Manson. It’s hard for me to talk about it; I’ve seen a couple of videos of hers, and not for very long,” he said. “I stop watching them each time because I don’t think there’s melodies. I’m sorry to be negative. Like I’m not a big fan of Madonna. I respect her very much, but unfortunately the videos didn’t help the music in the long run. Well, I guess it helped it to survive to the point where the video was irrelevant. So music has to find its own way, which is good for the music. I compare it to Marilyn Manson. The music to me is very expected,” he continued. Bette Midler Bette Midler is one legendary Hollywood diva you shouldn’t mess with and she’s probably the last person whose toes you want to step on. Bette took to Twitter in summer 2011 to vent her Gaga frustrations after Gaga was seen performing her “Mermaid in a Wheelchair” act on stage. “I’m not sure @ladygaga knows that I’ve performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people — and many of them are still alive…” Bette tweeted last summer. The next day she continued her disdain for Gaga’s performance. “Dear @ladygaga if you think a mermaid in a wheelchair seems familiar-it’s because it is!You can see it on youtube 24/7-with ME performing. Gaga went on to claim to “Access Hollywood” she wasn’t aware of Bette’s on stage mermaid routine. “I had no idea that she did that and I’m a huge Bette Midler fan,” she said. Do you think Lady Gaga is an original musician or is she copying styles from those before her? Sound off! Note:This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network here to start publishing your own articles.
The Huffington Post (Golden) Material Girl By Larry Womack Posted: 07/24/2012 10:08 pm Did you hear that Madonna — desperate for attention and clearly irrelevant — waved guns on stage in Scotland, just hours after people were actually shot in Colorado? Shockingly insensitive, I know. Did you also hear that a major motion picture in which gun violence is a recurring theme proceeded with its opening in over four thousand theaters in the United States alone this weekend, and that it is also the movie people were actually killed at? Probably, but that story wasn’t presented the same way. Nor should it be. If anything, changing these diversions would deepen their association with a form of horrific, real-life violence that clearly neither one endorses. Over 100 people were killed in a wave of bombings across Iraq yesterday, by the way. Anyone catch the shocker headline, “Michael Bay Not Retiring”? Neither did I. Hating Madonna has been an international sport for decades now, but I seem to remember a higher class of criticism in the past — and that’s saying something. It even seemed to go away for a while, until she decided to get all old in our faces. 
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lady Gaga: Not Again! Say It Ain’t So!

E Online Not Again! Did Jo Calderone—Er, Lady Gaga—Rip Off Annie Lennox‘s Gender-Bending Past?! Today 7:39 AM PDT by GINA SERPE Photo: Annie Lennox (1984) and Lady Gaga (2011) Oh, boy. In what’s become something of a trend this year, the proverbial finger has once again been pointed at Lady Gaga over claims that her innovative and inspired VMA performance art was, well, neither, and instead a blatant rip-off of another artist’s shtick. The victim of her supposed imitation this time around? Believe it or not, Madonna Bette Midler Annie Lennox. Just as interesting, however, is her main accuser: none other than our own Kelly Osbourne. The Fashion Policer was watching and live tweeting her way through the MTV show Sunday night, and, as one would, felt the need to comment on Lady Gaga’s gender-bending Jo Calderone act. She started off complimentary enough, tweeting at the start of the show, “The reactions to @ladygaga is one of the best things I have ever seen in my life what a brave lady!” However, later that night after the show, which Kelly called “the best VMAs I have seen in years”—and perhaps after a bit of Googling—she returned to the subject of Gaga’s performance. “I love lady gaga but i wish she would start giving credit where credit is due! Example…” she tweeted, linking to a video of a nearly three-decade-old clip of Annie Lennox performing “Sweet Dreams”—and looking basically identical to Jo Calderone. “1984 PEOPLE!” Osbourne added. The criticism was matched equally with those agreeing with Kelly’s assessment and, of course, with Little Monster pouring out of the Twitter woodwork to slam Kelly for daring to float such an accusation against Mother Monster‘s alter ego. Kelly, however, let the criticism roll off her back—that is, after pointing out another of Gaga’s alleged influencers…Kelly herself! When someone hit out at Osbourne for not giving her Ladyship the proper due for her own flirtation with lavender hair (a bandwagon, incidentally, that Katy Perry just jumped onboard), Kelly clarified exactly what the chain of events was on the follicular hue. “Oh sweetie pie i did it first…but thats ok I consider it a compliment it means we have similar taste :)” Not on this topic, we’re guessing. For her part, Gaga hasn’t yet commented on this latest round of identity theft accusations, but yesterday did send out a tweet thanking her Monsters “for supporting @jocalderone attending instead of myself. He came over last night with 2 moonmen, whiskey + we watched VMAs.” Of course, being accused of, shall we say, liberally borrowing from stars of the past is nothing new in Gaga’s world. Earlier this year, the newly-hatched superstar had egg all over her face over widespread claims that “Born This Way” was more or less Madonna’s “Express Yourself” for a new generation. Then came her mermaid (what? Like you don’t have one?) alter ego Yuki, who appeared onstage in a wheelchair (in fairness, how else was she supposed to move around onstage with that fin), and back came cries of rip-offs from Bette Midler, who, believe it or not, had gone the mermaid-in-a-wheelchair route years ago onstage. And just this month, Gaga was sued by an unknown Chicago songwriter, who claims she used bits of their song in “Judas” without properly crediting (or, more to the point, paying). But it’s not just a one-way street. The Little Monsters were up in arms last month, when Katy Perry posted a picture of herself in a mermaid outfit, planking, drawing cries that she had ripped off Gaga. Eh, what goes around comes around?
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Concerning Lady Gaga, Madonna Tells Bette To Let It Go

Star Magazine Stargazing Malene Arpe July 25, 2011 Bette Midler accuses Lady Gaga of stealing her famous mermaid-in-a-wheelchair act Says Madonna, “Just let it go.”
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Others Lady Gaga Has Been Accused Of Copying Besides Bette!

OMG! Bette Midler is One of Many Artists Lady Gaga Has Been Accused of Copying By Aida Ekberg, Yahoo! Contributor Network – July 22, 2011 8:46 PM PDT Bette Midler was not going to let Lady Gaga get away with copying her ol’ mermaid-in-a-wheelchair act, so she took to Twitter to let the pop princess know that she’s the queen of the sea. Fortunately, this fishy feud ended with Midler inviting Gaga to have a drink with her at the Emmys. However, Bette is just one of many artists that Mama Monster has been accused of copying over the years. Here’s a quick rundown of a few other musicians she may have borrowed from: Grace Jones This model/musician has been especially annoyed by the Lady’s quirky looks. She seems to believe that the superstar has stolen her signature style that includes hoods, hats, collars, and other kooky costume-ish pieces of clothing, so when asked how she feels about Gaga, Grace was rather gruff. She said of the singer, “I’ve seen some things she’s worn that I’ve worn, and that does kind of piss me off.” Jones also turned down Gaga’s offer to collaborate with her and even said that she would not go watch her in concert (ouch!). Kylie Minogue This Aussie star also thinks that Mama Monster has looked to her for inspiration in the past, saying of her influence on the “Born This Way” singer, “I set the benchmark for Gaga. We’ve done it before, with all our creative shows, and now the new artists are following us.” However, she was more gracious than Grace, saying that she’s inspired by Gaga and loves what she does (so perhaps there’s a chance that Aphrodite and Yuyi the mermaid will collaborate someday). Roisin Murphy In 2009 this Irish singer accused Gaga of stealing her look, saying of their similarities, “Lady Gaga is just a poor imitation of me. She has copied my style.” She really did seem to have a point — side-by-side photos of the musicians show them sporting strikingly similar mirror-covered headgear, nearly-identical blonde wigs, and other comparable pieces of clothing. Unfortunately for Roisin, it’s safe to say that a lot more people are aware of Gaga’s fantastical fashions. Madonna Mama Monster was accused of stealing this ambitious blonde’s musical style earlier this year when she released her single “Born This Way,” which did bear more than a passing resemblance to Madge‘s hit song “Express Yourself.” However, the Lady took the high road, calling plagiarism accusations “retarded.” (Using that word is definitely not the best way to express yourself, Gaga.) Lina Morgana According to a grieving mother, Gaga even stole from her dead daughter. Once upon a time before she was the biggest pop star in the world, Stefani Germanotta worked with Lina on a few songs. The aspiring artist sadly committed suicide at age 19, and Morgana’s mother believes that Gaga stole her look and story to become a star. She said of Germanotta, “Every other word she says is from Lina. She talks about having a dark and tragic life, but she had everything she wanted in the world. She went to [the same] high school as Nicky Hilton, her parents were rich. But Lina did have a tough life, and she often talked about her tragic life.” She also seems to believe that Gaga is holding on to Lina’s soul and needs to set it free (so sad!). So what say you, readers? Do you think Gaga is really stealing from so many different stars, or is it just a coincidence when some of her strange style choices turn out to be similar to something someone else has worn before? And are other artists just jealous of Mama Monster’s popularity? Sound off in the comments!
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Monday, July 18, 2011

‘Mermaidgate’ Goes International;Bette Offers Olive Branch;Gaga’s Silent;Little Monsters In Denial

Mister D: There’s not much to add to all the posts I’ve already made. The majority of publications, of course, are saying Bette wins the mermaid challenge. However, there is discrepancy as to whether Gaga knew what she was doing (did she not know about Delores Delago, was it an unspoken homage, or just a blatant rip-off). And GaGa and Bette fans are the ones battling it out. Although we have the truth on our side as to who was first, the little monsters just don’t seem to care about history or legacy….it’s really not worth arguing with them. Gaga’s their Queen and Bette is ours. I’d like to share two well written comments with you. Hope the author’s don’t mind: Ron:

This “tiff” is creating quite a stir. It’s now on the front page of AOL with a story on Huffington Post’s showbiz section: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/18/bette-midler-lady-gaga-wheelchair-mermaid-fight_n_901453.html I think Bette has really shown class with her last tweet of reconciliation: “let’s have a drink together at the Emmy’s….mermaids can coexist”.. Having read numerous blogs on the topic, the controversy is definitely mixed: Gaga fans saying Bette is over the hill and needs to retire and make room for the younger generation, and Bette fans saying Gaga stole her act (very true–Gaga was also accused of stealing a Madonna song as well–so much for the originality!). I have to agree with the blogger that said at minimum Gaga should apologize to Bette for the intentional plagiarism. Also, it would have been a nice gesture on Gaga’s part to acknowledge Bette for the mermaid/wheelchair bit. A “tip of the hat” to Bette, would have been the appropriate thing for Gaga to do–but then that would require that Gaga was a “Lady”. It’s not too late for Gaga to do so. All she has to tweet is: “I’ve always been a huge admirer of Bette’s, and my mermaid/wheelchair bit is my way of paying homage to one of the greatest singer/actor/comediennes of all time–Bette Midler”. It really is time that people start crediting Bette for paving the way for their successes. Demonstrating admiration and tribute to someone can only enhance one’s reputation. Show a little class, Gaga, and share some of the credit.


Divine Grace: Bette Midler “opened the door for trashy singers with bad taste and big tits”…and fins. I’m a Lady Gaga fan but am having to eat some serious crow here after defending her during the “Express Yourself”/ “Born This Way” chord progression clone wars. There’s nothing left out there that’s truly original; I get that. But Lady Gaga isn’t even trying to make her art look like her own anymore. I half expect her to start wearing a single rhinestone glove and moonwalking any day now. She’s a gifted musician but people are going to stop paying attention to her art if she keeps painting with other artists’ colors. ...  Read More

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Divas And The Cheese Factor

Quad-Cities Online Lady Gaga isn’t the first diva to cut the cheese By Hunter Hauk March 13, 2011 Singer Lady Gaga performs in concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York in January 2010. Lady Gaga is back, touring with her Monster Ball extravaganza. This time, she’s armed with a much-talked-about new single, “Born This Way,” which is sure to be a highlight of her updated set list. We’ve seen her Grammy performance and off-the-wall music video, and we’ve debated the song’s possibly purposeful aping of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” But how does it compare — in effectiveness and cheesiness — to other self-empowerment anthems that have come before it? Read on. – Katy Perry, “Firework” The message: Within all of us, there’s a spark that can grow into a magnificent firework, or whatever. How it’s delivered: In melodramatic fashion. A bouncy, life-affirming string section backs Perry as she sings/bellows lyrical metaphors. Key lyric: “You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine / Just own the night like the Fourth of July.” Effective? Depends on who’s listening. If you’re a kid having a hard time of it at school, you can find hope in the simple message. A grown-up fighting a long-term funk might need something more nuanced. Cheese factor: Mild cheddar – Mariah Carey, “Hero” The message: Before you lose all hope, look to yourself to save, uh, yourself. How it’s delivered: In a saccharine piano ballad, with vocal runs around every corner. Key lyric: “You can find love if you search within yourself / And the emptiness you felt will disappear.” Effective? It can be. But you can’t listen to it in the presence of other people. Ever. It’s an empowerment anthem, but strictly a headphones-behind-closed-doors empowerment anthem. Cheese factor: Velveeta, melted. – Whitney Houston, “Greatest Love of All” The message: The children, who are our future, need to learn to love themselves. It’s the greatest love of … yeah, you get it. How it’s delivered: In a soft, pleasing melody with a comfortably familiar lyric. And Whitney’s vocal isn’t too over the top when compared to, say, “I Will Always Love You.” Key lyric: “No matter what they take from me / They can’t take away my dignity.” Effective? Oh yeah. As much as it’s been used for humorous effect in pop culture (“Coming to America,” “American Psycho”), its chorus still packs an emotional punch. Cheese factor: Philadelphia cream. Indulgent, but oh, so good. – Bette Midler, “The Rose” The message: Don’t let fear keep you from living, loving and … wait for it … blooming. How it’s delivered: In a simple, hymn-like ballad with a nice dramatic arc in the middle. Key lyric: “It’s the heart, afraid of breaking / That never learns to dance.” Effective? Yeah, if you’ve actually heard it (it did come out 32 years ago). It’s got the ’70s, up-with-people vibe, but it’s among the more poetic love-yourself tunes. Cheese factor: Subtly rich gouda – Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance” The message: Here’s some advice, kids: Don’t sit it out. Dance, dammit! How it’s delivered: With a slightly twangy country voice, over a string-laden adult contempo track. Key lyric: “Don’t let some hellbent heart leave you bitter/When you come close to selling out, reconsider.” Effective? Parents are likely to feel it a little deeper than single people, if only because it reflects the kind of wishes one would have for his or her offspring. But, trite or not, it’s full of advice worth taking. And loving might be a mistake, but it’s worth making. (Sorry, had to.) Cheese factor: Cracker Barrel White Colby – Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive” The message: Save your love for someone who’ll treat you with respect. How it’s delivered: With disco-era defiance and one of the most memorable first verses ever (“First I was afraid, I was petrified …”) Key lyric: “But I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong / I grew strong, I learned how to get along.” Effective? Damn straight. There aren’t many who haven’t surrendered to at least the idea of this song after a bad relationship led them to Dumpsville. Cheese factor: Sharp cheddar – Madonna, “Express Yourself” The message: If you can’t communicate with your lover, you’re better (baby) on your own. How it’s delivered: With a crisp, Shep Pettibone beat and soulful vocal vamping by a top-form Madonna. Key lyric: “Don’t go for second best, baby / Put your love to the test / Make him express how he feels / And baby, then you’ll know your love is real.” Effective? The effectivest. The words are powerful if you’re not too busy dancing with your hands above your head to hear them. Cheese factor: Funky limburger, in the best way – Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” The message: Accept yourself, no matter whom you love or what you look like. Oh, and being a queen is preferable to being a drag. How it’s delivered: With a thumping, chaotic dance track, an undeniable chorus breakdown (“Ooh there ain’t no other way …”) and a complete disregard for lyrical subtlety. Key lyric: “Don’t hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you’re set / I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way.” Effective? Say what you will about “Born This Way” borrowing themes and song structures from other empowerment anthems. It’s still damn near impossible to extract the melody from the earworm farm in your brain. That’s Gaga’s gift. Cheese factor: Blue. A little tough to take at first, but you eventually embrace it.
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