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INTERTEXTUALITY

WHAT IS INTERTEXTUALITY?
• Intertextuality is media text referring to another piece of media text.
• It is shown through the use of famous phrases, the characters, gestures
and the shot itself.
• It can also be shown by a parody, a humorous imitation of a piece of text.

BEASTIE BOYS - SABOTAGE
• One good example of intertextuality is the Beasty Boys “Sabotage” which
is in the style of a 70’s style police show opening credits.
• The video is a spoof of 1970 police shows, such as Hawaii Five-0 or
S.W.A.T
• The parody is a show called ‘Sabotage’ and it features the band members
names, and their character in the show.

BEASTIE BOYS - SABOTAGE
• Throughout the video, the band members are playing police officers and
they act out foot and car chases, a knife fight, undercover work and a car
even explodes.
• In the chase and fight scenes, their actions are very over exaggerated
and ‘silly’ which makes it very funny to watch.

WHY IS INTERTEXTUALITY USED?
• The intertextual links made to the 70’s cop show provides comedy to the
music video. This makes it enjoyable to watch and you remember it
better.
• The audience can watch this music video and make a link to the ‘real’
70’s police TV shows. This means that they can point out things that are
similar and they find the over exaggerated acting very humorous because
it is almost like the actual TV shows that it is mimicking.