HYPERRREAL STAR CONSTRUCT
Lady Gaga is the stage name she has created for
her image, she is rarely referred to as Stefani
Germanotta. She keeps her personal life and her
superstar status separate. This allows her to control
her image & get away with outrageous things like
wearing a meat dress. When fans see Lady Gaga
they focus on her image and fashion rather than
gossip or everyday life. She had mentioned in an
interview that “ I has mastered the art of the
fame”. By this she means by creating a hyper-real
version of herself with outrageous fashion as Lady
Gaga she is able to keep the public and press
attention away from her personal life as Stefani
The yellow title card text with a red
drop shadow, a very similar font to
That’s used in Jackie Brown.
Gaga names Beyoncé as “Honey Bee” In the diner, just before they
pull off their poison murder spree. this seems to be a reference
to the nickname “Honey Bunny,” the nickname given to one of
the two robbers in the famous diner scene in Pulp Fiction a
Another Tarantino reference made was to the Getaway way car
that Beyoncé drives Lady Gaga away in, called the ‘Pussy
Wagon’. This is a reference to the film Kill Bill where Uma
Thurman steals and drives the very same car. and literally the
same one: Tarantino let Gaga use the original car when they
were discussing the video.
Also there are lots of other film references unrelated to Tarantino,
like Thelma & Louise. The film about two women driving away
from the law, a female-empowerment road movie. As Gaga
and Beyoncé drive off into the distance at the end, there is a
great feel of the Thelma and Louise ending.
Another clever Pulp Fiction reference, the “To be continued…” title
card at the end of video could be referencing one of the
famous lines in Pulp Fiction. “To be continued” is a classic
Vincent Vega (John Travolta) quote, right at the end of the film
leaving it on an enigma, like the video for Telephone.
Lady Gaga has used parts of older material and has her own take
on things. For example Michael Jackson ’Bad’ & Gwen Stefani
‘The sweet escape’.
As she is leaving the prison she does an Imitation of Michael
Jacksons trademark shuffle .
This shot where Lady Gaga is dancing with her cellmates is
referencing to the film Chicago.
Here she is using Madonna's style and imitating it in her very own
Warhol played a huge influence in the “Telephone” video, which
explored themes like consumerism in pop culture and issues of
gender and sexual equality.
Lady gaga plays the stereotypical 50’s housewife in this scene, but
she uses bricolage to create a new meaning to show how she
felt about the 50’s housewife. Gaga and Akerlund challenge
the gender stereotype of the “perfect housewife” portrayed in
1950’s pop culture, using wonder bread and miracle whip as
their artistic devices. Adding poison to the food she makes and
ends up killing everyone in the diner.
Female banter in the car: Death Proof 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