Gaga's sorry she called Madonna comparisons 'retarded'
April 21st, 2011
04:25 PM ET

Gaga's sorry she called Madonna comparisons 'retarded'

Mother Monster Lady Gaga made a faux paw when she let the “R” word slip during an interview with NME magazine.

The 25-year-old was firing back at accusations that her song “Born This Way” is a rip-off of Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” saying, “I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s retarded.”

That's not all:

"If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression," Gaga told NME. "It's the same one that's been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I'm the first f-–ing artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn't mean I'm a plaigarist, it means I'm f-–ing smart. Sorry."

But, as Jennifer Aniston learned last year, dropping the “R” word is not OK, and Gaga’s since apologized.

"I consider it part of my life's work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance,” Gaga told CNN in a statement. “My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional.”

She continues, “An honest mistake, requires honesty to make. Whether life's disabilities, left you outcast bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today."

Filed under: Lady Gaga • Music

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    April 15, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. jaycool

    People... you are all way too sensitive:

    Retarded – characterized by retardation...

       /ˌritɑrˈdeɪʃən/ [ree-tahr-dey-shuhn]
    the act of retarding or state of being retarded.
    something that retards; hindrance.
    slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc.
    Music . a form of suspension that is resolved upward.


    get over it.. they are WORDS people. you ALL FAIL!

    May 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lady Dee-Dee-Dee

    April 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Erik

    Who cares what Gaga says or does? She is no lady, and has a lot of growing up to do.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. diao;

    retard retard retard retard retard retard reeeeettard rrettard a retard is someone who has below anything iq look it up retards

    April 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. dylan

    It's retarded that we are so sensitive a word used in an obviously no-offensive manner. GET A CLUE AMERICA...DON'T BE SO DIMWITTED!

    April 23, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. nessly

    I love the song.. n Wut ever happened ta the words freedom of speech...!! That has never been a such in this land of the free.. we r stil prisoners...

    April 23, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. MichaelEdits

    This is a very good example of how a person should react to his or her own mistakes. Lady Gaga admitted it and apologized, maturely. You know, I might actually have to listen to her music.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    The term retard is perfectly acceptable and anyone who thinks otherwise or thinks its use warrants an apology is retarded

    April 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank Mondana

    She called the charge "retarded". She did not say "the person who said that is retarded". Retarded is a perfectly fine word to use when not being used as an insult towards any person or group.
    Therefore, This over reaction is retarded. Meaning that it is behind and/or less than a proper forward thinking opinion.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pilo

    George Singapore bush was a retard and he was president.... :S

    April 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Archie Bunker

    This story is RETARDED!

    April 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john smith

    Only really RETARDED people would be bothered by this.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. M

    Edit-check: faux pas, not faux paw!

    April 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pflo

    Whats the big deal ?? "Retarded" means slowed or delayed. I say it all the time. By the way, her song is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  16. getoverit

    Come on people get over it. It is just a word. We have children starving in our country, and people want to worry about a word. If you child is different not using the word will not make their situation any different. Lets worry about important things....get over it!!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. kaylee

    I would love to point out that she did that to be hurtful....not! Good god you people need lifesIitguntt

    April 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Laurie

    For those saying we can't tell you what words to use – duh. Nobody is saying what you can and can't use. You can use the "r" word", you can use the "n" word, you can use the "b" word,, you can use the "c" word. It's America, you have freedom of speech and you can use any word you want. BUT, if you use an offensive word, such as the "r" word, be prepared for others to think less of you – that is my right. If you want to use a word that people with cognitive disabilities and their loved ones have told you hurts them deeply (as it is always used to mean stupid or hapless), then be that mean, uncaring person and go to it, but don't expect for me to sit silently by and say it's socially acceptable just because it's your American right. I will stand up for my daughter with Down syndrome who is offended by the word, whether you think she should be or not is irrelevant to me. I think you are mean, selfish and offensive.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Annlisa

    Who cares what lady gaga said about madonna its true. Modanna sucks. I beleave that peple can say crap about any body and have their freedom of speech. There waz no reason for lady gaga to say sorry.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Annlisa

    Who cares what lady gaga said about madonna its true. Modanna sucks. I beleave that peple can say crap abot any body and have their freedom of speech. There waz no reason for lady gaga to say sorry.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jimmy

    As I look at the 800 posts on this article I can't help but think how much time was wasted posting our 2 cents. Our time would be better spent doing anything else. Quit worrying about what a celeb says and do something that has meaning instead of sitting in front of a computer. My self included

    April 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jimmy

    As I look at the 800 posts on this article I can't help but think how much time was wasted posting our 2 cents. Our time would be better spent doing anything else. Quit worring about what a celeb says and do something that has meaning instead of sitting in front of a comuter. My self incuded

    April 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dale

    It must give some people such gratification to be conformist to PC values. Can you live your life without seeking someones approval as a weak, subordinate? Last time I checked the word "retarded" it isn't in the dictionary as slang or with negative connotation although it can be used in such a way (but many words can). Hyper-sensitive people who have wanted to propagate their beliefs and ideals in order to adjust the world around them need to keep it contained, remove your bumper stickers, and mind your business.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. chief

    I think it should be OK for Lady Gaga to use the "r word" because, really, look at how she carries herself. She has to be at least somewhat mentally challenged.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Steve Gaynor

    It is a rip-off of 'Express Yourself'. The parts that are not are a rip-oof of 'Vogue'.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mike

    there should not be any "__ – word" in a free country, where free speech is valued. NO exceptions. Censorship is alive and well in WUSA.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • chief

      Mike – Freedom of Speach means that the gov't cannot pass laws to repress the free exercise thereof. It does not mean that you cannot say whatever you want withouth consequences. Yes, Lady Gaga can drop the r bomb if she so chooses. It does not mean, however, that she does not have to pay the consequences of doing so.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. starr

    Whatever. Gaga is SO retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. tiger

    People say that word on a daily basis and Black Eyed Peas has a song where their singing "Let's get retarded" and that's ok but everyone wants to make a big deal when she says the word I mean let's get real ppl

    April 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Judy2010

    who cares what this half-wit is sorry or not sorry she said or ripped off? retard is funny it's not derogatory. Being physically/mentally challenged is not retarded, she is.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  30. tata

    using the word retarded like that is totally gay

    April 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Robert

    She shouldn't have to apologize. Black people can freely use the "N" word without persecution. So she should be able to use the "R" word. If you're part of said group with a designated discriminatory slang word you're allowed to use it. Plain and simple. Black people can say the "n" word because they're black and "she" can say the "r" word because she is ret@rded.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. James

    All that fuss over a word is retarded. Trying to banish a word just gives it more power.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Bored Now

    Wow...the intelligence levels on this board are astounding! It's JUST a word? Have you ever heard the proverb, "The pen is mightier than the sword"? Then you have the people who think that they are oh so clever by posting drivel and poking fun of people with disabilities. It's people like that who are just so pathetic and will never have the ability to see past their own prejudices. I have a son with Down's syndrome and guess what? He's going to college...I wonder if these idiots posting offensive remarks ever attended college. I'm guessing not. It's people like that who make it so much harder for our children with mental disabilities to follow their dreams and accomplish their goals. Our kids have enough obstacles to overcome without these bullies making life so much harder. For those of you making idiotic statements and resorting to immature insults: You would not have survived what my son went through in his life – surgeries, working harder than everyone else just to keep up, being prejudiced against just because he looks different...and yet, I'm fairly certain he's accomplished more than you ever will in your entire life.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  34. BigRotti

    Good job Don!

    April 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Don

    You know whats retarded? that this is even a news story. We have 3, count them 3 wars going on, a deficit that is crippling us, school programs getting cut, health-care for the elderly & children cut..etc...who the hell cares what Lady Gaga says??!!! There is more offensive stuff in the news..turn off the MTV, pick up a newspaper and see whats going on in the real world around you.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  36. BigRotti

    Doesnt anyone have anything nice to say? It is good friday. Be nicer to each other, especially those with dissabilities. Come on yall. Be good!

    April 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  37. jboogyisrealbiiitch

    Ha haaaaaaaa. Internet idiots.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  38. jboogy

    Dr. Kipfer wrote a book called a "thesaurus". A book that might help you people lacking the vocab that have to use hateful words such as retard. Thats why I said google her you idiots. If you were smart youd see that your posts commenting on me are a waste of time. Read a book you ignorant phucks

    April 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboogy fake

      If you were smart, you'd know how to punctuate. If you had a life, you wouldn't be checking back here every two hours to see who's responded to your lame posts. My excuse? It's a slow boring day. Your excuse? Serious mental issues with a dash of narcissism.

      April 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Scott

    Those who truly fall under the definition of "retarded" are not able to understand that the term is describing them.
    No harm, no foul ergo it is ok for everyone to use it.

    (yes, I know some of you have retarded kids / relatives / etc. I care not. The term is a proper descriptive adjective)

    April 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jay

    Lady Gaga was so adamant about repealing DADT and supporting gays, but shows that she is just as bigoted as everyone else with her "retarded" comments.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. humtake

    I actually like Gaga more now that she used retarded as an adjective for something other than retarded people. The Webster definition is: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress. The definition doesn't say only people are retarded. It doesn't limit the word to anything. If someone says something that you think makes them look limited in intellectual development, then the proper word to use would be retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Idahoans are people too


    April 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Nice try Gaga....

    your use of that word shows your lack of talent and having any humane bones in your body.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Alice Ming

    Get over it you are a bunch of retards!!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  45. United States of You Hurt My Feelings

    I'm so sick of this political correctness crap! If anyone uses a term that offends an individual or group they whine about it because it hurts their little feelings. That's the problem with this country now is people have to throw out their emotional baggage and sensitivity to everything they do not agree with. That's why this country has turned from a once proud people to a land full of wusses! Everybody wants to sugarcoat things now to hide their true feelings so as not to hurt the feelings of others. If you don't have the mental makeup to handle certain truths or opinions you are weak-minded. Truths are just what they are and there is not use whining about facts and opinions are just that so why give it a bigger voice; just ignore it. Your moral values are yours and yours alone so don't try and force them on others just like you don't want anybody to force their's on you. Everybody is so focused on using the "R" word (ridiculous by the way) and completely ignoring her use of the "F" word. I'm not saying that's right or wrong but and one point in time everybody would have been up in arms about the use of that word. Just like that time has come and gone so will the age of political correctness.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  46. alice ming

    Thats stupid, She is not forced to apologize after dropping a few F- Words.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  47. shawna

    im no longer a fan.... shes got problems and not much of a role model, very disappointing

    April 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  48. phearis

    I'm sick to death of all the political correctness BS!!! Everyone is offended by something. Ya know what? Grow a pair and get over it!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  49. uncle slomo

    "faux paw" is retarded, baby – unless you mean she has an articficial hand –
    which would means she's "differently abled"

    April 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Tabulous

    No, she should have not used the word but there are bigger things in this world to focus on than some raw meat wearing artist.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  51. John W.

    I'm a Liberal, and I am offended, but it's Lady Gaga, so I will get over it quickly.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jellylee2020

    At least she didn't use the worse synonym "Republican"

    April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  53. rh

    It's sad that people don't have the right to talk anymore.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. common sense

    this is a person who talks about no bullying, acceptance and even has a song called "born is way" and then uses a derogatory word towards the people who really are "born this way". Ha! Sounds one sided to me. Maybe this act is for shock value. Gaga is soooo "G"!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  55. J Fritzl

    A brief glimmer of something remotely resembling a human normality shines through for Gaga, before swiftly being covered by the ridiculous cloud cover of political correctness once more.

    There's a perosn in there somewhere. We need to get it out of that monstrosity.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  56. WeAreNotReal

    People who are PC are retarted. Think about it... I am bored at work today reading retarted news, need to go back to work, I must just be retarted.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Paul

    Wether or not she ripped Madonna off doesn't change the fact that her music isn't any GOOD. And every time I say this some gaga fan retorts that she is "a brilliant pianist" and a "genius musician." I am very aware that she is a very talented musician, but again it doesn't change the fact that the music she releases is worthless.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Couch Potato

    I just farted!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Yogurt

    I got retarded last Friday night, gonna get retarded tonight.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  60. greebo

    "Political correctness can exist only in (as it is the particular tool of) totalitarian oppression. -David Mamet

    April 22, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  61. teepee

    what? republitard? nothing wrong that word...said myself a few times.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  62. Bnakka

    If people act retarded I am sorry I will call them retarded even if someone with hampered psychological abilities is standing next to them. If you call a retarded person "retard" he/she would not even care, why do everyone pick up a group and start acting like they represent the group.

    F*** political correctness. Retard: a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way.

    That qualifies a lot of people. I think the mentally challenged should come up with a new word to describe them if they think they are not retarded as from the meaning they are not so get over it.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  63. Ragincajun

    Well, if retarded is not pc, what about the variations on it like a$$-tarded or motard?

    April 22, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  64. Guester

    When did we all get so sensitive. I bet we have bigger issues than the words a musician uses in an interview.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  65. retard

    this whole article is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  66. dee de dee

    Retarded, retarded, retarded. Who cares. They are just words.
    People are too sensitive. They need to grow up.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  67. Lisa

    Trying to float that the song isn't a rip off is retarded...just own it!

    April 22, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  68. BeckieP

    Oh good grief!! Pretty soon no word will be politically correct. Get over it.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  69. Ricky Retardo

    So, The Leftist PC Police now bans the word "retarded"? Well that's....retarded! Well I'm anti PC because I have the freedom of speech. So I get to say whatever I want. Here I go!

    retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded retarded

    Quit trying to control out thoughs and actions, Big Brother!

    April 22, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |

    Wow everyone needs to stop getting offended over everything that is said! Grow a pair and live with it! In life you are going to get offended or cut down, but you grow from it! With the current way America is going these parents of the younger kids are so afraid their little baby is gonna get hurt that when they leave their sheltered home their going to be in for a shock. Being PC is a huge factor in this, pretty soon we are not going to be able to say anything because it might offend one person. GET OVER IT, learn from it, GROW from it, and most importantly.... MOVE ON.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  71. Hand Banana

    This PC stuff is getting pretty retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  72. the_dude

    Man Gaga doesn't qualify to carry Madonna's jock strap. Just a cheap, poor immatation.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  73. Daniel

    Seriously? You can't say RETARDED now? Give me a break, some people just need to go.... do somethin' RETARDED, because they are in fact, RETARDED. Stop trying to censor the world and conform everyone to thinking like you RETARDS. Dang this is getting REALLY annoying...RETARDS. I know I will be really mad when I hear the next word everyone has been saying for billions of years come under fire. People cant ALWAYS be offending someone, I mean geez. I can't stand Lady GaGa but saying a rumor is retarded is the exact equivalent to saying the rumors are STUPID or DUMB. I mean seriously. People really need to grow up a little more. RETARDS.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  74. Emvaz

    What's retarded is that these so-called "artists" rehash and recycle the same garbage pop music from 10, 20, 30 years ago, while you fools lap it all up.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |

    Get over it you Retards. It's JUST a WORD.....

    April 22, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  76. Eric

    Carlos Mencia had it right. It's not "retarded" as in you have an actual mental (or physical) handicap. It's "retarded" as in you're a moron.

    This over-the-top political correctness crap really needs to stop. Whatever happened to teaching kids "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me"? Now it's "I'm going to sue you if you call me a name."

    April 22, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  77. Tom in Texas

    I don't care for Gaga's music, but she said nothing wrong!

    April 22, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  78. landru

    And let me reiterate...I'd hit that.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  79. Palintwit

    I thought she was talking about Sarah Palin's kid... Trig-tard.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom in Texas

      Real brave, picking on a baby. You are certainly the twit however.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  80. Sean

    Retarded is a word, and a valid word with a great definition and a nice beat you can dance to. I'm all in favor of this word, and I don't care who it offends. That's the privilidge of living in America.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  81. landru

    Look. She did not say "Mentally Retarded" She said "retarded". That word does have meaning not related to meantal issues.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  82. g

    so.... why is she appologizing?

    April 22, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  83. horse racing fan

    i am all for freedom of speech, not offended by Gaga's comment at all...I work for the postal service and a few years ago management informed us that we were not allowed to say Merry Christmas to our customers anymore...I ignored them because, of course, they are, retarded!

    April 22, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  84. jay1975

    Let's see, the "r" word, the "n" word, the "c" word and so many others are deemed too offensive to be spoken; so we are left with no choice but to use inuendo and a more "sterile" terms so as to not offend the politically correct. The english language is probably the only language on Earth that is shrinking rather than growing. PC will be the downfall of this nation. And by the way, "Born This Way" is a total rip off of "Express Yourself".

    April 22, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  85. bro2044

    can she believe her own lies? Not that I care really because I don't really listen to radio unless my fiancee is in the car, but I heard this song and started making fun of it by singing lines straight FROM Express Yourself.

    Obviously the words dont much, and "every" phrase doesnt, but there are some direct steals on melody and some others that are just lingering on the edge of the original melodies. You "could" say this about a decent amount of songs I guess, but this one is OBVIOUS. My fiancee started laughing and I didnt knwo why. She told me this was Lady Gaga and it was actually a huge contraversy that she had plagerized EXPRESS YOURSELF on this new song – and its true!!!

    Anyone who is half-a-musician could tell, and LG has been in the business long enough to know exactly what she was doing.

    I know this article isnt 100% about that, but I had to get in my little experience with this.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  86. doug

    if the "R" word is wrong, then stop dropping the "F" bomb as well.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  87. rexedie

    WoooW... a whole lot of comments..... nobody will read this ....most likely.
    ive been a professional (working musician) for 35 years ....and have yet to hear "lady goo goo"..... so im way out of step

    but....she said disco has been around for 50 years.....(NOT) maybe the r word really applies to her

    April 22, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  88. Christian

    How about an apology for writing a song about Judas and launching it around Easter!! That is much more offensive, but she will keep singing the song.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  89. Beth

    It's FAUX PAS. Not PAW. Just moronic. Like her music. And this story.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  90. Clavicle

    I don't get it,

    If black people can use the N word with utter impunity because it's "their" word, why can't Gaga use the R word?

    April 22, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  91. Olivia

    I'm sure when she said it, she didn't mean to offend anybody. She probably wasn't thinking, "I'm going to use the word retarded because it will make people mad and it will hurt the feelings of mentally handicapped people." It is just a word and although it has a negative connotation, people need to get over it. Just because she says something is retarded, doesn't mean she's specifically pointing out that she does not like mentally handicapped people or that she is making fun of them. People these days take political correctness to a level which is much higher than it needs to be. I'm sure not all handicapped people take terms like retarded to heart. Retarded is just a word, and unless she specifically is calling someone retarded, I don't see the problem with it.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  92. JoePelican

    At least Gaga said she was sorry which BTW is more than that idot Aniston did. What Gaga should have said is "That's so Aniston!".

    April 22, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  93. Me

    Number of people cured when we don't use the word "retard" : ZERO.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  94. doublestandard!

    So...we all laughed our @sses off when they guy in 'The Hangover' said retard(actually talking about another human), but Lady Gaga can't use it to describe an action? Another case of ridiculous double standards. If you don't like her, just say so. But don't pick apart everything she's done to make up some reason not to like her. Or it makes you retarded. And pathetic.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  95. Shane Botwin

    DEFN RETARDED: Retardation is the act or result of delaying; the extent to which anything is retarded or delayed; that which retards or delays.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  96. blah blah blah

    repeat the following:

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    sofa king we todd did

    April 22, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  97. Shane Botwin

    She owes Kudzu Palin and George Bush Jr. a personal apology for offending them.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  98. Jon

    All of this PC nonsense is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  99. Some Random Dude

    This is cnn.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  100. Eric in St. Louis

    I would like to know how a professional writer -and said writer's editor- both managed to let "faux paw" into this article. The term is "faux pas" and, unless you're doing a story about canines and using the term "tongue-in-cheek," the misspelling is unacceptable for a professional writer.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  101. Mike from Naperville

    Yea but I thought it's kinda like using the N-word..... It should be okay for her since she is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  102. Jack

    What makes people retract their opinions? It's called not having a spine. If I state my opinion I stand by it regardless. I don't change my words because one or a million people whine about it. If more people were like that the US wouldn't be in the mess it is today. We are all so afraid of offending someone that we repress our own right to free speech and that is truely offensive to me. So reach down America speak up like you got a pair and let's go out sunday and enjoy watching the kids hunt easter eggs ( not "spring spheres" ) say happy easter not have a joyful holiday. Don't let yourself be repressed or held back by those who try to curtail your freedoms by saying exercising them are offending them.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

      Jack, I totally agree with you as to your point. But I would suggest one additional thought. Over the years I have lived, I have come to realize it sometimes is best to just listen and not always respond to someones outbursts, this is called TACT!. As one get older, and as one get wiser hopefully, one becomes more skilled in using TACT, much like a surgeon uses a knife in any conversation!

      April 22, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  103. Agonyflips

    @Paco. Grow up! God forbid that you ever have a child with mental disabilities.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  104. Jeff

    I'm redy to barf everytime I hear a word referred to as the "__" word!

    April 22, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  105. rynot

    the fact you can't say retarded is in fact retarded. gimme a break.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  106. meldy

    Wow, dave. your really into it. the last time i got into a conversation on a comments list, the story i was commenting on and all related stories were taken off the website. but hey, some days life sucks and then you die, and other days life just sucks.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  107. Marce

    My sister in law Patricia is mentally retarded in the clinical sense. Our family is not really offended by this comment. We just ask that once you realize that this might be hurtful to some, that you find another word. Lady Gaga is a champion of
    difference and she won't use this word again, I'm sure of it..

    April 22, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Sorry to hear that. My brother-in-law was beyond mentally challenged for 17 years until he died recently. You can say he was mentally retarded, which is correct.

      However I don't believe that Ga Ga said "Mentally" retarded. The word 'retard' can be used for many reasons. Look it up in the dictionary.

      I will not understand the restriction of the "R" word, "N" word or any "word".

      In the meantime, I am adding water to my latex paint, in order to retard the drying process while I paint the walls in my bathroom. I ate oatmeal for breakfast so that I can retard the cravings of eating between meals this Good Friday. Sorry for being "tardy" on this reply, my android is quite clumsy (oops I said the "c" word – clumsy) with my thick fingers.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  108. Movitar

    I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for $117.37 and my girlfriend snagged an awesome $1299 MacBook Air for only $111.93, its being delivered tomorrow. I would be a fool to keep paying high retail prices at places like Walmart or BestBuy, when I even sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use two sites,both are good,

    April 22, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  109. deuce

    As retarded as it is, Lady Gaga, it's also true.

    Show us something that isn't completely bitten off of Madonna and I'll buy it. Otherwise, you're a phony.

    Look up her work back in 2006 when she went by her real name, Stefani Germanotta. That was original. Now she's a ripoff fame wh–e looking to cash in.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  110. Kris

    I think this is carrying things too far. Retarded is not used to depict anyone who suffers from intellectual problems. It is not like using the 'N" word. I don't think less of Jennifer Aniston or lady Gaga or anyone else that uses retarded in their vocabulary. We are just too sensitive in this society and using retarded does not demean any group of people, it just means that a process of thinking is not moving forward or is hindered.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  111. hh

    people need to get over this. i'm a lesbian and my straight friends and i freely use the word gay when discussing things that are begging for that particular descriptor. no one gets offended, least of all me. we've been saying that since we were kids. its usually the people that try hardest to be politically correct that are subverting the worst bigoted opinions. retarded has become its own adjective that has nothing to do with the special needs faction of humanity. maybe we should wait until the celebrity does something genuinely negligent and wrong, like gets a dui or calls herself a warlock with tiger's blood, before we jump on the finger-pointed bandwagon demanding an apology. or, we could all just get lives and not worry about it.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  112. Rick

    Of all the things this piece of human flotsam is guilty of, this is what she apologizes for? Oh, yes, for all you Gaga fans, flotsam means debris. Sorry, overshot again – junk. Recycled garbage and not a single thing the music industry machine hasn't manufactures for consumption by arguably the dumbest group of consumers in history.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  113. joeNotDaplumber

    People are too darned sensitive these days. We've become a nation and world of pansies. SUCK IT UP. RETARD RETARD RETARD.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  114. kazz

    Censorship is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  115. Geneticist

    The word retarded will always be used in the medical community to describe low intelligence. Just don't use it as an insult. Even when used to describe something from low intelligent is ok, don't give more power to a word than what it means, that's retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  116. Re-f'n-tarded

    I was retarded as a kid, but I'm much better now. I dont give a funk what she say, but sometimes you gotta watch what you say in public. It shouldn't have to be like that, but it is... so just go along. Think about it we all say "that's crazy" it's the same thing. Next time i hear a celeb say "that's crazy" ima get retarded and ask for an apology for all us crazed. We say these phrases so much that we don't realize whats coming out. In french slang gaga means retarded, go figure. Even if I say stupid sh!t sometimes I still love each & everyone of you. Hmmm sorry I don't think i can say stupid.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  117. Teach

    "furiously unintentional? What does that even mean? I can't stand it when people try to sound smart, it's painful to watch. As far as her life's work, she is nothing more than a boring David Bowie wanna-be, making millions because people throw their money at her. There really isn't anything cool about her. As for using the r-word, it just shows it is part of her thought and language pattern. I bet she uses it all of the time. Only apology that I would accept is about a year's worth of volunteer work with impaired people. As for this sort of badly worded, insincere apology, not accepted – ever.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  118. TALKing point

    Look at her. she said R to Madonna and she follows the foot step of Madonna. so what is the point? is she really mean that she is also R too.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  119. Name*Dr. D

    Gaga is f*****g R*****Ed!

    April 22, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  120. Geneticist

    The word retarded is commonly used in the medical community. What's wrong with it? It means mental disability. It will always be used, as long as one does not use it as insult but even when used to describe something it means that it was not an intelligent call, so it is or was retarded, there I wrote it: retarded!

    April 22, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  121. IwantToKnow

    Is Lady G a hu-man?

    April 22, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  122. cornelius gunn


    April 22, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Lady Gaga, your music sucks and I don't buy your songs. Learn to stick up for your self. Say what you mean, mean what you say and NEVER apologize for anything you do or say. You act as you wish in public all the time without apology. Suddenly, you apolgize for using a word? Stop it. I find your music offensive, but I don't ask you for an apology.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  123. snowboarder

    first time i heard thta song i thought it was madonna.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  124. mij

    she is a retard in bed. been there.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  125. bbbrooke

    The correct term is FAUX PAS not FAUX PAW, unless you are a complete idiot.

    "A faux pas ( /ˌfoʊˈpɑː/ plural: faux pas /ˌfoʊˈpɑːz/) is a violation of accepted social norms (for example, standard customs or etiquette rules).[1] Faux pas, or "littledom," vary widely from culture to culture, and what is considered good manners in one culture can be considered a faux pas in another. The term comes originally from French, and literally means "misstep" or "false step".[2]"

    April 22, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  126. SmanCometh

    She is homely...yuck.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  127. lex

    Ridiculous controversy. Should be covering Obama's wars rather than a rich entertainer/celetrity out to make money.

    Freedom of speech is no more. You are allowed to say only what is within the range of politically correct.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  128. Jim

    Unreal, how dare she use that word. Offensive, and totally gay.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  129. BoBo da Clown

    Yeah, I totally agree using the word "retard" is not PC. That's why I personally replaced that word with Dumba$$. Much better... more direct without the emotional hurt 😉

    April 22, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  130. ladys

    Honestly, just when I think I couldn't possibly have a LOWER opinion of the human race, I go on a random website and see a bunch of walking embarrassments taking pride in their ignorance and bigotry.

    My mother is a social worker who's worked with the mentally retarded her whole life, and when I was growing up, she would beat the ever-loving #$%$ out of me if she heard me use the word "retarded" as an insult. It's not the word itself that's the problem, it's the way you use it. Clearly some of you people never learned respect for your fellow human beings from YOUR parents.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Congrats on having an abusive parent who apparently couldn't just discuss it with you. And kudos for the careless use of 'bigotry'. You win an internet!

      April 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Congrats on apparently having an abusive parent who chose not to discuss things calmly with you. And kudos for the careless use of 'bigotry'. You are totally more awesome than anyone here! You win an internet.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  131. JD

    Get over it. Retarded people aren't smart enough to be offended by it. 😉

    April 22, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  132. Mike

    Faux paw?! Is this supposed to be some sort of ironic spelling that I'm missing?

    April 22, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  133. landru

    I'd hit that.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  134. tim

    well it looks like Lady gaga is just a Plain Jane. No royalty here. Nothing to see. Move alone please.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  135. R-Word ?

    Are you kidding me? Who decided for us that "retarded" was now such a taboo word that we have pretend it doesn't exist and only use it in such a retarded manner?

    April 22, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  136. fred

    Political Correctness gone berserk!!!! Now we have the "R" word??? I didn't know what the article was about until I read the full word "retarded". How is this offensive to anyone? It is a scientific word that describes the state of a person's metal capacity. What word now replaces "retarded"? Who comes up with this nonsense and who follows what the 'nonsense people' say? The WORD IS "RETARDED" ! ! ! You use it to properly describe a person or an action of a person. This country has gone mad. People used to be white or black. Now we are Non-hispanic white or Caucasion, or African-American or non-hispanic black. No wonder no one kows what the H E ll is going on in the world anymore; we can't even communicate properly because words are being "banned".

    April 22, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • phred

      yes, it is a little thing called progress. but feel free to stay in the back of the class. What lady gaga said was pretty ignorant. much like some of the replies here.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • f

      @phred = Progress would be Apple introducing a new word to the world, such a i-Phone and telling everyone what is, what it means, and how the word is to be used. Having some faceless, unknown politcal correctness bureau somewhere announcing that a real word like "retarded" is no longer able to be used as a word is downright "1984"-style frightening.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  137. retard

    All of you self righteous idiots need to stop with the whining. People have been using the term retard like that for ages. Anyone who is taking it so seriously is, well, retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  138. Melanie

    Don't apologize. That's retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  139. Jahzy

    Um....... I'm sorry but even people with disability say retarded. There goes freedom of speech down the toilet, if you offended about it, it just mean you haven't accepted it.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  140. Chines in Ohio

    Lady Gaga should not be ashamed (at least not about this). The ones who automatically connect the word "retarded" with the handicapped are the ones who should be ashamed.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  141. Gentleman Agag

    Lady Gaga is nothing more than a Madonna impressionist! Her only talent was figuring out she could copy her and make money doing it!

    April 22, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  142. CornLick Firestarter

    She wishes she was Madonna! Unfortunately she's just an untalented ripoff of Madonna, anyone who likes her music is just a commercial tool.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  143. Lorin

    sisi- I couldn't agree more, it's getting rediculous. You aren't allowed to speak freely without someone getting offended. Do you know how many times I've used the word retarded or gay? Never once have I meant for it to mean the actually meaning of the word. Get over it people! Really

    April 22, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  144. butlerbulldawg74

    I had to re-read her quote several times before I figured out what the 'r' word was. I guess I was looking for something much more heinous. Or maybe I'm just a retard.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  145. Ron in California

    She should have said,,,what are you mentally challenged, developmentally slow. That would be ok. What a bunch of morons.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  146. jboogy

    When done, use that book to replenish your vocabulary. Ta ta.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  147. Bill

    Lady Gaga is very awesome in many aspects...and how nice is was for her to apologize for using that phrase...BUT I think it's a bit overboard for a coloquialism to be harped upon by the PC sharks. She's an intelligent 25 year old entertainer that is quite brilliant. I'm waiting for the "stupid" people out there to start crying of the offense due to using the word "stupid" so freely. Lol!

    April 22, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  148. sisi

    For God sake!!! Everything is offensive. I don't like lady gaga but she should be allowed to express herself as she wishes without everyone coming down on her because she said retarded. This is censorship taking over every aspect of our lives.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  149. see

    The name of the condition is "intellectual disability." The slang for subpar behavior is idiot, moron, imbecile, or retard. All of those are outdated terms used to describe ID. I think we all know what we mean when we call someone an idiot, and it isn't a kid with Down syndrome. If we parents and professionals would just let the dumb word go (gasp! another outdated disability-related term!!) and use the correct term ID across the board, then retard would be meaningless in terms of disability.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  150. Junior

    Sometimes as an artist, we work so hard and long on a tune that we often don’t hear the obvious similarities between our creation and that of others. But I’m sorry, every time I hear Born This Way, I still don’t know if its Gaga or Madonna for about a minute into the song. I’m not saying Gaga plagiarized it intentionally, but the songs are virtually identical. For her to deny that confirms she is not “f-ing smart” and border line retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  151. Martti

    Get over yourselves, PC folks. No one who uses the word actually is making fun of handicapped people.

    Recently 'Tropic Thunder' was aired on basic cable in my area, and they replaced 'Never go full Retard' with 'Never go full Special' It totally destroyed a great comedic moment. That kind of blatant censorship just so that some PC rule can be followed is the reason that PC is doomed to fail. Also, its totally full Retard.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown

      You actually LIKED Tropic Blunder? You are probably a woman. That was a really boring piece of junk.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  152. Notaretard

    The only people offended are retarded. And quite frankly everyone is as sick of the retards as much as the nuggets.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  153. jboogy

    Correct. Autism is not mentally retarded. Thats why youre not offended by the word. Millions of people and oganizations are offende and we work everyday to stop this hate and ignorance that you "oh so honorable people" find ok to use. Dont question my career status, question your own values. Question what you want the kids to say. Internet thugs can type racist rants and gay slurs. But someone with intelligence scares you. Focus on the little things, Im here to make a change. Nice day. Google if you wish: Barbara Kipfer, Phd

    April 22, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      i don't think anyone is buying it. none of your posts or replies sound like they are coming from someone with a doctorate. it does sound like you made it through the 7th grade at least. i'll give you that.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Marni

      if you have a doctorate why are you posting things on a story about lady gaga?

      April 22, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      You are incorrect about that, it is not at all the reason I'm not offended by the word. I am not offended by the word because it was NOT used in a context as to insult a mentally challenged person. It was used in a way as to call an idea stupid.
      PLENTY of people make the assumption that my sons have mental retardation. I AM offended when someone calls a person a retard in an insulting way. I don't use the word (in either context) and neither do my children.
      The fact that you are trying to turn this into an insult against mentally challenged people is ridiculous.So should we stop using the term "fire retardant" too?
      I'd be curious to know how many of your "patients/clients" have come to you crying because Lady Ga-Ga said this?

      April 22, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • jboogyisafake

      NONE! Because he has no clients/patients. He isn't a woman and he isn't a PhD. He is just a big faker who feels like he has something to prove over the INTERNET of all places. Honestly, would you expect someone with a PhD to waste their time posting abusive and incoherent comments such as these?

      April 22, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • jboogyisafake

      I googled Barbara Kipfer PhD. She has her degree in Linguistics from the University of Exeter, not in "vocational needs" from KU. Dr. Kipfer is an accomplished author and has done work for numerous websites such as, and She is NOT a special education teacher. Whoever jboogy is a phony and I'm sure Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer PhD is going to love that some idiot is writing negative posts on CNN story about Lady Ga-Ga. I think jboogy has proven himself to be a good candidate for Retard of the Year!

      April 22, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • jbfake

      I meant *she'll be pleased to know that someone is using her good name to write negative posts here.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  154. josh rogen

    this whole discussion is retarded

    April 22, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  155. Mick

    "I consider it part of my life's work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance”. This is not the time to make a pretentious mission statement.

    "An honest mistake, requires honesty to make." In other words, "This only happened because because I'm such a great person".

    "My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional.” Yes, that's what you do in an apology: You apologize. But it would have carried more weight if she didn't turn it into a promo piece.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  156. Florence B. Matyas

    I guess she should have said "guitar players can hit a lick".

    April 22, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  157. wysiwyg

    That's 'stoooopid'. Happy now?

    April 22, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  158. Uncle Eccoli

    Political correctness is pathetic and damaging. "Retarded" may not be a medically specific term, but it's not inaccurate, either. Neither is it profane. These defensive, super-sensitive parents of disabled children are the ones who give the term power.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  159. Richard Allen

    One of the smartest people i know is "retarded" and he finds people offended by the use of the word morons. He looks at it simply as a medical term and nothing more. He is never bothered by people using it because he made the decision long ago not to let something as small and insignificant as a single word define who he is. He also has a sense of humor. Get over it, she didn't do anything wrong. I swear, some people are so soft, it's embarrassing.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  160. USA401

    This Article is RETARDED. Man why are people so sensitive. I thought the correct term is 'Mentally Challenged/Special' or something? So retartded is just a description of the sever stupidity. Its not like she said these claims are "Mentally Challenged" which would single out that group of people.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  161. goss

    She is a tool and a poor mans Madonna.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  162. Name*unique

    hahaha no need to be sorry that was funny!!!!!!:)

    April 22, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  163. Tyler

    I'm not big on the whole PC thing. I feel like it's making too many words taboo to say. However, when millions of people will hear pretty much anything you say, sometimes it might be a good idea to at least speak as if your not BSing with friends. I can tell you that I would not say retarded if I knew millions of people would hear it, if only because I'd prefer to speak in a more proper way. But that's just my two cents.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  164. jboogy

    Got the paper to prove it @layla. You offended because someone can stoop to you "bloggers" level? Thats what Im doing. Maybe you should read a book, get a job or go watch "bad girls club", maybe go to school and gain a gpa. Im in an airport laughing at you all and playing the game. You at your mommies, waiting for something to do? Go listen to your gaga playlist, kid!

    April 22, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  165. Reemo

    Now you guys should understand why I think those "Don't call stupid things gay" commercials are so ridiculous.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  166. jboogy

    For the info of the unintelligent. Bi@%$ is used on national tv. You see where what she said in a mag got her. If you use the word retarded to describe anything your vocabulary needs work. Stop crying just because the little kids at age 13 are pregnant and using the words like retard. Duh! Have some morals. And "spinless" is the energy generated by your brain. "goin nowhere"

    April 22, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  167. Lisha

    Gosh – we complain about everything. I will need a list of words and phrases that are appropriate and inappropriate. Every thing is such an issue today. Aren't there more really important issues we could deal with ..I don't know maybe child abuse, starvation, child abuse

    April 22, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  168. SKyle

    HA! When did "retarded" become "the r word?" I refuse to alter my vocabulary. Until people stop using "gay" to mean lame or stupid which could possibly offend me and my sensibilities, I am going to use any damn word I please.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  169. Layla

    Name calling in any respect just shows that you do not have the mental capacity to say something intelligent. I can think of a million other words than biiitch, idiot, or retard that would convey a point in more sensible manner. jboogy needs to take a cue from this. I find it very hard to believe this person carries a doctorates.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  170. Dave

    This is news?? Now THATS retarded!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  171. confused

    ok we cant say retarded because someone may get offended or their feelings hurt but if I'm offended and my feelings get hurt because I can't speak freely does that make it ok to say retarded because god forbid anybody be offended

    April 22, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  172. Joe Mahma


    What a bunch of Retards.


    April 22, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  173. Jokester

    I'm gonna say it:


    And I'm not apologizing! Get over it!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  174. jboogy

    @layla-no offense intended to you nor any woman. Its better than retard. You get a life

    April 22, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  175. Jokester

    Author - you made a faux pas by spelling it "faux paw."

    April 22, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  176. MegaCrazyJason Gaga Parody!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  177. Richard

    Me sorry. Me forgive me. Me not mad at Gaga Lady. Me wish Carletta would forgive me too and let me watch Monster's Ball and naked Gaga. I love double cheese burgers. Email me if you mad at me't tell Carletta

    April 22, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  178. POD

    Pretty soon we will have a 'forbidden word' for every letter of the alphabet.....can anyone come up with one for the letters 'X' and 'Z'?

    April 22, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  179. jboogy

    @david- you are right. Completely. Words are words. Forget the pc crap. But, you have to admit she couldve watched it for the little ones that look up to her.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  180. Hoosier Daddy

    GaGa = Retard....Don't be a GaGa, They're all gonna laugh at you!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  181. nyahbinghi

    Why isn't it okay to say retarded?

    April 22, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  182. David

    I'm sure I'll get lots of hatred back on this comment but people need to get over this "politically correct" crap. Words are just that...words. If you choose to take insult to someone's statement in which they aren't even speaking to you, then YOU are the one with the problem. Who made the determination of what words are unacceptable? If someone is born without wealth, are we to remove the word "poor" from our vocabulary due to the possible insensitivity or fear of hurting their feelings? Or what if they never finished high school, can we not use the term "drop-out"? There is a point at which we must look within ourselves and be proud of who we are and what we do and can accomplish and not concern ourselves with what others say. Regardless of what you think of Gaga, the context of her statement was not directed toward a community of people with an attempt to disparage them. So get off your high horses and put your efforts toward finding ways to help those who need help in more positive ways than just running around beating up people for using words that we've all used without ever any malice toward those people from which the word originally was derived. In other words, just grow up and let it go. Life is too short to worry about such petty little crap like whether Gaga used the right word in an interview or not.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  183. CORKY

    Its retarted that people think saying retarded is retarded!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  184. jboogy

    She couldve said the comparison was "patronizing", "unsubstantiated (dont know if she can say that but.....)" or just tell them "theyre being/acting ridiculous" and tell them to "shove it", better than retarded. Freedom of speech at its best. @melissa- thats a good point.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  185. Chris

    This story is so retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  186. haha

    OMG. So entertained by all the comments. LoL gaga make me wanna gaga!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  187. GOP Hate America

    so now the word retarded is a bad word? thats retarded. thanks Palin for being such a retard we all have to now be careful when we all use the word retard.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  188. jboogy

    @wendy- freedom of speech true. But she (and we) know she blooped one. She has millions of young fans, she just apologized to ease the issue. Thats ok too, people make mistakes. Atleast she owned up to it. Kobe bryant used a gay slur and is denying it. What gives?

    April 22, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  189. Fallout

    This is such b-word, How many more things are we not allowed to say because it might p-word somebody off. F-word them. It sarted with the N-word, now we have the R-word? You special-interest groups can go f-word yourselves, A-words!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  190. Skolo


    April 22, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  191. Pajala

    The author of the article made a faux 'paw' by going into communications instead of becoming a vet tech or dog walker.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  192. OJ

    So f-ing is OK but a word in Webster's with a valid definition and use can't be uttered in public? Yikes!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  193. jboogy

    Its not how she used it guys. Its just like gay, and other racist hateful terms. Kids say it until their parents let them know its not ok. Did your parents call you retarded, gay, stupid??? Not political, its personal correctness.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  194. Wendy

    WHY IS SHE SORRY??????????? It's called Freedom of Speech, its her God given right to say what she wants or how she feels. People are too sensitive nowadays. Get the F over it already people! Say how you feel and if people cant handle it then they should go somewhere where there right to free speech isnt protected like it is here!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown

      Freedon of speech is not "God-given," in fact, the Bible discourages it. It is one of your rights as an American citizen, and doesn't apply to calling your boss names or lying to a judge. It certainly has nothing to do with convincing people to buy your music, or letting you keep your job as the racist AFLAC duck.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  195. Vince

    Agonyflips-If Gaga used it in a disparaging context than I would say you are correct, but that is not what she meant at all so there was no reason to apologize for the statement..

    April 22, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  196. jboogy

    @smthjuice- its for everyone who advocates it. Do you have something to say? I am the idiots professional help. Say something that matters.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Layla

      SmthJuice is right, you have issues. And I don't appreciate seeing the word biiitch. That's just plain offensive. Retard I can handle but now you're just bashing women. Seriously get a life.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @Layla Well said. I think most people would agree with you there.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  197. Skolo

    The "R" word.....GIVE ME A BREAK! Calling it the R word is RETARDED!!! And GAY too. (the "G" word)

    April 22, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  198. Jason

    There are so many more important things going on in the world than worrying about somebody using the work retarded. People need to get over themselves and stop being so PC. Newsflash. Mentally handicapped sounds no better than Mentally retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  199. jboogy

    Doctorate in vocational needs from KU biiitch! You couldnt climb this high to count my $ you waste of sperm. Read a book, watch espn somemore and see that your masters is a only a golf game.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      I mean you no disrespect here, but when you use this type of language it really makes you sound ignorant and unprofessional, much less someone who holds a doctorate.
      I usually don't swear or use words like retarded, (I did in my post to make a point), because I think people who use words like that sound feeble-minded (btw...a synonym for retarded).
      I don't take offense when someone uses the word retarded in the context lady Ga-Ga did (although as previously stated, it does make her sound ignorant). I have 2 sons who have Autism (I know, it's not the same as mental retardation) and I would be very offended if someone called them retarded, but I am not offended by someone calling an action/belief/object retarded.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  200. HALO1

    Come to Jesus Christ and forget this media nonsense. JESUS IS ALL THAT MATTERS. the devil uses trickery in the media everyday to take our attention away from what matters to us most...praise GOD

    April 22, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  201. teepee

    what's wrong with using another name for republicans?

    April 22, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  202. citizenUSA

    The word has several definitions and does not always refer to people with mental disabilities, (look up the definition of "challenged". It does not work with the term "mentally challenged").

    April 22, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  203. jboogy

    @melissa- good point! She still should be a little more careful since in public eye. Just a thought, no disrespect intended to you.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  204. lucifer

    Well look who"s talking..i have family members who are mentaly challenged but to think our kids listening her trash well id rather live in iran then listen to her sing yukk..

    April 22, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  205. jboogy

    @markb- you are a pesticide you pantywaste! Get a brain you spinless, heartless chump. And @political correctness- ditto you phucking idiots!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  206. Melissa

    Really?? I think it's retarded that she had to apologize. What she said was used in a completely different context. She wasn't saying something offensive about challenged people, sheesh. Quit trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill.
    What if she used the word stupid instead? It would have had the same meaning as retarded, but nobody would have made a fuss about that.....

    April 22, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  207. Charlie

    She realized she even offended herself.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  208. jboogy

    @pinc- you need to be slapped! I taught mentally retarded/"special needs" children/adults. The use of the word retard or any variation is offensive. Watch it or your kids will come out like you, arkansas inbred and stupid.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • PinC

      Look at the pot calling the kettle black. HaHa. BTW I'm from Boulder, CO and have a Masters from CU, dumb@$$

      April 22, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • SmthJuice

      @jboogy Are you going to take the time to leave that same comment for everybody who advocates the word retarded or did you just decide to single out one person?

      April 22, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • jn42d

      Sounds like your students rubbed off on you.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  209. Politcal Correctness is F-ing RETARTED!

    The "R" word??!! Are you F-ing kidding me??!!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  210. Thorbecke

    Political Correctness gone overboard. And the media keep feeding the frenzy.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  211. mutherphucker

    That is R E T A R D ED

    April 22, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  212. todd finnerty

    Interesting that you won't spell out the "F" word in your story but you will spell out the "R" word 😉

    April 22, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  213. MarkB

    You should be offended. All of you are retards because you ate vegetables loaded with pesticides when you were kids. The dumbing of America mystery is solved.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  214. Eumir

    Oh puleeeze! don't be a coward and apologize. That's just retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  215. PinC

    Oh puhlease! If you people are offended by the word "retard", you ARE retarded! That's right! I said "you people" and I am NOT apologizing for it!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  216. Evil D

    Lady Gaga flogging her ya-ya again? Seriously retarded every time she opens her mouth.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  217. Christina

    If anyone knows about "retards" it's my family. My one and only sibling has Down Syndrome. My mom gave birth to this "retard" in April of 1969 at the age of 26. It was my mother's first child. One of the maternity nurses caring for my mom had the audacity to ask if she wanted her "retarded" infant displayed in the nursery window along with all the other newborns. My mom was crushed. For those of you who are parents: how would you feel if someone implied right out of the gate that your newborn was not as good as the others? Furthermore, how many of you would be willing to sacrafice your entire life caring for a "retard"?

    Please think twice before using the "r" word.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • M

      Give me a break. Your mother should have proudly told the nurse to put her new born, retarded baby right out front! I would have and would have been proud to do so. And by the way, what makes you think that just because someone is retarded that makes not as good as others. In today's society, ANYONE can be classified not as good or as worthy of others. Retarded or not.

      April 22, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  218. M

    OMG!!!! Retard,retard, RAAAtard, REEEtaard, Super retard, retarded, retardette, RETARD. There, I said it. Retard....whoops!....said it again. I'm such a retard!! I just had to get it out. REEETAARRDD!!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  219. Einstein

    Of course, anyone would be f-ing smart when they take out all those 1961 Disco 78 rpm discs a give them a spin.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  220. derderder

    i find this article highly retarded. who f'n cares about her madonna remakes? this music is garbage and in 10 years she will hopefully no longer be around. retarded retarded retarded. who cares?

    April 22, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  221. Wally

    This is incredibly ridiculous. You might even say it's retarded. Political correctness has claimed us all.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  222. Bill

    We have become a nation of pansies (or should I say the "P" word?). This politically correct, overreaching silliness in regard to labeling things the "R" or "N" word is assinine. Just say the word. We're all adults here.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  223. realityhurts

    Lol loll. Who is this offending? Retarded people wouldn't be.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  224. johnnyb

    Goddam tiny keys on this friggin blackberry

    April 22, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Stevie

      Maybe it's because your thumbs are retarded. 😉 Your Blackberry is better than mine. Mine doesn't even let me leave comments. I'm jealous.

      April 22, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  225. johnnyb

    Make the A retard and I mean RETARD

    April 22, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  226. johnnyb

    Obama. Now there's retard if I ever saw one

    April 22, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  227. j-dog

    Didn't Obama use the "R" word a couple of years ago? And this too shall pass. No big deal. Love ya, Gaga.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  228. Jason

    We are going way overboard on being PC. It's a word, yes used in the wrong context can be viewed as hurtful (which her's wasn't). It merely described her feelings towards the comment, which was in definition, retarded. The timing on my boat engine is retarded. ;(

    April 22, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  229. C. Mulders

    Let's be frank about it: they are both idiots, and they are both unimaginative. Both Lady Gaga and Madonna rely almost exclusively on the I, IV and V chords for their songs, which aren't so much composed as heaped together. Lady Gaga isn't "f*ing smart", but "f*ing boring" in using such a banality as a V-IV-I progression, which is nothing more than a reversal of the all-time cliché I-IV-V. Both progressions were already humiliatingly unimaginative in the 18th century, let alone today. It just goes to show that these arrogant pop-tarts have nothing to offer except fancy dress.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  230. steve

    What an idiot she is.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  231. wendy

    OMG people, it's just a WORD. Are we such a fragile society that a word will hurt us?? Everyone needs to toughen up already, put their big-kid pants on, grow up, and stop whining!

    April 22, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  232. Bella

    LIGHTEN UP! Holy Cow, people....when did we become so "stiff"? Its a word. Retard just means stupid, gay can mean the same thing....s.he didnt mean it in a bad way and if WE stopped treating it like a big deal, then it wouldnt be considered one! What a bunch of crybabies...She said GAY...WAH! He said RETARD! WAH!!! He didnt say African American! WAHHHHH!
    Jesus Christ.....

    April 22, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  233. kevin

    This whole article is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  234. Todd


    April 22, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  235. chance

    This site is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  236. DeeJay

    using the F word is just retarded!

    April 22, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  237. Goofy

    We should just eliminate the word "retard" entirely. We can't use it to describe someone, we can't use it to describe a stupid act.. instead of calling something a flame retardant, we should just call it a 'flame challenger'..

    April 22, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  238. P

    I must be getting old. I just don't get it. Is she a Marilyn Manson copy?

    April 22, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  239. The Wolf

    For christs sake people its a WORD. Whatever happened to sticks and stones might break my bones but words will never hurt me? Grow the hell up and death to Political Correctness.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  240. Stephen

    It's retarded not to be able to say "retarded".

    April 22, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  241. bob

    By comparisons, she means "I copied madonna exactly".

    April 22, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  242. Free2blast4u

    Lady gaga is a Retard, an incredibly ugly RETARD.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  243. Nonya

    Give her some orbitz gum to get that dirty out of her mouth for a good clean feeling no matter. Damn cootie queen.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  244. Jeff

    Let me see, has any artist not "Ripped off" anything from the last say 50 years of music? Oh no thats right, they just do re-mixes of a song or movie.... Gimme a break! You keep going Momma!!

    April 22, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  245. Dave in Arizona

    It was obviously not addressed to a person in a derogatory way. People need to chill out. None of us should have to go through life constantly worried about what word comes out of our mouths in completely innocent contexts.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  246. Name*chefmom

    She CAN play the piano, but that is where her talent stops. Provoking isn't people isn't talent.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  247. buh-bye now

    The real retards are the little monsters who lap up all the crap that comes out of her mouth! The only reason she's popular is retards don't know how to identify the difference between good music and crap!

    April 22, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  248. Robert

    Please!!!! All this polictiacl correctness crap is just too much. It started with that buffoon Sarah palin when she took offence to the word retarded saying it was offencive due to her having a child with Downs. Of course there is a debate whether it's hers, and the way she kept handing him off during the campaign trail I believe Trigg is someone elses, possibly even form one of her daughters, any way, he was a nice prop for Sarah to use to gain sympathy and try to prove she is a capable mother (even if her two daughters are talentless tramps. Of course, when her buddy Rush Limbaugh used the word, that was fine for Sarah. Get over it people. Within the context of what Lady Gaga was saying, no offence can be taken. It is just a word, and I think it is only PC morons who can make an issue out of this.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  249. bobbull

    OMG!! anther word we can't we cant say retarded?
    its only a word. get over it.retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  250. cindy

    What is wrong with saying the word "retarded"? It is a word. Not saying it doesn't make it disappear. If someone or something is retarded, they are retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  251. srumpuluous

    She's a witch! Build a bridge out of her!
    Seriously though. Everyone get over it.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  252. DJ

    Why is she apologizing to herself?

    April 22, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  253. Old and in the way

    For the most part I find the current generation of 20-30-somethings pretty cool. This is one thing that distresses me no end: how this generally more enlightened age group find it perfectly acceptable to use the term "retard" freely. They even find it difficult >why< I or anyone else would find it offensive. It makes me absolutely cringe.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  254. Not Human

    Can anyone say ugly

    April 22, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  255. Googoogagayucky

    not big on lead by example, are you Gaga?

    April 22, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  256. ur mom

    lady gaga is an illuminaty she is satanic!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  257. hackensack

    What an airhead. If she's so "f-ing smart," then why does she think Disco started in 1961? LOL.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  258. Drew

    Is a flame retarded door offensive too?

    April 22, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  259. Peter E

    Um... since when did RETARDED become a swear word one cannot say publickly? Can't we say RETARDED because the attention-greedy ex-governor of Alaska wants to get even more attention on herself? That's RETARDED!

    April 22, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  260. Darwen

    You want to hear retarded? We waste millions on "cures" for this kind of condition and its only given us early warning prior to birth, defeating the purpose. Too bad we screwed up the natural selection process. Drain on economy and (at the end of the day) another's life. Oh well. Let's all be PC and continue Picking up hopeless causes.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  261. Darwen

    If we allowed the Natural Selection process to continue the way it does everywhere else we wouldn't have issues like this. People with that ty

    April 22, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  262. Logan

    Technically, if you look at it close enough, she did use it in it's correct context. She said, essentially that it is retarded that people are comparing her Born This Way hit to Madonna's hit, when they aren't really even that similar, she is simply calling those people "slow" or....retarded that are just now realizing it. F-ck.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  263. Mr.KAMEL

    OMG. She really had to apologize for saying "retarded"?! Wow. That's just gay.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  264. LEB

    The fact that this is news is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  265. Ian

    liberals have so many hang-ups, they are all crazy just like gag-gag

    April 22, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Yes, most liberals believe in practicing the principle of the Golden Rule rather than so many conservatives who only preach it.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  266. Terri B.

    Four words: Think before you speak 🙂

    April 22, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  267. al

    I love my retarded towel boy @ my gym. Retards fold better towels than n's & f's!!

    April 22, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  268. Hmm

    What do you expect from a retarded guinea. 🙂

    April 22, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  269. Hippocrates

    I was born this way....It just happens to be better than everyone else!

    April 22, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  270. sven

    thnks lady gag for helping me accept my retardation.... i love my self cuz i ws born this way

    April 22, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  271. Bruemeister

    No, no. THIS, all this is retarded. Anybody who can see how retarded political correctness has become is retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  272. weallgotone

    sofa king

    April 22, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  273. juiced

    We are all sofa king we Todd ed For even acknowledging this b.s. And yes I rode the short bus in school , it was the only one that came through my neighborhood.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  274. Robert

    Here's the ironic thing: "retarded" by definition means "slow". It implies not making an obvious logical connection immediately. It is by nature NOT on the same level as "the N word". It is NOT used as a direct insult to a mentally challenged person, and it is NOT used most of the time to even equate someone with a mental disability. It is slang. It has the exact same usage as "slow" was used 40-50 years ago. While I recognize that some mentally challenged people take offense (and much of the time, they perceive being "made fun of" through tone of voice and context, not the word directly), it seems even more non-mentallly challenged people take offense on their behalf.

    Honestly, just stop being offended by it. There will always be some word or phrase to describe someone in a particular instance that should have made a logical connection but didn't, regardless of their mental capacity, and it will always be an uphill battle to attempt to ban each of those words or phrases. Just...get over it.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  275. Steve

    As a songwriter myself, I can understand Lady Gaga's frustration. The only similarities between the songs were one phrase and a chord progression, and even then, listening to the songs side by side, they were not much alike at all. I'm glad she's apologizing for what she said, though. It shows class on her part.

    Really, if people are going to accuse her of plagiarizing for a chord progression, then someone needs to do the same thing to Nickelback and every other band that's been using the same I – IV – V – I chord progression for years.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  276. callie

    i've never read a blog before, and just happened to stumble upon this's incredibly entertaining and at times very insightful. dave, you are hilarious, man. i think i'll be a blogger least for lady gaga...

    so she said "retarded". who cares. people just be looking for a reason to be a hater.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  277. Bill

    Oh, come on people, it's just a word. Quit being so childish. This hyper-PC BS has got to end. It's way too f-ing retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  278. Kheladi

    My take on apology –

    April 22, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  279. Zenith

    Retarded – less advanced, especially mentally, for one's age.
    That is the dictionary definition of the word. So, if Gaga meant that she thinks Madonna is mentally less advanced for her age, her use of the word was appropriate. The N word or F word are not valid comparisons. Retarded has always had dual meanings. The meaning of this word does not SOLELY refer to people who are mentally disabled.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  280. Michele

    Whoever decided that retarded was a bad word to begin with? Retarded mean to slow, hinder or impede. Typical; someone out there decided that society as a whole had to stop using a word because they were offended. Next on the list are Christmas and Easter

    April 22, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  281. lance

    Rain man did it and he was a ratard... a what... a ratard.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  282. god

    Anyone going to mention that the verse melodies are a faster paced version of "Waterfalls" by TLC

    April 22, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  283. Kris

    Why should she apologize for speaking her mind? Besides, she's right; the comparisons are retarded, because Lady Gaga is taking everything Madonna did and somehow making it WORSE. She shouldn't have to apologize for saying "retarded"; she should apologize for unleashing this horrible music on the mainstream scene.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  284. Sal

    Didn't the Black Eyed Peas make an ENTIRE song about 'getting retarded?'

    April 22, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  285. dickie doo

    Hi retard.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  286. gbminard

    What happen to freedom of speech (first amendment)? Why are we taking it away piece by piece? Being political correct is the first step to becoming a communist (read Karl Marx). Is that where we want to go? Be so afraid to speak your mind, that you won't because you may offend someone. Let's stop the BS and start being the country that we are, free, which includes freedom of speaking whatever we want to say and not having to retract what we say. When you a free society, you have to know that you will be offended sometimes. So get a thick skin and let others be able to speak their minds regardless how stupid it might be.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  287. Priyath

    keep giving RETARD celebs your money fools

    April 22, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  288. Ken

    Who is making word usage rules anyway? Growing we routinely called each retards, but only when necessary. People should stop being so sensitive.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  289. wileysee

    Hello world, the American PC police are at it again! To the rest of the world we look like a bunch of RETARDED dorks.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  290. MrLars

    She should be offended that you guys are offended! Who cares? People have grown too sensitive these days. Let's ask Charlie Sheen's opinion on this one.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |

    Retard: to slow or hinder. Where in the definition does it state a group of people easily offended by offhand remarks?

    April 22, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  292. fugo45

    maybe she should apologize to all the mexican families whose loved ones have been murdered thanks in part to her admitted recreational cocaine use.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  293. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Queen was so prescient with the song "Radio Gaga":
    All we hear is Radio ga ga
    Radio goo goo
    Radio GaGa
    All we hear is radio ga ga
    Radio goo goo
    Radio GaGa
    All we hear is Radio ga ga
    Radio ga ga
    Radio what's new?

    April 22, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  294. lea morgan

    Gaga didn't do a song to hurt n e 1. She is a good wrighter and singer. Ppl jus want other singers to fall apart but gaga is very stong in everything she dose and I think madana should for give gaga.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  295. None ya

    She was addressing her fans with that term

    April 22, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  296. Brian

    At one time Elizabeth Taylor used the "R" word to describe journalists.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  297. Bob

    But she is a total copy of Madonna, all the way down to getting into it with the Catholic church.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  298. Jane

    Spread the Word to End the Word!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  299. samgut

    No so fast! You will not get off lightly! You used the "R" word!. Your meaningless apologies are emply! Your sorrow is not taken seriously by me!

    I submit that you must pay off my mortgage then! and only then will you be forgiven by me!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  300. Mr. Clean

    "Don't be a drag, just be a queen! Don't be a drag, just be a queen! Who a ho a ho is a ho!

    What do you know Lady Gaga is a ho....O' La La La

    I like to suck some C!ck C!ck C!ck and Ga ga ga! Ha ha ha ha!"

    Even though I am mocking and add lines I actually do like Lady Gaga's artist expression.She wants to be Queen of Controversy a crown that Madonna held for so many yrs before her.

    She should get over herself! She may be creative, but very few artists are really authentic or orginal, in some way or another we all "copy" & "paste" or mimic or mock others.

    "So don't be a drag, just be a queen or king!" lol

    April 22, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  301. t

    I think that if its a figure of speech everyone shouldn't get their panties in a bunch. People say the wrong things everyday but the only ones. Who hear the heat are the popular one's.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  302. JB

    All this talk of retarded and mentally ill makes me want to go and watch Shutter Island again.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  303. OldMo

    So Gaga is forced to apologize over some pc b.s. but everyone ignores the occult filth she's peddling to her fans of all ages. Stefani has made her choice with her soul, that's her business. Protecting your kids from the perverse and the wicked is your business. Wake up people, you get one shot at this thing.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  304. Phil

    Thats retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  305. NaMeme

    Huh well she's still absurdly rude and gross

    April 22, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  306. Whocares

    Seeing as it is not PC to call physically/mentally challenged people retarded, can we just agree to only use the word to describe stupid people? Honestly, that is how everyone uses the word anyways.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  307. Manda

    She apologized, that's the most she can do.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  308. Brandon

    The Obama administration has changed the term to "Intellectually Disabled" so now you can say retarded and not be politically incorrect.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  309. guest1971


    I'm weytarted!


    April 22, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  310. Did You Know.....

    Did you know that it is now racist for white people to use the word crazy around African Americans?
    I learned that watching Survivor last night.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  311. coupe31

    BIG DEAL!!! So she used the word RETARDED. In no way close is it the same as the N word. Get a life people.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Its exactly the same – its a demeaning way of keeping someone who's different down

      April 22, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  312. Pedro

    Retards aren't smart enough to be offended. So who gives a f-ck.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  313. a slozomby

    the only people offended by this are retarded.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  314. guest1971

    Why is wrong to say the word retarded? Why does everything have to be politically correct? Kids can't even dress up on Halloween as what they want to be because it might not be politically correct. This country is going down the tubes fast. She wasn't even referring to a retarded person. She was referring to a song. I think the people that called her out are the retarded one.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  315. amy

    I cannot stand Lady Gaga and yes, she is a complete Madonna rip. Madonna is/was far better than this chick will ever be, though controversial, Madonna's music transcended many of the boomers, gen xers and even gen y's, Gaga is only popular with millennials and some gen y's.

    That being said, it's mentally challenged of people to find the word "retarded" offensive when used in such a context. If she was speaking to someone who was, for sake of argument, autistic and called him or her "retarded" then yes, it's offensive. When she's speaking of something and uses it as general slang, it ceases having it's meaning of mentally handicapped (is that offensive? I'm sorry there are no written rules, which maybe there should be and we all can avoid these conversations all together). If you're a parent with a child that's handicapped in any way, the least of your worries is (should be) what word Lady Gaga uses to call what her being referred to Madonna is.

    This country's being able to be offended by nearly every word in the English language is really getting pathetic. We're eventually going to have an entire generation who won't get out of bed because they're too afraid they'll get their feelings hurt and will have to deal with it. It's not a wonder why teenagers and young adults snap when faced with defeat or heartbreak they're so sheltered their entire lives they've never learned how to deal with anything remotely bad in their lives.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • onehitwonder

      lady gaga's career is still young, you moron. stop with all this crap about how madonna transcended generations. wait until gaga's career is over. she's doing pretty well for herself.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  316. skunkbucket

    I'm a little retard short and stout. . . . Oops, sorry, wrong song. OK, you got me. I plagiarized a little.

    Love, Gaga GooGoo.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  317. Thundercrunk

    lmao "the r-word". like we are all in 1st grade. it took me a few seconds to think what "the r-word" was. hehe does that make me a "r-word"?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Mr. Clean

    We all know it's a word meant to deliberately insult and distance ourselves from other we don't like.

    I doubt Lady Gaga is truly is sorry about pushing back, because she was "Born this Way!"

    April 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  319. smartypants

    This thread is hilarious. Keep it up, you retards!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  320. KevyKev

    A retarded person is someone who has the ability to be intelligent but isn't.
    Donald Trump – Retarded
    George W. Bush – Retarded
    Sarah Palin – Retarded

    April 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • onehitwonder

      as much as they are hated, they have probably accomplished more in their lives than you ever will.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  321. Sad

    I really have no opinion on Gaga, but... have we all forgotten that some words have more than one meaning? Why is it that when someone uses the word "retard," we automatically have to equate it to mentally disabled folks? In my book, "retarded" has another meaning: "ridiculous." That meaning may not show up in Webster's yet, but people use it in that sense all the time – the meaning of this word has evolved. Seems like people are just looking for ways to be offended these days so that they have something to complain about. LIGHTEN UP, RETARDS!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Thundercrunk

    i cant stand lady gaga and all or her corny weirdness. but what i cant stand even more is all of these politicaly correct people that wanna infringe on my freedom of speech and blow things way out of porportion. its getting to the point where famous people cant say anything in public w/ out it being taken out of context or having their words twisted around. why dont you idiot media people go find a real story.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Rita

    Why can't a retard (like Gaga) use the R word? African Americans can use the N word.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Jacqueline Myers

    My granddaughter is mentally challenged. She was born that way..... Sorry..I'll ask her, after a day at school being constantly made fun of, if she thinks it was funny. I'll get back to you on that.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  325. florence

    Lady Gaga has some problems in her own head I use to like her music but her song born this way is horrible!!!!! My four year old can come up with something better

    April 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • onehitwonder

      what an idiot.

      ok, when your child has a song on billboard and is ranked #1, let us all know.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  326. Geans

    I am more offended at how you spelled faux pas in the first sentence. When in doubt, please don't use foreign terms.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  327. MMMmm

    Mmm Hmm. But she's a carbon copy of Madonna from the late 80s/early 90s in every way, from _directly_ copying the songs to ripping off the style. She must think her fans have horrible memory loss. She's a great musician in the vein of a great backup singer or performer. But... she's not original in any way. When she tries to venture out into her own territory it's incredibly Kitschy and comes off more of a joke than art. I loved her first album and some of the first few videos, but this is getting ridiculous. And as for the "R" word drop, that is bad for a performer who is a symbol of tolerance and acceptance.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  328. My Name is Mud

    Retarded means slower... does it not. Why can't we use this word to describe something? It doesnt mean we're teasing handicapped children in wheelchairs. Good God. I'm not gonna stop saying it. Sue me.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Elmo Clodcruncher

    And it says right on the label: "Calcium proprionate added to retard spoilage." Oh, those insensitive food scientists!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Michael Swartz

    Here... I'll say it. Retard. Retarded. There, the Universe didn't collapse upon itself just because I said the word RETARDED. Who ever is offended by that word is RETARDED, get a life.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Dude

    It's retarded that people make a big deal of her saying "retarded".

    April 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  332. blkdahlia

    Now there is an 'R' word? People, get over it!!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  333. thatsRetarded

    WHO GIVES ONE M 0 T H E R F U < K 1 N G SSS S H1111 T T ABOUT GAGA??? thats retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  334. angela

    Leave her alone. Everyone and their brother have used the "R" word one time or another. Why does it have to be "politcally" correct? She is being chastised? Because she is a celebrity. Would all of this brooha be an issue if she was a normal Joe? No, it wouldn't be. She is an artist and entertainer. Lets enjoy her work and worry about the BIGGER issues going on in the world. Dont sweat the small stuff. Its just a word

    April 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Cynthia

    Somehow this word has evolved into the lexicon to be quite pervasive. I think we are past the tipping point and it is now a commong word.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Nikki

    L. Gaga is a plagiarist. She is completely over- rated and unoriginal. She behaves like a child begging for attention.
    If her so-called music is just a chord progression from disco, how come no-one said Madonna was copying Donna Summer? Give me a break!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • onehitwonder

      you're probably old. lady gaga actually sings at her performances.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  337. JGB

    I have served as VP of a local ARC chapter and have a mentally disabled nephew, so I'm sensitive to these issues, but this is truly media creating a story out of nothing about a celebrity they've created... the journal-tainment industry needs to fill every second of a zillion tv channels with nonsense so they can saturate us with ads telling us it will all be okay if we buy product x and take pharmaceutical y... how's that working out for you America?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  338. steeve-o

    Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" takes more than the chord progression from "ExpressYourself", it's also in the same key, same bpms, and has the same vocal rhythms. C'mon, does she think we're retarded?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Michael

    I am sick n tired of this political correctness witch hunt every time someone uses that word or another, Lady Gaga does not need to apologize ....get over it , its retarded, there I said and I will keep on saying it.......

    April 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Amanda

    I typically do not respond on message boards however I feel compelled to do so now. My son is profoundly mentally and physically disabled. I use the word retarded every day. Here's the thing...I do not consider my son "retarded". He is my son. People need to get over themselves.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Keith

    And so she's issued the following "apology." The twist is, she managed to assert, in the course of apologizing, that only a person as glorious as herself would apologize as wonderfully as she is doing it:

    "I consider it part of my life's work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance,” Gaga told CNN in a statement. “My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional.”

    Furiously. Wow. No one else has ever before "furiously" unintentionally erred. That's the virtual equivalent of not erring at all.

    She continues, “An honest mistake, requires honesty to make. Whether life's disabilities, left you outcast bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today."

    Did you catch that? She informs us that, by definition, since hers was an "honest mistake" she should actually be recognized here and lauded for her honesty.

    Who cares about the mistake, Lady Gaga! Now that we know it was an "honest mistake" I'm just glad that there's an honest person in our midst.

    Diogenes! Snuff your Lantern! It's Lady Gaga!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Jerry

    She is a no talent hag. That song is a complete rip off of Madonna. That she defends it is complete proof.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Rob

    Just replace Retarded with GAY.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Mammy

    How about being sorry you were ever born, rightmost?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  345. rightmost

    How about being sorry for defending the gay lifestyle?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • onehitwonder

      absolutely nothing wrong with defending that lifestyle. there's something wrong with NOT defending it.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  346. Richard Milhouse Nixon

    She refers to something as retarded after renaming herself Lady Gaga? Enough said.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  347. John

    The definition of "retarded" means "backwards, stunted in growth".

    Retarded != Mentally Retarded
    Retarded != Physically Handicapped

    Now, if lady gaga said that was "mentally retarded" people would have a point. In no way am I in defense of Lady Gaga., but I am in defense of not jumping to conclusions on what people say.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  348. kathie griman

    some of you throw that word around like it was nothing. It's obvious that you don't have children with downes syndrome or close relatives with mental disabillitiesl Shame on you. I guess if it doesn't hurt you, it doesn't hurt, right?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  349. koko

    totally ripping off a song and passing it off as your own, all while under the scrutiny of the public eye, is the type of action that might be taken by someone who is mentally retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • selfish Gene Simmons

      Song? Only?

      She's lifted looks from all kinds of 80's Rock/Pop stars not just Madonna. I'm not going to list them, but lets start with Dale Bozio.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  350. David


    April 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  351. katie

    Really????? This many comments? Are all of you drunk or just lonely?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Ashley

    People need to stop being offended by words! It's a group of letters, that's all. When you say a word is 'bad' you give it more power.

    Celebrities need to quit apologizing for everything, and everybody else needs to grow a damn spine and stop whining about how offended they are.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  353. ReallyCNN

    Faux paw. Thats as far as I got... CNN do you have editors? Is that like a fake paw? C'mon...

    April 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Jason

    faux paw?

    Isn't it faux PAS... what a R**TARD .... yes it is... faux PAW, lmao

    April 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Brad

    OK, First of all does ANYONE proofread ANYTHING anymore? Faux Paw? REALLY??!?!? Secondly, I am sorry too. I am sorry that this talentless waste of breathable air has been enabled to have a million dollar career. I'm far more offended that she cops to having no talent and ripping off the same old disco crap that;s been around for years and is totally non apologetic.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  356. pepperonis

    I am disabled and use a wheelchair....guess what??? I'm crippled! Go spread love and stop worrying about words...u f'ing retards!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  357. TomE

    I'm retired, and I admit it. There..

    April 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  358. steve

    its not like she was saying hey look at that retard. We all have said crazy stuff to friends:like r u crazy,dnt b stupid or dumb. People will always pick what other people say but dnt ever listen to them selfs. Thanks take care.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Erotica

    If it looks like Madonna, talks like Madonna and walks like Madonna then what's the big deal. GaGa is nothing new. Been there done that. If anyone wants to know where this charlatan will be in 5 years ask Britney and Christina. Remember them? Overexposure. Take a break already. She's "pushing limits" that have been pushed with music since time immemorial. Next!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Greedo

    Anyone who relies so heavily on auto-tune can't possibly consider themselves an "artist". She's nothing more that candy.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Les

    "“An honest mistake, requires honesty to make"? The entertainer needs to apologize for her poor grasp of the English language more than her word choices.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Arglebargle

    People being afraid to use the English language for fear of offending someone is retarded. "Retard" means: to slow up especially by preventing or hindering advance or accomplishment : impede. So someone who is retarded is someone who hinders forward advancement. Quit being afraid of your own language, retards.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  363. cerection

    its "faux pas", not "faux paw". from french. it means false step. misstep. what kind of journalism is this? what kind of morons do we have feeding us opinions about extremely relevant and profound news such as this?

    April 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Chaz

    She should have said "f-ing retarded"

    April 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Kelly

    O.k. I didn't even make it to the end of the first sentence. A "faux paw"??? It's "faux pas". Anyone calling themself a writer or journalist should know better; ANY editor should have caught it.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  366. mike

    Sounds like she's tryting to keep herself in the headlines to hide the fact that she has NO TALENT at all.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Mikie

    Who is Lady Madonna or is it Gaga Lady or whatever....nutcases?????

    April 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Dick

    Now, now... don't start using the k, x and M words – not nice at all retroard!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Maria

    The 'R' word? Seriously? Everyone is offended by everything lately. I really don't think she needed to apologize for anything she said. I personally don't like her, but she used the word retarded, implying mentally slow. Big deal.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Rtrd

    Madonna sucks (but it feels great) Gaga – chokes – hence: "gag-a"

    April 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  371. harv

    What the heck IS the 'R' word???

    April 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  372. fajsdsaf

    Good then I can use the word QWEEEEEEEEEER. Becuase we all know gaga is a closet dike.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  373. haha

    the "politically correct" terminology is now "MENTALLY CHALLENGED." wow!!!!!!! such a big difference! wow!!!!!!!!!!! and she should admit... the song is definitely a ripoff of Madonna's Express Yourself. Just play both songs together. Express yourself!

    April 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  374. wretard


    April 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  375. ficheye

    And then they show a picture of her looking like Madonna. Nice. She's just another.... talent.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Robot

    Lady Gaga is nothing but a hermaphroditical character with neither the force or firmness of a man or the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  377. Newyorker

    So, 'retarded' is not OK, but 'f-ing' is? How about 'f-ing retarded'? Is it only half as bad as 'retarded', or twice as bad as 'f-ing'. I wish the thought police would tell everyone, so we will know. Sheesh!

    April 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  378. R. E. Tard

    Come on people, grow up. Only fools take offense at the word retarded. Oops, did I just insult the non-grown ups as well as the genuine fools? Anyway, if the r word is now off limits, we should find a replacement for retarder brakes, post haste.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  379. John

    She should have used the word gay

    April 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  380. phd5000

    Pretty gay of her to be insensitive.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  381. sara

    Some of you people are just a little too sensitive...

    April 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Joseph Stalin

    Oh, fine, I wont say Retarded...I will just replace it with calling you a Mental or Physical Defective. That should spare some feelings!

    April 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  383. PhilG.

    People need to get a life.

    Gaga's statement was in no way meant to be a statement against any class of people.

    The people that grasp onto what she said to try to beat her down are RETARDED..

    Hell,from the age of five to the age of thirty I was RETARDED.


    April 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  384. scott

    this article was mentaly challenged

    April 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  385. billy

    So the truth comes out..the real lady gaga shines. I will not buy anymore of her music.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miami Mike

      If you truly think she was using the word in a hateful way then I would hate to know you. Would be like walking on egg shells to make sure I didn't offend you with every world that comes out of my mouth.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  386. Mary

    "furiously unintentional?" WTH does THAT mean???

    Seriously...who cares? Are people really this desperate for attention or for controversy that THIS is news??

    April 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Iron

    What a retarded article.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  388. noemi

    I don't get what the big deal is . Palin has a retarded kid.this is to bad but,why should we stop using the word retard? Most mormons have one .inbreeding.and I don't like either gaga or madonna there both retards grow up shut up and rock on.....

    April 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • noemi is a {unt!

      I bet Palin's kid is better at using punctuation than you and knows the proper uses of the words there and their.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  389. doc 77

    Ho hummm

    April 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Ed

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word SET has 464 definitions. I wonder if they are all PC? Over time the use of the word retarded when talking about the mentally handicapped has diminished significantly. Iits use as a synonym for acting inappropriately, acting without thought, acting ignorantly is on the raise.

    Let this trend continue... in fact increase it.... Let's over use the word retarded, not directed at the helpless, but at people who could think things out, but just don't..

    Think about it, the word gay, in my life time has gone from, "Being in a general state of happiness" to now mean "Being attracted to someone of the same gender."

    The sting of word 'retarded' will go way as we redefine it, and it will be redefined as we USE it in a different context.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  391. joe

    if we can't use "retard" to refer to mentally challenged people anymore, why can't we use it to refer to situations? i've called idiots "tools" before. in 5 years I may have no way to ask for my hammer and screwdriver!

    April 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Robert

    She'd be easier to accept if she wasn't a f'ing Satanist.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  393. dz

    I must assume that the faux paw was a mis-steak? Not a faux pas. If the article was read by other than idiots wanting to repond, than trouble is ahead.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
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  395. johnny

    Gaga's music has really gotten bad and this song is a complete rip off of old Madonna style.
    However, saying something is "retarded" is the say thing as calling something "gay." Or using the word "frigging." They are all just expressions that drive a point home without swearing. It's retarded that anyone is upset over her using the word. Lots of people from NY use it.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathie griman

      well that certainly makes it cool to say, if people in New York say it. Right?

      April 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  396. the governator

    How can a chick in a meat dress call ANYONE retarded?

    April 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  397. googoo

    you n word

    April 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Briggy

    Would it be wrong to say being criticized for using reatarded in a sentence is gay.. They are words people, sticks and stones are the only things that can break your bones.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  399. bob

    retarded actually means retarded. It is not technically misuse of the word. The word was identified as offensive when used to describe people. much like 'special' offends some people.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Sean

    Isn't it ok if she uses it? Like black people and the n bomb?

    April 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  401. NoobozaurusRex

    No no no, the word "retarded" is a real word and does not have any negative/offensive connotation to it. Now, if she said "retard" then yes, that is offensive as it is slang meant to be used in a negative manner. Learn your language before you start firing off about what is P.C. or not....nubs.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  402. googoo

    screw gaga,she`s retarted. this is worse than socalled racisim cuz most retartds can`t stick up for themselves. send her ass to retard rehab education classes and maybe she`ll think before he opens its mouth again. try rubbin some lotion on it you hermaphrodite.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  403. dwayne

    "Say the word to end the word"......just ask any Special Olympian, that word hurts many with disabilities....grow up you idiots

    April 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Bill Mosby

    Hmm, I had been thinking "she sounds a lot like the young Madonna", and I meant it in a good way. Sorry to have offended you, Lady. lol.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Michael J.

    Lady Gaga is a moron.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Bri

    This is just retarded !!! I hate this politically correct country. We are watching the pussification of America get worse everyday. Watch the movie Demolition man. That's going to be America shortly. Pretty soon people will invade this country and hurt us with words and make us cry like sad little girls !! GROW SOME THICKER SKIN AND A SENSE OF HUMOR !

    April 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  407. amnes

    now its the 'R word'? that is retarded. Soon our language will be full of 1 letter references because we are scared someone 's bones will break when they hear it....

    April 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Melissa

    I see this both ways: I find it extremely annoying (not offensive) when people use words such as "retarded" or "gay" as adjectives to replace "stupid" or "lame" or whatever the hell the mean by using those words. It shows a person's lack of intelligence. But everyone makes mistakes! I am not defending Lady Gaga, but come on! How many interviews does she do? Quite a bit. Its hard to be PC all the time and now slip up. She has been a strong advocate for equality and human rights.

    On the other hand, I am getting so tired of all the political correctness! In my area, Easter eggs are being referred to a "Spring Spheres" as to not offend anyone. First, eggs aren't even spherical and secondly, I am tired of having to tip-toe around others' beliefs. We can celebrate diversity all you want, but only if its not Christian...

    Okay, that's the end of my rant. Gaga slipped up and apologized. Not a big deal.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      * and not slip up

      See. Even I slipped up in the few seconds I took to respond. My point exactly. Nobody is perfect.

      April 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  409. tb

    faux pas, not paw. geez.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  410. YBP

    That's funny. All I see and hear from Lady Gaga is a very pale imitation of Madonna.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Smokinmike

    She probably wore weird clothes with the helmet when she was riding on the short bus.

    Probably got laughed at too.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Chris

    Referring to "retarded" as the "r-word" is retarded. Only retards would say such a retarded thing!

    April 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  413. AndyJupiter

    In 100 yrs nobody will remember Lady Gaga. Judas is in heaven. PC'ing language is a valid but much maligned and mis-used tool to get dopey and insensitive people to re-think their stereotypes. And there's no such thing as "free" speech. Never has been. Everything has a price.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Chance


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  415. Banderman

    Lady Blah, Blah is more like it.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Rayshawn Ordway

    I don't like the "N-word" but I think that Al Sharpton, the NAACP, and other Civil Right's Groups should STOP urging people to stop saying "N-word" because after Al Sharpton is done talking on TV about the "N-word" people in the privacy of their homes, neighborhoods, and ghetto's will continue to say the "N-word", but people like Rahm Emanuel(former cabinet member for President Obama and new mayor of Chicago), Jennifer Aniston, and now Lady Gaga are saying the "R-word" and being too DAMN lazy to use proper words like: Crazy, Stupid, Ridiculous, Outrageous , Farfetched, Wrong and etc it seems that who ever you are or how famous you are people just doesn't even care anymore not even with childern and adults who has a disability/disabilities(mentally challenged).

    April 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  417. tiabear

    I believe in freedom of speech. Those words were made up for a reason. We have every right to use them whether some folks like it or not. I don't care what you all think. Sara Palin?? You need to stop and think. Your gorgeous little boy is NOT a retard. Your son is special. Beautiful and highly intelligent. Downs syndrome children are highly intelligent and not given enough credit for their intelligence. Just remember Sarah. Your little guy is an angel in you all. Love tiabear

    April 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • amnest

      right, Sarah Palin, your son is a genius.Nothing is abnormal there. Nope. Absolutely. Total genius. no doubt or question about that. ...

      April 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Joeymom

    Always lovely to read the boards after someone has used this particularly offensive word. Always full of selfish, self-righteous folks who don't understand the responsibility of free speech. Always good to know the world is still full of people who lack empathy, compassion, or respect for anyone else.

    I have a child who, despite being the best math and reading student in his school, has this word hurled at him every day because he has a communication disorder. He's the hardest working kid I've ever seen, but is treated by others as if his life was worthless and his talents were dirt- and this word is one of the primary ways for making him feel isolated and ugly. Thanks so much for encouraging the use of this mean-spirited, ugly word. So constructive of you. I bet you teach your kids its OK to use it, too. And guess how they use it?

    Every right includes responsibility. You have freedom of speech, and therefore have responsibility for what you say.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conic

      I'm sorry, but I think we need to get something straight. First off, YOU are the one who is making the word offensive. If you were as educated as you try to sound, you'd know that the word 'retard' means SLOW. I learned, when working on engines, we had to RETARD the timing when the timing was too fast. When something is retarded, it's slow. Would you be just as offended if someone said something is 'mentally challenged?' Get over yourself.

      And, secondly, shouldn't your alias be JOEYSMOM? Or, is your name Joey?

      April 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  419. goopoogaga

    It's a chord progression that has been in disco since before disco was even created. What a retard!*


    April 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Juan

    This is saintly compared to what Kobe said

    April 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  421. jkimbo

    Take away the shock, make-up, and costumes, and you get a very plain Jane looking girl with below average talent. So it's easy to see why Gaga needs to shock and rip-off other artists. She is in fact a rip-off artist. About the only thing she is good at. There is no talent here at all. Nothing original. And certainly she is not a beauty queen or a great singer or dancer. Folks all she has left is to shock and rip off lmao

    April 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Mike

    sofa king we todd it

    April 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  423. lexi

    Really ur making a big deal of the word retartedits kinda stupid i mean yea theres ppl out there that r but they r callled handycap or mentally challanged seriously ppl

    April 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Alert U

    We have become so sensitive about negativity and failure, when it is all part of life. For instance with Palin; she has a few mostly “normal” kids except that one. But we are being conditioned not to refer to that one in any manner. Pretty soon we are going to be banned from saying the Steelers ‘lost’ the Super Bowl. Newspapers can say only, the Packers’ won’, which has now become the “L” word, is bad for the feelings of American kids, blah blah blah………….

    Saying this I think words like the “N” word (the most explosive in this dialogue) ought to be gotten rid of by my fellow Blacks and Africans in persisting to using it casually among us, but taboo for others. One should not and cannot ban the “N” word per se; because negativity and the likewise need to cuss is all part of the framework of human culture.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  425. sonofgadfly

    Sorry, but she gets a pass on this one, as far as I'm concerned. And I have close relatives who are mentally challenged. The word, "retarded", is unfortunately one on which hate can ride, but it isn't always there. The opponent is hate, not words. Don't take your eyes off your opponent.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  426. Tony

    Did she say or did she actually say f***ing?

    April 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Manuel J Garcia

    Much Ado About NOTHING!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Reemo

    It took the gays over a week to stop whining about Kobe. It's only fair that Gaga gets the same treatment.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  429. Ranae

    Geez. Lady Gaga. Using the word "retarded" is so "gay". Didn't you know?

    April 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Billy

    Why do people think they have a right to not be offended?

    April 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  431. chuck

    I cannot stand and do not like GAGA one bit. But you politically correct 'retards' are pathetic.
    you know what she meant when she said it, get over it. She should not have apologized.
    How bout if all you 'retards' just get over yourself and stop being offended by anything and everything.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  432. King Retard

    If people are supposed to be 'developmentally challenged' what is the problem with saying that something or someone who is not developmentally challenged is a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard?

    All this politically correct crap needs to be put to rest. It seems we the people are being forced to comply with how other think we should. What happened to freedom of expression?

    April 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  433. Name*ballls__?.com}

    Gail.. swallowss

    April 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  434. John Wright

    I really think the F word offends more people than the R word but that's OK? There are less R people in the population!

    April 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  435. yeah

    Have you theen my batheball?

    April 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  436. Tom

    Whatever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Maybe the "R" word helps to fund terrorism...Retards

    April 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  437. R

    faux pas*


    April 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  438. Charlie Sheen

    I still can't wait to see her penis!

    April 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  439. Greg

    Its silly that some people get offended to the point of needing an apology over mere words. They are only words – no real harm is done. There are plenty of problems in this world today that indeed do real harm – get offended about those first. Don't like what someone says? Just ignore it.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      The idea that words cannot hurt is offered by selfish abusers to make those who have been hurt feel even worse about themselves. The speaker thinks he is absolved of all guilt when something really bad occurs as a consequence of his words. Over the last few years, we have seen a number of suicides and attacks on classmates by people who have been bullied. The bullies are now saying "I did not do anything wrong. He just took what I said wrong." When I was growing up, the statement of "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" was given to the bullied by the teacher or parent to try to make him feel less bad. It did not help very much.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  440. Pam E.

    Gaga needs to say she is sorry to the Mentally Challenge people.
    I hope she never has a special child. She would not know how to raise one.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      Why? Exactly what does her questionable word choice have to do with her parenting skills? Please try to make sense next time...

      April 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  441. Ronto

    She should have said "that's just GAY!" They would have laughed...except for the retarded gays...I guess.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  442. Sagebrush Shorty.

    They are both "R".

    April 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  443. CharlieB

    Who really cares that she said retarded, Take your PC crap and shove it I say. People spend too much time on crap like that GET A LIFE PEOPLE.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  444. ymcaite

    This no talent woman is an affront to humanity imo....she is a crass unlikeable human being and I use the word human loosely....there is NOTHING about her good and her music isn't music...she claims she has written so's all crap.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  445. fifi

    "Retard" has only become offensive because someone wanted to make it offensive. The word has always had the legitimate meaning of "slow". It isn't an offensive word & it describes certain mental disabilities accurately. This is no "n" word, or "f" word. I will continue to use it, just not around people who may be retarded, that's just rude.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  446. Quintus

    Faux paw? Is CNN subcontracting writing out to a 4th grader?

    April 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  447. Not everyone has to be role model

    Seriously, she's a performer. She doesn't have to watch her mouth or be a role model for your kids. Be your own kids role model and stop trying to create expectations for whoever happens to be popular. IF she wants to swear, so be it. Don't listen if you don't like it.

    I don't believe that special ed students or older, special needs adults are referred to as retarded. I don't believe that term is used to describe people with special needs (except incorrectly). So, if it also means "stupid" and is used as such (and not directed at a special needs person) than what does it matter? The F-word is used in a lot of different ways.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  448. krispy kritter

    all the so called retarded ppl i have ever met seem awful happy to me, no worries, no stress, no pressures.....hell, sign me up!

    April 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  449. Cambob

    The real outrage here is Madonna's arms. Have you seen those things? she looks like a herd of vampires were sucking on her arms.. and only her arms... We should start a campain to force her to wear only long sleeve shirts.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  450. We Tod Ed

    So is it also offensive to call things lame or spastic? Not at all. The definitions aren't just for people.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  451. courtney

    Big deal . She didn't say to disrespect anybody

    April 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  452. ragincajun

    This whole thing is retarded!

    April 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  453. The Smart One

    I think that it is retarded to aplogize for offending a bunch of retarded people that allowed themselves to be offended by the use of the word retarded. Lady Gagag should apologize for her retarded wardrobe choices if she's going to apologize for anything.

    How retarded.

    Yes, I understand that there are people with developmental handicaps. That's what makes them retarded. It's retarded to think that I'm going to remove a word from my vocabulary just because some very small portion of the world finds it offensive. That's their problem. It's pretty gay of them to be offended by the word retarded. what a bunch of retards.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  454. John Foster

    The writer of this article is retarded. "Faux paw"!!!??? It's "Faux pas" retard.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  455. jc

    i thought the r word was republican

    April 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  456. SP

    First thought that ran through my head when I heard Gaga's song, "Wow, this sounds just like Madonna". Gaga is a ripoff artist. Plain and simple.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  457. EarlyAmerica

    I am just barely old enough to remember when America was a great land. Now it's all about Politically Correct–no wonder our country folds faster than Superman on laundry day! Our country is now just plain.... retarded!!

    April 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conic

      It's because the people of this country have turned into a bunch of whiny cry-babies who want everything handed to them on a silver platter.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  458. B=Dog

    Autism is not the same as retarded, you retard. I'm sick of retarded people using the word retarded! lol

    April 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  459. eddrro

    Sticks and stones .......................................!

    April 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  460. Mark

    "Retarded" What in the world is wrong with using the word retarded? Have we become so damned PC that we can't even use a true descriptive English word? She was not being derogatory to a group or individual. It was not even directed at a human being! Yes, some people are born "retarded" (a lot of them post on here), but word can describe a lot of things besides people.
    Damn this is a retarded society we live in.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  461. Max

    Someone should tell her that the retarded are born that way.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conic

      No necessarily. I've seen it happen to many people who have attended public school. No child left behind is to blame.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  462. Thomas

    lady who? yawnnnnn........z.z.z.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    April 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  463. Greg

    Rather ironic that the picture they used for this story is Gaga sporting a true Herpa-Durp expression (that means she looks like a Retard in the picture)

    April 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  464. Lenny

    The way PC nazis chill freedom of speech is utterly retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  465. jarrett

    I don't know what planet Gaga is on but Disco has not been around for 50 years lmao! Gaga you truly are a gaga.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  466. YeahItsMe

    What a B-word. Doesn't she know only a total C-word uses the R-word?

    April 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  467. JBD

    If she were so smart, she could at least spell "plagiarist" correctly.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      IIf you were so smart you'd read properly. She did an interview. She spoke those words, she didn't write them. Whoever wrote down what she said is the idiot, not her.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  468. JR

    I don't use the "r" word. I have replaced it with Palin. Means the same thing.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  469. ken

    I'm glad she apologized for her use of the "R" word. She should never make use of the "R" word unless she is speaking to or about Sista Sarah.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  470. ben dover

    This story is retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  471. CG

    Except that "Express Yourself" is a much better song than "Born this Way"

    April 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  472. Amanda

    I am amazed how people get all up in arms about the word retard. But if I was to get upset because your child called something gay, you would simply say it's the way we talk.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  473. jay

    Too many retards in here.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  474. SQZ

    That's not what she should be apologizing for. Her Judas depiction is more profoundly deviant. And, there is an extra "A" in Gaga.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  475. LookitsElvis

    If I wore my flame retardant suit, would I attract gay retards or scare them away?

    April 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  476. Imafat Lardonawitz

    Saying something's retarded is totally gay.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  477. Lanfear

    People don't apologize for using the "f" word, so why is it now expected for "r" word? People are too touchy. On a side note, Gaga rocks!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  478. mammy jackson

    unfortunately, the younger generations grew up with the word 'retarded' meaning 'stupid' or 'ridiculous' instead of 'mentally challenged.' i do not believe any harm was meant but i do understand how that could hurt those with family or friends that are mentally challenged. i for one have never felt comfortable calling those with mental disabilities retarded because it just seems like an unfeeling word for those who were born with those disabilities.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  479. elusiveshadow

    Charles Darwin: come on, Madonna and Gaga have nothing in common, except the Marylin Monroe look and some themes that Madonna did before. Gaga loves Madonna, but she's not a clone. Plus, Madonna was not always original. :/

    April 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  480. Mammy

    Retards are retarded!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  481. the_dude

    I think a man dressing up like a sick woman and tucking your sack back and hiding your adams apple is retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  482. The Horror

    Ninja Butt Monkies from outspace will pillage your anal sphincters until all the AIDS has seeped into your souls.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  483. Mammy

    Retards are great in bed.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  484. bb

    She used the word correctly. She didn't call someone a "retard", she simply called the thinking "retarded", which is a legitimate use of the word. Had she called the critic(s) "retards" then she'd be out of line, but just because a word in one sense is offensive, doesn't mean it can't be used in other senses appropriately. Get a dictionary.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  485. Mbiggenson

    I'm retarded and I approve this message.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  486. edvhou812

    I've been a musician for nearly two decades with a formal education in music, and I hear a ton of similarities between Madonna and the Gaga single "Born This Way." Gaga can call people like myself retarded, but it doesn't change that fact that there similarities in the music.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • elusiveshadow

      she didn't call the people retarded, only the situation. yes it reminds Madonna, as she said, the chord progression, but that's not plagiarism.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • edvhou812

      @elusiveshadow: They share more in common beyond the chord progression. Key signature is the same, and the tempo and cadence is similar as well. I would never call it an intellectual property violation though, and I have not heard anyone call it such. IMO: Gaga's ego has been hurt, so she is blasting people. Wouldn't be the first time, and it won't be the last.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  487. Eva LuX

    Political correctness is destroying this country. Feel free to express yourself. No need to apologize Gaga......RETARDED RETARDED RETARTED RETARDED RETARDED RETARDED RETARTED RETARDED RETARDED RETARTED RETARDED RETARDED RETARTED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  488. Lisa

    I am not sure if the writer of this piece was trying to play with words or what but "faux paw" is wrong. It is "faux pas". I don't normally pick on grammatical issues but this one just really jumped out at me.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimber B

      The writer used faux PAW because she tells her fans to put up their PAWS – not their hands – they're all her little Monsters. I know it's a rather lame attempt at cleverness on the writer's part, but do we all "get it" now? (FYI, not even much of a fan, more of an unlucky bystander, courtesy of my teen.)

      April 22, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa G

      @Kimber thank you!!! That really bugged me! Now I get it!

      April 22, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  489. Mammy

    Why did you have a retarded child?! That's retarded!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  490. Troy

    I think people who use the "r" word are soooo gay.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  491. Greg

    Smart, huh? Wow, do you really feel intelligent? You certainly gave me a good laugh, woman. Ha!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • 'sokay

      Compared to many artists out there she IS smart. I've heard a couple of interviews with her. Full of herself,sure. But she knows exactly what she's doing. Got her this far.

      April 22, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  492. AcMan

    She gives public apologies to MADonna, yet she su**s up to Judas, and blasphemies Christ.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  493. kel

    As a parent of mentally retarded child it's interesting to see so many people on this forum joking about it. If your next door neighbour was mentally retarded would you have the guts to call he/she that in front of their family. I'm sure they would think you were hilarious!

    Of course you have no problem doing it on the internet when you don't have to face anyone....

    April 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  494. AcMan

    She gives public appologies to MADonna, yet she su**s up to Judas, and blasphemies Christ.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  495. Charles Darwin

    I think the entire controversy over using the word retarded is retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  496. Mammy

    What if an n word is retarded? What do we call them?

    April 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  497. Marcus


    April 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      She apologized for using the word she got caught up in the moment it happens. And IDK if you've actually read any of the post but most people arent her fans and they think its ok because it is. What is really so wrong with the word? Its not referencing a person with an actual disability its a descriptive word just like crazy or insane should we stop saying those because someone who may have a mental disorder could take offence? PEOPLE REMOVE THE STICK FROM YOUR ASS. THIS WHOLE OVER PC BS IS GAYYYY!!!!! NOTHING WRONG WITH SAYING THAT EITHER!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  498. Smokey Waterz

    Lady GagMe has no class.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  499. Mammy

    It's not like retards know what we're saying. Totally retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      YES, They do understand what you are saying. And they did not ask to be mentally challenged. They want to learn and to be treated like a normal human being.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elephantard

      I am not an animal . . . I am a human retard!

      April 22, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  500. shamgar50

    That this is even a story, is retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  501. Chuck

    She should instead appologize for being born. I saw part of one of her videos once and was terrified I got Gonorrhea.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  502. Oenny


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  503. Susan

    This woman is outrageous and people do not care about her.She is duplicating Madonna so we are over her.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Darwin

      She's definitely a Madonna clone. Nothing original about her.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  504. Gary

    Mother monster is a great way to describe Lady Gaga because she is definately one ugly ass monster, she even has a horrible body attached to that nasty face, yuck!!!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  505. Annunaki

    Everyone knows it's not the r-word anymore...she's such an ARTARD!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  506. Unfortunately, I understand

    I used to agree with most of you. Now I have a child who is classified as mentally retarded. Yes, that is the term in his chart. No, I don't get "offended" when people use that word, but I do cringe a bit when I hear it, whereas before I would not have thought twice about it. So just keep that in mind...not trying to play word police at all, and I understand that it is a common term that will continue to be used, and that you're not trying to insult my child by using the word in the way Lady Gaga used it, but it does hurt a bit.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Darwin

      I wouldn't be so insensitive as to use it on a person with an actual mental handicap, but when it is used in this kind of context, where it is clearly being used as a synonym for "ridiculous" or "stupid", it's PC overkill to be offended by it.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • juiced

      I'm sorry for your situation but just because someone's feelings get hurt by a word doesn't give them the right to go all high and mighty on everyone else. Whatever happened to sticks and stones people.

      April 22, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  507. Dr. Delhi

    ... Lady Caca ...

    April 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  508. Paul


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  509. Lola

    She can claim "smarts" all she likes, but when I heard the song i immediately thought, "Madonna rip-off."

    I think Gaga is offensive in most of the things she does, and she is far from "smart." The r word does get overused these days, though. As much as her other favorite, the f word.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  510. BunnyB

    Does that really say "faux paw"?

    April 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  511. Stacey

    God forbid anyone use the "R" word. Pretty soon people will stop doing interviews without a prepared speech that's been approved by a lawyer. This is rediculous.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  512. JN

    I heard this song last month when I went to her concert in Anaheim, CA. Lady Gaga gave a great and explosive performance the entire time. "Born This Way" could or could not be a rip-off but it doesn't matter. Everyone seems to like it, making the song popular. On the other hand, has any one noticed how Jennifer Lopez's new song "On The Floor" has a chorus whose melody is a rip-off from the infamous classic "Lambada" song. That's totally plagiarizing right there. Even worse, people think the song itself is same and unpopular.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  513. Bob Cooper

    So now, there is an "R" word. Just like there is an "F" word. And an "N" word. Thank "G" there are only be no more than 26 words that we can be offended by!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  514. Dan Halen

    She is the perfect representation of the "R" word.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  515. Jim

    The ironic thing is that retards don't know your making fun of them 'cause . . . you know . . . they're so f-ing retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  516. Joe C

    Seriously, I think anyone who would be offended by her comment should get thicker skin and stop being retarded about the whole thing. It's pretty gay that we have to tip toe around so much during our conversations.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  517. EMERSE

    Just goes to show how much musicianship she has! The only reason we like a song is because it sounds like something else! Thats why we have music genre! She should apologize for being in the industry!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  518. Irony

    How strange someone who writes a song "Express Yourself" apologizes for.... Expressing herself? and while defending the song. Man that is like a paradox wrapped in bacon at a Vegan restaurant while wearing a fur coat at a PETA Benefit.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonja

      Ummm she DIDN'T write "Express Yourself," Madonna did. Did you read the article?

      April 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  519. Shirley U Jest

    and here are some of "laaady" gag-a's most famous lyrics she has written: La la gaga gaga, la la gaga gaga – all sung to the tune of Annie Lennox's song Sweet Dreams are Made of These. This gag-a person can't herself out of a paper bag. if she was a poet, no one would know it. La la gaga gaga........

    April 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      If you think bad romance is the tune of "sweet dreams" you are badly mistaken and have no ear for music. That is a great song, to be frankly honest.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  520. Seth Bullock

    Just once, I'd like a celeb in this situation to look into the camera and say, "No, I will not apologize."

    April 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  521. blursd

    "I consider it part of my life's work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance." I guess this is what happens when you take crack on a regular basis with the justifications that it is a "creativity enhancer." It's hard to take her seriously when she says things like this, because for someone who is all about "love and acceptance" she spend an awful amount of time going off of profanity laced diatribes against people or organizations she disagrees with. That rather conflicts with the suggestion she is all about "love and acceptance." I think what she should really say is "I'm all about love and acceptance ... as long as you do, speak, and think EXACTLY as I do." She's no different than those she's attacking.

    It's called being a hypocrite ... look it up in the dictionary Gaga ...

    April 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  522. HarryO

    She's right she is no Madonna. She and her computer generated music couldn't hold a candle to Madonna.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  523. Paul

    Well she's half right. The verse part was borrowed from TLC's hit "Waterfalls".

    April 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  524. Suz

    I wish she'd apologize just generally. I don't understand why everyone fusses so much about her.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  525. truthinrock

    Did Madonna make a stink about this or just GaGa haters?

    April 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • elusiveshadow

      Gaga haters. Madonna said nothing about BTW. Gaga received on email from her/ people who work with her, saying that they support Gaga and the single. There's no plagiarism here.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  526. Newsflash!

    All of modern pop music is recycled from a trash can discovered in John Lennon's New York apartment in January 1980. Lady Gaga is scraping the bottom of this particular barrel, so it's no surprise she ends up with a knock-off of Madonna's "Express Yourself." I suppose if you want something original, you might listen to Otis Redding or someone who doesn't need to wear a meat-dress to sell albums.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  527. aatami

    Oh for F&CK SAKE! Are we serious? Since when did the word retarded become offensive? Anyone who gets offended by the use of that word has more to be concerned about than the word retarded. That is SOOOOOOOOO retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  528. johnny bob john bobo

    when when someone says the S word... will stupid people rise up and cry foul?

    April 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  529. Googa

    window licker

    April 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  530. Retard

    Hey! I'm offended!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  531. Missy_Spooge

    As Lady Gaga's stunt double i must say that you can all shut up. its different for some bigot who needs to die in hell to make lighthearted fun of gays than for someone as cool as gaga to straight up call someone who was born with tragic mental deficiencies that burden their families for a lifetime a re-tard. ok?

    April 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  532. austex

    First off, still a fan of her music. Lately, though, I'm not as big of a fan of her personally. She's just coming across as more fake every day. Love yourself, don't hate, blah blah blah.. but then she obviously has no problem thinking in derogatory manner about people with downs, autism and other mental disabilities. Then there's the obligatory, "oops, I'm sorry" leaving out "that you head me say it."

    April 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  533. FParana

    I'm sick and tired of PC euphemisms. Disabled people are disabled, not "differently abled." I go to the dump, not the recycling center. Whatever happened to the "bums" we always heard about as kids. Oh, I guess they're the "homeless" now. And you're "retarded" if you care what Lady Gaga says.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  534. Joseph Mayer

    There's an "r" word now?

    That's retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  535. Jeepers

    I don't like the "r" word and I haven't for a very long time. I like that Lady Gaga apologized. She's all about supporting people who feel like they don't fit in. So, it was a bit of a surprise to hear that she used the word in the first place. But at least she, unlike many people, realize it's an inappropriate, uncool word.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  536. Modmom

    Those of you who want to carry the PC thing even farther must stop using the words: Idiot, moron, cretin and imbecile because those were used to grade different levels of mental retardation. You must also stop using dumb (meaning someone who cannot speak). PCness is out of hand.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  537. Freddie

    Lady Gaga's music is horrible, and now she is attacking the mentally handicapped like that corky guy from the tv? SICKENING!

    Why does't Pres. Obama put a stop to this!!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corky? Dood yer OLD

      Some old dood talkin with these prepubes ...

      Call da FBI ....


      April 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  538. Awkward

    The retarded people don't know they're retarded, how can that be offensive to them? Its not mean, you offended people are just sissies.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • knowManners

      It can be people who love someone with disabilites. My son has high functioning autism, he is very smart but will have to live with it. I really don't get offended because its a free world people can say what they want...what bugs me is she tries to sell herself on rights for all and then lets it slip. I do believe everyone is making to big of a deal out of it.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • KD

      Have you ever met a person who is cognitively impaired? They are completely aware of their deficiencies in some cases.
      You would think people would have compassion, at least because you're making fun of someone who you know can't fight back.
      To everyone who thinks it's funny to use the word: Congratulations on being a bully. Way to be a big person and pick on someone weaker. Really says something about you (lack of) character.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  539. Beautiful Vixen


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  540. Steve

    She mocks the mentally handicapped and hates Christians apparently.

    She can go to HELL

    April 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mcbobby

      What else does she do that offends you Oh pious one? Pray tell. Must be nice to be as perfect as you huh?

      April 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awkward

      Considering you're obviously a Christian, how can you judge and want someone to go to hell? I thought it more befitting of your kind to hope God touches their lives one day instead of hoping you're sensibilities are vindicated by the wrath of God.

      But....then how would you scare people into going to Church considering being nice and having faith isn't exactly making people run to God...

      If you're scared, go to Church.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      On her deathbed Kaka will recieve this notice: Request for entry to hell denied. You may resubmit in 90 years. (devil's laughter fades away)

      April 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mama Muff Cabbage

      (devil's laughter fades away)...and The Kak comes back to make 90 more years of aural diarrhea.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      This is about the most RETAR..... I mean... ignorant comment I have read in a long time. I don't even like Gaga, but it is clear, that her intent was not aimed at the handicapped. I have no idea if she mocks Christians or not, but thank God hell isn't decided by the out of control passions of internet posts.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  541. Mcbobby

    The whole thing is retarded...yes...RETARDED!!! It's a WORD people A WORD!!! Same as "gay" not allowed to say that one anymore either...geez..

    April 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  542. Dave

    Political correctness is becoming ret*rded as well. What happened to free speech?

    April 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  543. Nick

    Madonna is retarded. And no I will not apologize for saying that "R" word. Retard, retard, retard.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  544. jon

    You see this is the backwards thinking that is the real problem with society today. She's not forced to apologize after dropping a few F-bombs in the interview, but G-d forbid she used the word "retarded" – which by definition could mean slower.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  545. Mr. Gago

    If someone wears leotards, are they leotarded?

    April 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lennyb0b


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  546. coolie


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  547. Joseph Antrillo

    She CALL anyone "retarded" she said the comparison is retarded. Thats not the same thing at all....anyone who thinks it is....well...they probably ARE retarded.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  548. Nossunereck

    This whole thing is retarded. I hate being PC.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  549. Stephen

    Oh, everyone will survive. The word "retarded" has not been used in a clinical sense in probably decades, and even euphemisms like "academically challenged" are becoming passe. No big deal, nothing wrong using a word like that expressively and off-the-cuff.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Kids (or people) with learning disabilities can't help it, and that is not funny. Normal folks who just plain act stupid because they are too lazy to think are retards. No excuse for them.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conic

      I'm not critically, morbidly obese. I'm just really height challenged.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  550. Weetawdid

    F~(^ it! I had no idea that the f~(^ing word "retarded" was a "faux pas"! What the f~(k! Are you people retarded?

    April 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Do you have tourettes syndrome?

      April 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ausgang Zum Himmel

      Dave, you just used the 't" word in a non-PC way. Didn't you get the f-ing memo?

      April 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      I wish the author/proofer had done a better job picking up the "faux paw" they put in the first line of the article.

      April 23, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  551. and i never going to post here again either


    April 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  552. Logic

    Didn't seem to matter when George Harrison was sued over 'My Sweet Lord' sounding too much like "He's so Fine". He lost even though that chord progression can be argued to be a basic staple of rock and roll. She should keep her head down and no be so arrogant. Maybe Madonna doesn't need the money or the aggravation to sue.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  553. Monkey Momma

    Gaga's message of love and self-acceptance is beautiful. We should take the apology at face value and get over it. Peace! Love!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      You need a psych. eval.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadonnaFan

      dave is right; she is a nutcase. She's trying to be some sort of post-modern hippie. You can't have it both ways: stealing someone else's gig (ripping off everything Madonna, for example) is not *loving*.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jdog

      Lady Gaga, you can't post a comment on a story that was written about you. That's just not ethical.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  554. phoenix

    today s catholics are retarded the old timers would string them both up,, 50 years ago plus.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  555. jeff

    Gaga, the goddess named Hermaphrodi-tee LOL!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  556. Logan

    ugggh, getting sooooooo tired of her, just hurry up and fade into obscurity

    April 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  557. Kate

    "get over it"...hmmm...same thing can be said for using the "N" word or the "F" word. Retarted used to be a clinical term but thanks to years of bigotry and cruelty towards those who cannot defend themselves, it has been removed from the clinical vocab and is now, and rightly so, considered offensive. If we are going to play this PC game then it applies to all, not just the gays and blacks.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SensibleAmerican

      "Retarted" was never a clinical word, "Retarded" was though. Just for future reference, if you're going to put the effort into writing out an entire post to show everyone how enlightened you are, learn how to f***** spell.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      @sensiamer: Oh snap! That must have been a fun post for you.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      But when does it end? What if the name Kate is offensive? Should we refer to you as the "K" word? This is assinine. And retarded!

      April 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • BethTX

      Which is exactly why I refuse to play the PC game.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awkward

      Actually Kate, it isn't just like the "f" or "n" words as a "f" knows they're gay and a "n" knows they're black thus, they are able to become offended. Due to the fact being offended is not cool with anyone, we don't liek to use it in public yet, get real if you don't think "f's" and "n's" use it on each other. Cuz we do.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ughhh

      Does "retarted" mean made to be a tart all over again?

      April 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Macker

      Difference is that the offense is in calling someone who isn't retarded by that name, and the word actually means "slow" which is a factual reference. Whereas the other words are meant to insult people for who they are. It's not the white people who get insulted by being called the "n" word. So it doesn't work the way you think at all.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conic

      Ahahahaha! You're hilarious. I remember when PC used to mean Personal Computer.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  558. BethTX

    This whole discussion is retarded. First it was "the N-word" and now, thanks to Sarah Palin whining to Rahm Emmanuel, we have to say "the R-word"? If you believe in freedom of speech, it applies to everyone and every word. So please don't be RETARDED.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of Lady Gaga

      Believing in the freedom of speech doesn't mean there won't be CONSEQUENCES to what is said. Why has (suddenly?) this concept of free speech been twisted to remove the speaker's accountability to himself and his fellow man? Just because you have a right to say it doesn't mean you should. And yes, using "retarded" as a synonym for "stupid" IS offensive ... and lazy.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fat Bobby Joe

      That's right, stupid is the word. Let's not be lazy, stupid is the word.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Macker

      All insults are offensive you retard.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatIfItWereU

      Sure, so by all means, just because we have "freedom of speech" we should make fun of defenseless people. What a pathetic defense. How about responsible speech? As an adult are you capable of watching what comes out of your mouth? I would hope so. If not, you probably don't have anything worth saying anyway. I bet an intellectually challenged person probably has more worthwhile things to say.

      April 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  559. Loki

    Who cares, she is retarded, can we anymore PC? What a bunch of candy asses.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Is that good or bad? Cuz when i see a chick with a nice butt, i think "she's got a sweet ass". So... is candy ass good or bad?

      April 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CC

      @ Dave – haha I like that. I agree with your confusion.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • V

      depends, was she retarded hot?

      April 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Googawindowlicker

      shes a blue bus window licker

      April 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave


      Why do you WANT to use the word "retarded" Some parents who are trying to raise children with mental disabilities are hurt by the use of that word. some people with those conditions are hurt. Why not avoid hurting them by not using the word.

      What are you getting out of it.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  560. herp

    Gaga is the retard if she thinks that people will believe her when she says it wasn't a ripoff of "express yourself"

    April 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  561. dumb

    oh please. people get over it.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  562. Savvy

    Ummmmm... you mean faux pas?

    April 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  563. jamie

    This makes me not like her....she advocates for gay rights but uses the word that hurts so many with intellectual disabilities

    April 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • KRS1

      Ohh yeah, I'm sure that was the defining moment on whether you would like her or not. Get over it.

      April 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mbane

      Are you for real? If so, she was refering to you. If you get offended by that, you must have issues. I say we ban the word CAR. Cars kill thousands of people every year and are responsible for hurting and tearing famillies apart and causing emotional and financial distrass to millions of people. They are evil and we should stop using that "C" word.

      April 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdfa

      oh please i would be mad too if i was in her position
      plus dont act like you have never used a word that is offensive to a group of people
      it is good she apologized because if she didn't care she wouldn't have said sorry

      April 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lenyb0b

      Sorry, we alrady have a "C" word

      April 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • elexsor

      HAHAHAHAHA these responses to Jamie made me laugh so hard because they are so true. hahahahahahaha

      April 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie GFY


      April 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUH

      Aww. Do you need a rainbow tissue?

      April 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      It's actually pretty funny that all these people are getting offended over the word retarded.

      Retarded used to be the politically correct word to say instead of idiot. Retard literally means to make slow, or delay, and retarded is the literal definition for people with mental disabilities.

      I am not saying that directly making fun of people with mental disabilities is wrong, but she wasn't directly making fun of them. The word is only offensive because people make a big deal out of it.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • name

      End of discussion... You just won the thread...

      April 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sloppy Sloppers

      Mbane: You're an idiot, enough said, or should I say, 'Mentally Handicapped/Disabled'

      April 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • pook

      You mean retarded.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fat Bobby Joe

      That's because you're retarded, as are most Gaga fanatics.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Macker

      That's retarded. No matter what word we use to label the retarded (which literally means slow) it will become an insult when used against normal people. Being insulted at being called retarded when you are retarded is like being insulted for being called blind when you are blind. If you don't understand that you need to be on the short bus to work on your special needs. What are you, blind?

      See how that works?

      April 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beaunor

      I use the word RETARD all the time. I'm tired of not using it. Those with learning disabilities are called something else now (because after all, we HAVE to attach labels to everything) SO RETARD IS OPEN FOR USE!
      The only time I don't like using that word is when I'm in Steak 'N Shake and calling my son a Retard, and then there's one sitting behind us! DOH!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      @Lisa "I am not saying that directly making fun of people with mental disabilities is wrong,..."

      So, you're saying that making fun of people with mental disabilities is ok, then? Just want to make sure....

      April 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Really?? Do you really believe that retards are offended? I think the retarded community probably heard what she said and then thought to themselves, “let’s eat paste.”

      April 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tia

      The mentally disabled are smart enough to know that "retarded" is defined as "See: Lady Gaga".

      April 22, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
    • mypitts2

      @"KRS1": Speaking of stealing other people's stuff, why are you using KRS1's handle? I'm fairly certain you are not the emcee. Make up your own nickname, biter. LOL

      April 22, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      do not want to offend people, but sometimes I make mistakes. So I apologize.

      Why do so many commenters think they have a right to offend. Some people are born with mental retardation. Why do we want to offend them and their families by using the name of their condition as an insult? That is so gay.


      April 22, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • f

      And how many times have you said to your best freind or family meember, ' Oh, I swear i am going to kill you?" Do you really mean it? Do you really kill them? It's a word, a phrase and an actual medical diagnostic word. Stop the baby crying. Idiots!

      April 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  564. Peace

    My my, can we say "potty mouth"?

    April 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  565. Im sorry

    She shouldnt be sorry. It was funny. I am physically challenged (spine) and it made me laugh. : )

    April 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • I M Sorry too

      I am also impaired I have a big beer belly but It did not offend me the least.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • marc

      It's not OK to say the word "retarded?," but I guess it's perfectly all right to use the f word multiple times.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sloppy Sloppers

      It's not PC, and yes, it is offensive.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • nancy

      agreed. since when did lady gaga care about being politically correct?

      April 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharkbait

      Is it just me or are some of you bloggers out there also offended by the pigs that use the f-word?

      April 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe in Colorado

      p.s. I say the 'r' word every day. Probably more.

      April 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan,20098/

      April 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Korie

      I'm weytarted

      April 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prax

      PC? who cares, get over the PC stuff and just get thicker skin!

      April 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BReal

      Does anyone know what the organization A.R.C. stands for? Association for RETARDED Citizens. This organization works with "special people" and retarded is in the name, and no one thinks that it is wrong, so using the "R" word is fair game.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • SB

      Autistic is not what the vast majority of people mean when they say "retarded." It means "mentally retarded" as in Down Syndrome. My niece has Down Syndrome, and while I don't think calling something "retarded" is a good idea, it doesn't especially offend me, either, probably because it was a common insult when I was growing up. I try not to use it, but sometimes I slip. When I do, I apologize if necessary, just like she did.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Paco

      @agonyflips. Sorry you can't tell me what words I should erase from my vocabulary. That in it self is retarded.

      April 22, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • not a turd

      It is PC, people use the word stupid, but nobody gets upset with that. We use dummy, we use color, we use classes, races, ect....Its ALWAYS about being PC cause thats the only way we know how to correct ourselves. Maybe we just need to stop calling each other these names and just stick to one word, HUMAN

      April 22, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Content2B

      This woman is a hot mess. Look at her. Surely she could afford to get her hair dyed correctly.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Vinchenz

      Everyone is just too damn sensitive these days. Welcome to the wonderful world of political correctness, something that I think should be thrown out the window sometimes because it is just plain RETARTED. You can't say this or that. GET OVER YOURSELVES.
      Besides, everyone knows you never go full retart!

      April 22, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • lucifer

      sofa king?

      April 22, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • walter mathau

      this story is retarded.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      The 'r' word is one of the most under used words in the English vocabulary. Quite frankly I think it should be used more often.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Junior

      Lady Gaga’s comments didn’t offend me nearly as much as yours. Having spinal issues (Scoliosis) is NOTHING like being mentally retarded and for you to try and group yourself into that group is absurd. Its would be like a wigger calling themselves African American…….

      April 22, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      there is no reason for LG to apologize for using the word "retarded". For God's sake this PC bullSh__T is pushing everyone over the cliff.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
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      April 22, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      As long as you are not retarded or don't know anyone who is, it's not an offending word. And we know most people don't care if they offend people they don't know. It's part of the great American culture.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Navarro

      I just find it silly to apologize for saying retarded and not for saying "f-ing" twice! (or more but on the quote above it appears twice.) Why is it that no one flinches when anyone uses swear words but for something like this they explode? We should only care about not offending God, He knows our hearts insideout and knows our intentions, and that is what He will judge.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Agonyflips

      I'm not being politically correct.
      Some of You people just don't get it.
      The word "Retarded" is a clinical term but 99% of the time it's used as Slang as a Disparaging Insult.
      When used as slang, for example, 'you're a retard' what your saying is 'you're like a Mentally Retarded person', as if that is bad thing.
      But Mental Retardation is a disorder, and those who suffer from it can NOT help that fact, so people using 'Retard' as an insult is very hurtful to those who suffer from it.
      The slang use of 'retard' has become so prevalent as an insult that the truth is it's clinical use as a description is much less used but it still exists in medical literature and as a diagnosis, and so as someone indicated it appears in organizational names that have existed for some time.
      But most people don't use it in it's proper context, and instead use it as a invective put-down. Unless your in the medical community and need to use the word in a clinical sense, don't use it at all.

      The slang use of 'retarded' has made the use of the word in it's proper context now inappropriate so it shouldn't really be used at all.
      I hope I've enlighten some people to the use of the word, and I appreciate any feedback.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • AgonyFlips

      @Paco GROW UP! God forbid that YOU ever have a child with mental disabilities.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • John Smith

      Gotta love the retard community!

      April 22, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Before you know it, you cant use the F word... since it will offend Fat People..
      Then you cannot use the I word, it will offend the idiots.
      Then you cannot use the L Word, since it will offend the loosers..
      People need a tougher skin...

      You all need to shrug it off and take it for what it is, Just words... Sticks and Stones..

      April 22, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      do ya really think they'd know the difference?!

      April 22, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • dvae

      I do not want to offend people, but sometimes I make mistakes. So I apologize.

      Why do so many commenters think they have a right to offend. Some people are born with mental retardation. Why do we want to offend themand their families by using the name of their condition as an insult? That is so gay.


      April 22, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael P

      The United States of Offended peoples. What's profound is how absolutely uneducated we are. First off, why does the mentally retarded community have a monopoly on the word retard when, by definition, it's not even remotely exclusive to their disposition? The word "retarded"–which simply means "slow" or to "slow down" is used in music more then any other situation. I think it's perfectly correct rhetoric to refer to someone who is being "obtuse" in a situation as being retarded. People love being offended simply for the attention is receives.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pulease!

      I had to read the article to find out what the 'r' word was. Political correctness is absolutely the stupidist (oh is that the 's' word) thing we've come up with yet. Retarded is a word, it means backward thinking, and she used it correctly! Get over yourselves!

      April 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      I have a son who is developmentally disabled and this doesnt offend me. She didn't use the word offensively, no harm no foul.

      But hey -- thanks to all of the idiots who think parents of retarded children are easily offended for defending us and wasting everyones time, use that time to babysit my kid so I can get a pizza with h my wife. Everyone should worry about themselves first and not what Lady Gaga says and does .....dude seriously, she has done more for society at large then the people who called her out for this ......get a life ...rant over ...thanks! 🙂

      April 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deuce

      She easily could have just said she used the word "retard" incorrectly and did not mean to use it as a slam against developmentally slow people. She could have added that she was using retarded as the verb form of retard and that all accusations of copying Madonna would imply she is retarding her music and creative growth.

      The PC angle is that they bashed her instead of educating her. The PC elitists want to ban the word altogether and that is more criminal than using the word itself. But of course, it is easier to ban the word than educated the millions in how to use it properly.

      re·tard   /rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈritɑrd for 4/ Show Spelled
      [ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4] Show IPA

      –verb (used with object)
      1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
      –verb (used without object)
      2. to be delayed.
      3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
      4. Slang: Disparaging .
      a. a mentally retarded person.
      b. a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
      5. Automotive, Machinery . an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle

      April 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aireka

      @nancy: gaga has always tried to be respectful and call things the way they should be. Nothing new. She said her apologies, let's get on with life 🙂

      April 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunnicupp

      The context in which she used the word is perfectly acceptable and not offensive whatsoever. The ONLY time it should be considered inappropriate is if it is used towards someone who is mentally RETARDED in a mean and derogatory manor.

      April 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |

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