Lady Gaga Explains The Deeper Meaning Behind “Telephone”

We know how Lady Gaga makes a sandwich—lots of mayo, lots of poison—but how did she create her outrageous, off-the-walls mini-movie “Telephone”? Gaga revealed some of the inspirations and deeper meanings behind the colorful mega-vid after its on-air premiere on E! News last night, and the haberdasher’s dream divulged that, much like she did with her “Paparazzi” vid, she wanted to “take a decidedly pop song, which on the surface has a quite shallow meaning, and turn it into something deeper.” Find out just how deep it gets—and what Quentin Tarantino’s involvement was in the 9-minute shebang—by watching Gaga’s interview clip after the jump.  

“There’s certainly always a hidden message in my music videos,” says Gaga. “But I would say most predominately, I’m always trying to convolute everyone’s idea of what a pop music video should be.”

Gaga and director Jonas Akerlund were directly inspired by Tarantino’s pop-art aesthetic—and his choice of ride. “I mostly love the way he uses different forms to create something new. His direct involvement in the video came from him lending me the Pussy Wagon [from Kill Bill]. We were having lunch one day in Los Angeles and I was telling him about my concept for the video and he loved it so much he said, ‘You gotta use the Pussy Wagon.’” We’d love if QT directed one of Gaga’s music videos—how about “Alejandro,” her next single off The Fame Monster? (Or he should give her a killer cameo as a bad-ass Nazi in the rumored Inglourious Basterds prequel.)

Overall, Ms. Germanotta’s main intent with “Telephone” was to express “the idea that America is full of young people that are inundated with information and technology and turn it into something that was more of a commentary on the kind of country that we are.”

So… spending too much time on the phone will eventually lead to mass homicide, paired with a hoedown? Sure, Gaga, because we love you, we’ll buy it (along with Diet Coke and Wonder Bread).

As for her on-camera chemistry with Beyoncé in both this vid and B’s “Video Phone” clip, Gaga explains why their collaborations sizzle on-screen: “It just sort of works out because we both like women.”

And we can already hear all the gossip rags running to the presses with that delicious quote.

[Photo via Autostraddle]

  • DarthPaul

    ENOUGH OF THAT TRICK! There's much more to pop besides her.

  • steve850

    Did anyone notice the blatant product placement? The use of Wonder Bread seems to be contrasting to Gaga, unless they are trying to be an edgy bakery… Overall, interesting video, but the product placement is bothersome. has a good take on the blatant product placement.

  • Becky

    Why yes, we did notice the product placement! We wrote an entire post about it.

  • universal artist

    sorry but first it mocks a former pro artist and such and it also shows some prejudice…showing models in jail..and black woman dominating an italian american ..if it is to support the hard times of women and abuse but sure does not show it ….anyways see major law suits here- should suspend her like they did tiger or lose sponsors trust some of us know how it feels

  • WAT

    a black woman dominating an italian american? how so? how did beyonce racially dominate over gaga? you're scraping for a reason to hate the video. just say you hate it if you hate it and drop the race card.

  • OMG!!

    BEYONCE'S BI?!her quote confuses me!

  • my opinion

    No.. I think she was trying to convey that they both are for the empowerment of women, not that they both actually like them..

  • poptartbrger

    dude, buzzkill more, she’s not going to get sued, it’s going to give her more fans and more sponsors for churning out an amazing video.

    BTW: <<< is a website showing that over 60% of women in jail are black or hispanic

  • dstn

    Woah. Can we say Grow The Fkk up @universal artist?! Seriously, you sound like a 14 year trying to find a reason to hate the video… just sayin.

  • Lady Gaga Lover

    I really think the meaning of the song has to do with women standing up for themselves. Perhaps in a relationship, too? It does not necessarily mean that a woman is going to go poison her husband, but I think that she does need to stand up for herself when necessary. It shows through beyonce that friends are always important and will be there for you no matter what. Lady Gaga always loves the shock factor, but sometimes I don’t think it goes as deep as it seems.

  • eli

    um, lady gaga is italian american…

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  • Suneel

    This video is awesome and I pray Gaga would let out more of her absurd creativity and give us some of the best videos in the days to come. Always thumbs up for the Lady.

  • Georgine Whang

    Lady Gaga is so intelligent!

  • Tania

    telecom is ruling the music and movie industry too :P

  • informer

    the music video is clearly about the illuminati and the new world order and the end times. #beeducated

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