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Inside the nasty Madonna & Elton John feud: Fairground strippers, fake forgiveness and frauds?

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After weeks of staying quiet, Madonna finally responded to Elton John's name-calling. Courtesy of YouTube
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After losing to Madonna in at the Golden Globes in January, John has been unable to keep his thoughts to himself about Madonna. Courtesy of YouTube
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A cartoon Elton John, jamming in the video for "Club at the End of the Street Courtesy of YouTube

Madonna earned some points for style and grace this week, after making her first public response to a recent interview in which Elton John called her both a c-word and a "fairground stripper."

"I'd like to dedicate this next song to Mr. Elton John," she announced at a concert in Nice, France. "I know he's a big fan of it. And I know he's a big fan of mine. And you know? I forgive him. Gotta start somewhere."

From there, Madge launched into "Masterpiece," the song that pushed the Rocket Man over the edge in January when it beat his Gnomeo and Juliet duet with Lady Gaga for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes. Until the Nice show, Madonna had remained quiet in spite of John's vocal criticism of her Super Bowl performance as well as several snarky Facebook posts by John's husband David Furnish.

"If Madonna had any common sense," John said , "she would've made a record like Ray of Light, stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make pop records . . ."

During his early August conversation with Australian rock critic Ian "Molly" Meldrum, John appeared even more riled up, particularly when the topic shifted to Lady Gaga, whose "Born This Way" bears a striking resemblance to Madonna's 1989 hit "Express Yourself" — a similarity the Queen of Pop herself pointed out in an interview with ABC News.

After singing the praises of Lady Gaga, who is godmother to his son Zachary, John cut into Madonna's current tour in support of her newest album MDNA.

“She’s such a nightmare. Her career’s over, I can tell you that," he raged. "Her tour's been a disaster and couldn't have happened to a bigger cunt."

Take it down a notch, Elton. You're on TV.

"If Madonna had any common sense," he continued, "she would've made a record like Ray of Light, stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make pop records, which she does brilliantly. But, no, she had to prove she's like [makes a dancing gesture] and she looks like a fucking fairground stripper."

Personally, I'd take Madonna's "dance stuff" any day over Elton John's Lion King songs or, even worst, "Club at the End of the Street."

John's had some amazing moments throughout his career, of course. But let's not forget that "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" remake he did with RuPaul in 1994 . . . "dance stuff," indeed.

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