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    “‘Don’t be a drag, just be a queen'”

    Lady Gaga has done it again.

    The avant-garde pop princess released her first single in more than a year this past weekend to a record-breaking debut.  

    “”Born this Way,”” dubbed a “”gay anthem”” by Sir Elton John, raced to No. 1 on iTunes in less than three hours, according to Perez Hilton. The single is also poised to nab the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart this week.

    The song is unapologetically supportive of gay rights, beginning, “”It doesn’t matter if you love him / or capital H-I-M.””  Throughout the song she also intersperses some advice: “”Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.””

    Following a “”Vogue””-like spoken address, Gaga resumes the beat by singing, “”No matter gay, straight or bi / Lesbian, transgendered life … I was born to survive.””

    The song has drawn the ire of some critics who believe that Gaga ripped off Madonna.  While the track is strikingly reminiscent of “”Express Yourself,”” the message and lyrics in the rock/pop/disco track are entirely Gaga.

    Lady Gaga announced on “”The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”” that Madonna harbors no ill feelings due to the controversy — which is good enough for Gaga.  

    “”If the queen says it shall be, it shall be,”” Gaga said of Madonna’s sanctioning the anthem.

    The song also touches on the escalating struggles faced by members of the gay community and coming to terms with their faith and religion. Gaga belts in the chorus, “”I’m beautiful in my way / ‘Cause God makes no mistakes … I was born this way.”” 

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