There could be a hundred people in a room, and 99 of them claiming to have coined a catchphrase, but only one can be the true originator.
If you have watched any TV interview recently, at some point, you’ve probably seen Lady Gaga talking about “A Star Is Born” and using a very specific refrain when gushing about her co-star Bradley Cooper.
“There could be a hundred people in the room, and 99 don’t believe in you, but all you need is just one person to believe in you,” is how the saying goes. Gaga has repeated this expression so much during the movie’s press tour that it has now become a meme.
Fans have even spliced together footage from various interviews showing the “Shallow” singer repeating the phrase.
But now, it turns out that Gaga might not even be the founder of the “a hundred people” expression, as a decades-old clip of a Madonna has surfaced, which shows the “Like A Virgin” singer saying something eerily familiar.
The video was apparently uploaded to the Instagram story of Giovanni Bianco, creative director of Vogue Italia, along with the caption “My girl does and says everything always first.”
“There’s a hundred people in the room, and 99 people say they liked it, I only remember the one person who didn’t,” Madonna says in the old interview clip.
Madonna herself later shared the post to her own Instagram story.
It is not the first time Gaga and Madonna have been at odds. The two musicians have had public beef in the past. In 2012, Gaga was hit with plagiarism accusations when critics claimed her hit track “Born This Way” copied Madonna’s 1989 jam “Express Yourself”.
Madonna eventually caught wind of the plagiarism talk, and in an interview with ABC News, referred to Gaga’s music as “reductive.” Gaga addressed the comments in her Netflix documentary, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” saying she was upset that Madonna went to the press.
“I’m Italian and from New York, so if I have a problem, I’m gonna tell you to your face,” Gaga said. “She wouldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that I was reductive or whatever. Telling me you think I’m a piece of s**t through the media? It’s like a guy passing me a note through his friend.”