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"Telephone" - Lady Gaga & Beyonce

"Telephone" - Lady Gaga & Beyonce

Date: Apr 19 2010

Grammar: Count and Noncount Nouns


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The music video for Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s song “Telephone” is nine minutes long and features insane costumes, a mass murder, a prison fight, a girl-on-girl make-out, and a whole lot of exposed skin. And those aren’t the only causes for controversy in the video. It’s also drawing criticism for how much product placement it uses. But some people are calling “Telephone” the future of music videos.

Whether you love it or hate it, Gaga and Beyonce’s epic new video is hard to ignore. Find out what Ella and Devan think about “Telephone.”


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Devan:  So have you seen the new epic that is the Gaga-Beyonce “Telephone” video?

Ella:  Have I? Of course. I have it on my cell phone, on my computer, like playing in my living room just for fun. I love it.

Devan:  You love it?

Ella:  Yes.

Devan:  See, I personally hate it.

Ella:  Oh, you’re killing me Devan!

Devan:  Tell me why you loved it.

Ella:  I just think it’s so creative, and you just wouldn’t ever think to combine Beyonce and Lady Gaga, ever, because I just feel like they’re so different. And then to see them in the same room and just kinda like little superheroes in the video is just like…I don’t know, I just liked it, I thought it was really creative.

Devan:  See, now my problem with the video is the insane amount of product placement.

Ella:  Oh yeah, that’s true.

Devan:  I was like keeping a tally of how many products they pitch in there. It’s like Coke and mayonnaise and computers and websites and cell phones, and everything with like all these labels all over the video, and I just…You know, everyone’s talking about how it like really raises the bar for music videos, but for me, it was just a giant commercial. I didn’t see any artistic value when you’re selling that much ad space in your video.

Ella:  That’s true. I did not think about that. That’s probably how they could afford it to be nine minutes long.

Devan:  Yeah. It was nine minutes long but for me, the artistic quality wasn’t enough. I just felt like I was watching a really weird Miracle Whip commercial.


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Devan and Ella disagree about Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s new music video for their song “Telephone.” Ella thinks the video is really creative. She loves seeing Lady Gaga and Beyonce together. She can’t believe that Devan isn’t a fan of the video.

Devan is annoyed by how much product placement there is in the “Telephone” video. For her, the video isn’t very interesting artistically. It just seems like a nine minute commercial for a bunch of different products.

What do you think about the “Telephone” video? What makes a great music video in your opinion?



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04:11 AM Apr 19 2010 |




yeah,this MV so wonderful.i like lady gaga too, 

03:34 AM Apr 19 2010 |



i like lady gaga she reminds me someone very special ;P

02:34 AM Apr 19 2010 |



So Funny x) my friends luv the video, so do i .
and all of the clothes in the video are awesome xD two wonderful ladies Lololl x)
i think , a great video must have a nice story , or it will be so boring xP

01:24 AM Apr 19 2010 |


Saudi Arabia

well that vidoe is so so Fanstastic , i also have it on my cell phone on my car it's Awesome ,,,,

12:19 AM Apr 19 2010 |




It`s  really a creative video one.

03:04 AM Apr 15 2010 |

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