There can be 100 metaphors in a room…
The poisons Gaga uses in “Telephone” to kill all the people in the diner are rat poison, Meta-cyanide, Fex-M3, and Tiberium. The first is self-explanatory, but Meta-cyanide originates from the 1965 sci-fi novel Dune, in which the poison is placed on the tip of a needle. Fex-M3 is a neurotoxin from the Star Wars universe, and Tiberium is an alien substance with a deadly effect from the video game series Command & Conquer.
The reporter who’s seen talking about the murders Gaga and Beyoncé just committed in “Telephone” is Jai Rodriguez, one of the members of the “Fab Five” on the original Queer Eye.
And if you look real closely at the scrolling text on this news broadcast, you’ll see the “Telephone” lyrics in Swedish. Given that the video’s director Jonas Åkerlund is Swedish, this checks out.
Gaga wears these Mickey Mouse–esque sunglasses and a yellow outfit when she poisons and kills her boyfriend in “Paparazzi.”
Gaga’s younger sister Natali Germanotta appears in the “Telephone” video as one of Gaga’s fellow prisoners.
And yes, I know this one is a stretch given that she was displaying multiple war scenes in “Alejandro,” but it’s fun to think that she may always be one step ahead.
In “Judas,” Gaga’s dancers switch out each time the camera zooms on Gaga’s face while they’re at the Electric Chapel. For example, in one wide shot you’ll see her female dancers, then a close-up of Gaga, and then the next wide shot shows her male dancers.
As part of her first outfit in the “Rain On Me” video, fans pointed out that Gaga is wearing the same vinyl corset boots that she previously wore for her Monster Ball Tour, which took place a decade ago.
Here she is performing with the legendary boots in 2010.
And here she is wearing ’em in 2020.
When Gaga pulls the dagger out of her leg in “Rain On Me,” the dagger actually becomes water itself.
If you look closely at the reflections in the water in “Rain On Me,” you’ll notice that Gaga and Ariana are wearing their darker outfits and vice versa.
Gaga has made it known that she’s a huge fan of Bayonetta, which is a video game starring a shapeshifting witch named — you guessed it — Bayonetta.
In this game, Bayonetta is famously known for using her long, magical hair as a conduit to summon demons on her behalf. Casual.
And while the hair may seem coincidental, this isn’t the first time Gaga may have been inspired by Bayonetta. Back in 2017, Gaga killed a version of herself using high-heeled boots that double as guns in “John Wayne.”
And you know who else has shoes that double as guns? Yep, our girl Bayonetta.
There’s a (fake) white rat on Gaga’s head after she burns a Russian mobster alive in “Bad Romance.”
Here it is at a different angle. Cute.
When Gaga pulls the ticket inspector into the booth to make out with him in “LoveGame“, the character changes from a man to a woman and vice versa as the camera pans back and fourth.
Gaga is no stranger to using religious symbolism, which is why her hairstyle resembles a pope’s hat when she’s playing a godlike character in “Born This Way.”
For context, this same Gazing Ball appears in front of a statue Jeff created for Gaga for her Artpop album.
The final montage in “Marry The Night” shows various quickly cut scenes from Gaga’s life, one of which is her struggling to carry a piano down some stairs, falling, and then getting help from an older man. Back in 2010, Gaga told fans at Lollapalooza that her father “kicked off her music career by helping her carry her piano up a long staircase at their New York apartment when she was a kid,” so this may reference that pivotal moment.
And finally, in one of her first looks in “Stupid Love,” Gaga wears this Philip Treacy conical helmet (as noted by Gaga fashion bible La Maison Gaga). If you look closely, you notice that her vision is actually fully restricted. This was confirmed by a behind-the-scenes video wherein she tried dancing in it and was bumping into things. Leave it to Gaga to still execute flawless choreography despite it.
If you’re a diehard Little Monster, chances are you already knew all of these. Which ones did I miss? Let me know!
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