Celebrities and others appear to still be learning that it’s not OK to throw around the “R-word,” and Lady Gaga is the latest to slip up. But USA Today reports that Gaga was quick to acknowledge her mistake, issuing a public apology after saying comparisons between her song “Born This Way” and the Madonna song “Express Yourself” were “retarded.”
The comment was made during a recent interview with NME. After a controversy flared up about her use of the word, Lady Gaga said in a statement: "I consider it part of my life’s work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance. My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional. An honest mistake, requires honesty to make. Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today."
Gaga’s “Born This Way” album is due to be released May 23, and a rep for the singer broke the news that Lady Gaga will be the musical guest on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” two days earlier, according to the story. The episode will be hosted by Justin Timberlake.