Lady Gaga ft Beyonce -
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The “Pussy Wagon” from Kill Bill
• The most straight forward Tarantino reference
in “Telephone” comes from the “Pussy
Wagon” that Lady Gaga and Beyoncé drive;
Uma Thurman steals and drives the same one
in Kill Bill Vol. 1. Like, literally the same one:
Tarantino lent Gaga the original when they
were discussing the video.
Lady Gaga – Telephone
2. Beyonce’s nickname “Honey Bee”: diner robber
“Honey Bunny” in Pulp Fiction
• Gaga addresses Beyoncé as “Honey Bee”
before they pull off their poison murder spree
in the diner; this seems like a pretty clear
reference to “Honey Bunny,” the nickname
given to Yolanda, one of the two robbers in
the famous diner scene Pulp Fiction.
5. Female banter in the car: Death
• Idiomatic banter is a Tarantino staple, and
“Telephone” rides that wave with lines like
“once you kill a cow, you gotta make a burger.”
A car scene from Death Proof.
A scene from telephone involving female
• We also get an image of Gaga's
HeartBeats headphones, from Beats by
Dre (the first of many product
placements), while someone is busting
her song "Paper Gangsta" on the radio.
The song choice is, of course, deliberate;
it's a song about girl power.
Hyper Consciousness And Narcissism
• Alternating between Japanese and comic book-style subtitles, the
video channels Gaga's beloved pop art pioneers Roy Lichenstein
and Andy Warhol. Inspired by the Warhol's exploration of mass
consumer culture and advertising through his Campbell's soup
studies, Gaga and Akerlund challenge the gender stereotype of the
"perfect housewife" portrayed heavily in 1950s pop culture, using
Wonder Bread and Miracle Whip as their artistic devices.