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Lady Gaga and Adam Levine have never been afraid to speak their minds. So why are they engaged in the most passive-aggressive form of fighting known to mankind: the Twitter feud? On Friday, Levine sent out a critical tweet that may have been directed at Gaga; on Saturday, Mother Monster responded. Or did she? Let's take a look at the evidence.
Here are the Adam Levine tweets that started the whole kerfuffle:
Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn't make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) September 20, 2013
I unabashedly love writing and performing pop music for both myself AND everyone around me. That's It. It doesn't need any extra sauce.— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) September 21, 2013
The next day, Gaga tweeted this:
uh oh guys the art police is here— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 21, 2013
You'll notice that neither the "Applause" singer, nor the Voice judge, mentions any names. But that hasn't stopped Maroon 5 fans and Little Monsters from going at each other like the Sharks and Jets. Obviously, Levine was talking about Gaga, right?
We're a little skeptical. If he was talking about Lady Gaga, then what is he accusing her of "recycling?" That criticism would have made sense during the infamous "Express Yourself"/"Born This Way" controversy of 2011, but "Applause" doesn't sound exactly like a Madonna song. (Actually, some fans have accused Gaga of ripping off Madonna's 2012 single "Girl Gone Wild," but it's a stretch.)
Okay, possibility No. 2: Levine is accusing Gaga of recycling actual art, as in Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus." The 1486 painting may have inspired Gaga's current mermaid look, and she did reference it in a tweet on Thursday:
studio time! the live birth of *Venus* !! pic.twitter.com/h8sRwDZT24— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 20, 2013
On the other hand, do we really think that Adam Levine has a problem with musicians being inspired by 15th Century Renaissance paintings? That seems ridiculous. Everyone has to take their inspiration from something.
In fact, the biggest clue that Levine may be talking about Gaga is the thing about "extra sauce." He could be dissing her costumes and theatrics here. Or not.
As for Gaga's response: well, that seems ambiguous, too. Maybe it was a jokey response to Levine trying to define what "art" means. Maybe it was a retort, because she really did think Levine was talking to her. Or it could have been about people criticizing Miley Cyrus (whom Gaga also tweeted about this week). Or maybe it was an inside joke, with somebody else entirely! We don't know! She didn't say!
Honestly, this is silly. We all know that Levine has a crotchety old man hidden inside that perfectly tattooed body, and we know that Gaga believes she is a Very Important Artist (Queen of the Universe, to be exact). These two probably aren't hanging out anytime soon. But that doesn't mean we all have to take sides. When it comes to the "shuffle" button your iPod, all artists are created equal!