Lady Gaga's New Video Explained: Dead Diners, Americana and Cigarette Sunglasses

"We wanted to symbolize that the poison she puts in [Tyrese's] food gets spread all around the restaurant," Akerlund said. "The death scene becomes like a turning point in the video. It was the bold climax before the big dance sequence kicks in."

The 'Americana' Dance Sequence

After killing the diner's hungry customers, Gaga and Beyonce dress in American-themed apparel and dance with a gaggle of equally patriotic background dancers.

Vicks saw the murder as a metaphor for the many different ways in which people rebel against the darlings and the great symbols of American culture.

"Because at a certain point those darlings and those symbols become trapped by society's view of them," Vicks said. "They are marked as American, but all the victims in the diner, which the camera doesn't let us forget, are also marked as American."

"Everyone stops bothering them so they can dance," Vicks continued, "They have been left alone so they can clear a space in the diner to dance. So if you celebrate their dance, which does draw viewers in, you have to celebrate what they did to be able to dance."

The "Americana" dance number was the last of the three big dance numbers that Lady Gaga and the dancers from her tour had rehearsed and prepared for the video.

"Originally, I had filmed inserts of American flags, but then we got inspired to do the Americana outfits," Akerlund said.

When asked if the dance had a deeper alternative meaning, Akerlund said that was over-analyzing.

"For us it was a little action movie with a made-up, crazy story," Akerlund said. "You don't have to be so deep about things. For me music videos are about entertaining and bringing out the music and the artist. The form itself allows you to be creatively free. I am a little weird and a little untraditional in how and why I tell stories in music videos. But I enjoy the fact that people go deep and see things in my work because it means the music got out there and got some attention."

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