"I know it’s a huge issue because I have 20 million followers on Twitter, and the second I put out a song about being yourself and loving who you are, it was pandemonium. Whether it was good, bad, controversial, this is an old topic, this is a new topic. People who have been around—60 year olds were saying we dealt with this in the nineties. No we didn’t. No we didn’t. It’s still lingering. And the denial of it… the shallow excuses, the efforts to tear away at the centre of the heart of something that’s so simple and so pure and so loving, the minute I saw it, I said, I did it. I said, I did it. I hit the nerve, and you know how you know you’ve hit the nerve? Because everybody doesn’t wave a flag that says I love Gaga. You’ve got a bunch of I love her, and you’ve got a bunch of I hate her and I don’t get it and what is this rubbish and explain it to me, and I said this is it. I hit the nerve."
— Lady Gaga on Born This Way