The Strange Case of ‘Telephone’

A closer look at the Lady Gaga/Beyoncé video—its origin story, its influences, its themes, and its legacy—on its 10th birthday

“Once you kill a cow, you gotta make a burger”
At Billboard’s annual Women in Music luncheon on October 2, 2009
At the MTV VMAs on September 13, 2009
On the set of “Video Phone” (2009)
“Wha-wha-whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat did you say? / Oh, you’re breaking up on me”
“I knew you’d take all my honey”
“And I am sick and tired of my phone ri-riiiiiiiiiiiiiiinging”
“County Jail, February 11, 2010”
“Thelma & Louise” (1991)
“We did it, Honey B”
“Alejandro” (2010)
At Stevie Wonder’s Grammy tribute on February 10, 2015

Culture writer and (actual) music video scholar with a potentially unhealthy interest in the lives and art of pop divas

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