Christina Aguilera's Lady Gaga talk: For real, or for show?

lady-gaga-aguileraImage Credit: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images; Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesAnother decade, another dance-pop death match? Years after the belly-chained Mouseketeer rumble that was Britney vs. Christina, Aguilera has goosed the media’s thirst for blond-on-blond battles once again with her recent comments to Out magazine on Lady Gaga—but says now, She Was Not Herself That Night (or more accurately, was “taken out of context”).

The Out quote (“’Oh, the newcomer? I think she’s really fun to look at”) is, of course, not Xtina’s first time addressing the topic;  In 2008, she famously claimed not to be familiar with Gaga, or even know whether she was a she at all: “”I’m not quite sure who this person is, to be honest. I don’t know if it is a man or a woman. I just wasn’t sure. I really don’t spend any time on the Internet, so I guess I live a little under a rock in that respect.”

And several weeks ago, when asked about the comparisons, she told an Atlanta radio station: I’ve been around for over a decade and I think my work speaks for myself. [When I was younger] I would have engaged, been a little upset [about the comparisons]. There’s a bigger picture out there. I’ve got my son, my family, my work.”

“You know what I love about the new breed of newcomers,” she told another station, “is that they’re risk takers. They’re doing things that aren’t so safe. … I always had the guts and passion to do things like that. … I’m happy to see that people have come full-circle and are now accepting it and are into it and these girls have the guts to do it.”

Aguilera also took to her own website yesterday to address the Out comments in an open letter, saying:

I would like to take a moment to clarify something that has been brought to my attention this morning. It is very easy for comments to be taken out of context and create unnecessary drama-especially between us women. So I would like to tell you all directly so my words can not be misconstrued to sell someone else’s story…I have absolutely nothing against Lady Gaga or any other female artist in this business. I think she is great, and I appreciate any woman fearless enough to go against the norm. She has earned her success with hard work and a clear focus and I have nothing but respect for that.
There is room for all of us on everyone’s iPods.

This is not the first time I have been unfairly pitted against another female artist but it will be the last time I comment on the matter.

“Can’t hold us down….”

With love,
C/X

Gaga herself has yet to respond; her only real on-the-record comments regarding Aguilera came in December 2008, when she described the press’s comparison of the two as “very flattering…She’s such a huge star and if anything I should send her flowers, because a lot of people in America didn’t know who I was until that whole thing happened … What it showed me was, even though I’ve only been on the commercial market for seven or eight months, I’ve really burned graphic images of my visuals onto the irises of my fans.”

What do you think, readers—is this the kind of media maelstrom meant more to grab pageviews and reduce these women’s considerable accomplishments (and pop music’s long, hallowed history of borrowing and sharing influences) to copycat catfights, or does it deserve genuine debate?


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  • tracymusic

    It’s a choice. Walk in the direction of love and peace or walk in the other direction.

  • Sally

    There is no debate. I have been reading about this so called feud and I can tell you I have heard Christina on the radio say she admires the “out-there” pop artists and never has she said clearly anything bad about gaga. I can see how those 2 lines can be taken WAY out of context. There were probably words in between the 2 sentences. Even if Christina didn’t like gaga she wouldn’t comment on it because it does sound childish.

    • Krishna

      You’re joking right? The man and woman comment!??

      • Sally

        That was way before gaga was even big in the industry (2008). I am quite sur that the comment Xtina made is what encouraged people to actually pay attention to gaga. She did gaga a favor in that sense.

      • Kel

        Thank you, Sally! Unfortunately, the media wil forever try to tkae anything Chritina says about Gaga, Britney, and every other popstar ever. (*Note the hyperbole). It’s nice to see some more Christina supporters than the endless comparers and highly-biased Gaga fans. I’m a fan of both, but I’ve said it before and I’ll sday it again: People need to get off their Gaga high horse.

      • Isa

        Yea she was clearly saying that she had heard the name “Lady Gaga,” but that she didn’t know if they were a singer, rapper, guy, gal, band or whatever. Calm down.

  • Sean S.

    It is sad to me that:
    1) we make a habit out of building people up just so we can knock them down, and
    2) we deem it necessary to pit women against each other all the time in our culture. We didn’t do it to Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias. Justin Timberlake & Nick Carter. Why do we need to create rivalries between women? Like Christina said, there is room on my I-Pod for both.

    • TheObserver

      Very well said Sean S.

    • Vince from NYC

      It’s because we all (men) are secratley hoping a cat fight breaks out and cloths get ripped off..

    • Q

      Here here. Kudos to both of them for refusing to pander to it – Xtina clearly learned from how out of hand the thing with Britney got.

      • mark

        I believe you mean “hear, hear.”

      • Sarah

        Mark, I believe your name should be have a capital m.

      • Sarah

        And then I screw up in correcting you. I’ll just go sit in the corner now.

    • Four Strings Across The Bridge

      Exactly. Somehow, you hear very little about male artists having feuds with each other, except for rappers, but in the hip-hop world most of those “beefs” are orchestrated purely for publicity anyway. But female artists, from day one, have always been pitted against one another.

  • ashley

    Jealous much? Christina sounds a tad bitter about gaga’s success. Props to gaga for not stooping to her level and staying on the high ground.

    • Julie

      Why would Christina be jealous of Gaga? Christina has been very successful in her own right for more than 10 years now.

      • ashley

        i think because gaga has blown up so much and so many comparisons are being made

      • bbwloversmatch

        I love Gaga better, bbwloversmatch

    • Brett

      I love how people can read whatever they like into statements that don’t support such inferences.

      And it sounds like we may have Christina to blame for Gaga’s popularity. Damn.

      • Krishna

        Don’t be ridiculous. Her music and everything she does everything about her is why she is so popular, she’s extremely talented. She’s a a beautiful person inside and out. She has broken countless records and SET countless records. That makes no sense at all to say really! Go look up her acoustics.

  • Haaaaa

    Well, we know that Christina must be a Gaga fan…since she ripped off her “fun to look at” vibe for her vastly underperforming “Not Myself Tonight.”

    • Tim

      Exactly!

    • Stephanie

      She ripped that vibe much more from Madonna’s “Human Nature” and “Express Yourself” videos than she did from GaGa. Besides, GaGa knows a thing or two about ripping from Madonna.

      Honestly, I don’t get why people made up this feud in the first place. They aren’t even really competitors-yeah “Not Myself Tonight” is a misstep and isn’t as good as GaGa’s most recent singles. But fact is, GaGa is the eccentric dance diva while Christina is the octave-spanning soulful songstress. Room for both.

  • Phoebe

    I agree. I think the media creates something out of nothin. Kudos to Christina clearing that up cos she must be fed up of all these comparisons and interviewers asking her questions constantly about lady gaga. it isn’t fair on her and say if she did respond negatively i don’t blame her cos put yourself in her place you would wanna punch and curse anyone that says your a copy act or you have something against someone. It would be nice if lady gaga said something though she seems to just lie back and let her little monsters disrespect other artists and not only Christina.

    • Krishna

      Wow. That’s stupid. So because she was annoyed she was being compared to GaGa (which wasn’t even GaGa’s fault) she can say really disgusting things like that? The first comment she said says A LOT about her. GaGa’s lying back??? How!? Even before xtina spoke out she said nothing but nice things about her, she said something on one of Hwood news thing she’s really sweet and praised her and other things to try and clear it up. Um there’s a reason her monsters are pissed all this crap xtina keeps saying can’t blame them. Even before and now XTINA fans are saying so much crap not the monsters.

  • austinrob

    Christina has had tons of success & multiple Grammys. This so called feud is just that – so-called. I will always be a Christina fan no matter what. Gaga is cool 2. No harm, no foul. I have no problem at all being a fan of both.

  • Julie

    I think Christina’s letter on her site is very gracious and probably reflects how she really feels about this whole thing. It’s not her fault the press keeps setting her up by asking her about Gaga. Christina has been in the business for a long time; to have it insinuated that she’s now “copying” anyone else would have to be annoying, regardless of how she feels about Gaga herself.
    As for the video, I’ve seen it and if anything, it’s reminiscent of Madonna, not Gaga, so that’s a nonissue.
    What do Christina and Gaga really have in common anyway? They’re both (usually) blond and both have great voices, that’s about it. But as far as the lazy tabloids are concerned, I guess that’s all it takes to pit two females against each other. I’m glad Gaga and Christina are resisting buying into it.

  • Billie

    I’m over the two of them to be totally honsest. Epecially Gaga. She should go back into obscurity.

  • Hilary

    They’re both as unoriginal as the next.

    • Kate

      I disagree. I don’t really follow pop music, because I tend to agree with you. But I’ve seen a couple of things that to me demonstrate Lady Gaga as a talented artist instead of a voice-modulated flavour of the month (including her stripped down version of Poker Face on SNL). Her music is still not my thing, but I think she has the chops to back it up. As for Christina, never a fan (again, not my kind of music), but at least she can sing too. I think rising about a faux-feud is actually quite original in today’s celebrity-obsessed climate.

      • Kate

        dang, rising ABOVE, not about.

  • Groan

    Christina’s Back to Basics tour and album had a retro circus theme that Britney Spears later used for her tour. No one said anything about this– maybe because cross-over themes/costumes/images are inevitable in the vast pop world. I think this controversy is the manufacturing of Lady Gaga’s #1 fan, and possible stock holder in her career, Perez Hilton. I hate that he has influence. And I hate that I just name-checked him.

    • Lydia

      I agree! Why didn’t anybody point out how britney did the same circus theme for her album and tour that Christina did? It’s hypocritical. People pick on Christina because she has actual vocal talent and has been around for over a decade and people consider her a threat.

      • Kristi

        I agree! Everybody jumped on the Circus wagon after Christina did it. Even Pink’s album was a take on that (and I LOVE Pink), and Kelly Clarkson said hers was going to be a circus theme and they changed it. Back to Basics was truly original.

  • Mr. Fonzworth Pennicoat

    I must say, I would love to be Christina’s son, just for the ability to suck on those massive mammary milk glands every day. How exquisite they must be!

  • Martin From MEXICO

    I love Chrisina and Her Music ^^

  • JJ

    There’s no rivalry or copycatting going on. The outfit Christina wore WAS similar but it was coincidence.

    However, Christina needs to take a step back and look at her career because is not/has never been the avante garde performer/artist that Gaga is. Christina has an amazing voice and is very vocally talented but she’s delusional if she see’s herself as some kind of risk taker. Madonna is a risk taker, Gaga is a risk taker, Christina is a pop singer. Christina is as much of an “artist” as Celine or Whitney…it’s not that they’re not talented but they’re not artists outside of their music. Having bad hair or filming a crappy sexually desperate looking video isn’t being a “risk taker”. Sorry “Xtina” (who gives themselves a nickname that everyone mis-pronounces? ‘Ex-tina’)

    You can be a fan of both but they are different. Both are pop singers, both are vocally taleneted, but one is genuine artist in more than just her music…and that is Lady Gaga.

    • RyRyNYC

      lol… u consider Gaga’s freakiness “TRUE ART” … interesting. I used to be a huge Lady GaGa fan, but I then did research and saw that alot of her visuals and sounds are “borrowed/inspired” by ACTUAL ARTISTS (Roisin Murphy, Grace Jones, Bowie, etc. al.) BUT the biggest reason why I am starting to hate on her is the fact that she has this army of “uneducated stans (stalker+fans)” that have the nerve to claim nobody did anything until Lady Gaga did it (INCORRECT) and that everybody is copying her (Rihanna’s new dress code, yes; Christina’s video, ummm no, thats pure homage to Madonna and even Freedom 90).

      • D

        haahha thats precious.. rihannas new wardrobe is gaga-copying. thats completely logical. Rihanna wasn’t a style icon 2 years before gaga made it big or anything…

      • Stephanie

        I agree SO MUCH about GaGa stans. I like GaGa but my lord, her stans are the most obnoxious people I’ve ever met. They act like every female artist copies GaGa even when they don’t (ex. Kylie wears crazy costume! She must be ripping off GaGa even though Kylie has been wearing crazy costumes since GaGa was little preteen Stefani Germanotta!) They act like they are these little hipsters because they like GaGa yet they barely know their pop history and only believe GaGa is original because they weren’t alive to see young Madonna, Grace Jones, David Bowie, etc. when they got big.

      • Nick T

        D, No, she wasn’t a style icon. Though I disagree about RyRyNTC’s statement. Like all artist, she gets inspired and does stuff that’s really pretty original (e.g. bleed to death on the VMA stage). But I love Xtina also. Except for the new song.

      • 4rocket

        @Stephanie:
        I’ve commented before that her fans are getting really insane, and are starting to rival Adam Lambert and Twilight fans. Of course, I got told that I was wrong, but it’s good to see that I’m not the only who sees this. And an objective Lady Gaga fan such as you, wow… I didn’t know any of you could actually be reasonable.

      • Krishna

        That’s not true.

    • Ed

      Wow what you are saying makes total sense to me. That is so true what you have had to say.

    • Tim

      Bravo! How true! What both Madonna and Gaga have is charisma. It is not enough to be a good vocalist. Good vocalists are two a penny. true artists with a charisma and out-of-box thinking are rare. Christina has NEVER been a number one, even during the Britney era. An artists is someone who has ideas, opinions and is never afraid of voicing them. Christina has never been a gay icon unlike MD and LG because she is just that: a good singer. Gay men love bright shocking strong yet ‘camp’ women. Moreover, Christina’s voice is not even pop, it’s more r’n’b as it’s waaaay too edgy. There is no femininity about her. There is no languidness about her. She is one-dimensional, there’s no illusion, no mystery, it’s all so predictable.

  • ugh

    they’re both fifth-generation ripoffs. gaga can barely sing and xtina has a voice but sounds like nails on a chalkboard.
    but I’m sure this fulfills ew’s need to mention gaga every 23.2 seconds.

    • tim

      Precisely. And I’m SO tired of media suggestion that Lady Gaga is ‘risky’ or ‘edgy’ or ‘provocative’. It’s dated, vapid dance pop. It’s been done hundreds of times before. It’s fine for what it is, but don’t suggest it’s some sort of revolution.

      • Hilary

        I agree with you. That just shows how overrated she is. As for Christina, all she really has going for her is her voice. She’s not really that successful and her musical style isn’t anything new or original. Everyone’s music sounds like that.

      • 4rocket

        43 million albums sold worldwide and 4 Grammys, has appeared on Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest of All Time” list, being the only artist under 30 there… I don’t know about you, but I would consider that pretty successful.

      • 4rocket

        “100 Greatest SINGERS of All Time”. What is up with me and my typos today?

      • Krishna

        You’re very wrong.

      • The International Nomad

        @ Krishna:
        S/he is stating the facts, not opinion. How are they wrong?

    • Krishna

      GaGa can’t sing?? Hello! Have we not seen her acoustics? She shows off her voice the best in the old lady gaga nyu videos, she’s just as good as xtina and can do any style.

      • Sally

        I’m sorry but vocally, Xtina and gaga have nothing in common. Gaga can sing but there are notes gaga cannot dream of hitting that Xtina cna do in her sleep.

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