First things first, recall that Elton John has not been particularly fond of Madonna for some time now (see: the weird “Best Song” feud at this year’s Golden Globes, or the lip-synching comments throughout the years) and also that Lady Gaga, who scuffled with Madonna over the inspiration for “Born This Way,” is godmother to John’s son with husband David Furnish. Second, before you watch the below video, remember that the C-word is slightly less provocative in the U.K. than it is in the U.S., so when Elton John calls Madonna one, he’s just being regular mean and not unforgivable, throwing-flaming-dog-shit-at-his-house mean. And this part of his comment, given to an Australian TV station for the hell of it, basically, is not without thought: “If Madonna had any common sense she would have made a record like Ray Of Light and stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly.” Then he called her a “fucking fairground stripper,” which is harsh in pretty much any country. Madonna: not having a great month when it comes to name-calling.
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