Unexpected beef is a rare and delicious cut of meat, and Linda Perry calling out Lady Gaga for a potentially erroneous writing credit on an Oscar-nominated song certainly fits the bill. Unfortunately, the credit in question is for "'Til It Happens to You," a gut-wrenching piano ballad about rape from the campus sexual-assault documentary The Hunting Ground, which really kind of ruins the taste. Perry took to Twitter last night, claiming that the "Applause" singer did so little writing on the song, a collaboration with songwriter Diane Warren, that claiming a co-writing credit seems almost impossible.
I have Diane's original demo with her singing. The only line that has been changed "Till you're at the end, the end of your rope"— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 18, 2016
Originally was "TIL YOU GOT A HOLE RIPPED IN YOUR SOUL". So I guess technically one line was changed so sure Gaga possibly "rewrote" a line— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 18, 2016
But chances are Diane still took part in rewriting that line which means Gaga contributed a few words. Is that writing? Not in my book.— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 18, 2016
Of course, if many-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren did make the calculation that giving Lady Gaga a writing credit would bring more attention to her song and to the documentary in general, attention that might help her work win an Academy Award, one might assume she'd rather Linda Perry not completely blow up her spot on social media. Beef: the trickiest of meats.
Update: Warren has responded, calling the song a "special collaboration":
Til It Happens To You was written for The Hunting Ground, an incredibly powerful documentary about sexual assault on college campuses— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) January 18, 2016
The song is the result of a special collaboration between myself and Lady Gaga. As Lady Gaga and I have consistly said. Til it Happens— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) January 18, 2016
To you was inspired by the countless survivors of abuse who need our support and love so they know they're not alone.— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) January 18, 2016