What story and cultural references have outlived what they referred to?
November 21, 2011 11:52 AM Subscribe
Can anyone think of cultural references that have replaced what they are referring to?
posted by the man of twists and turns to media & arts (51 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I was watching 'Lady and the Tramp' last night, and I realized that 'Peg's' performance in the dog pound was an extended reference to Peggy Lee, the woman who voiced that and other characters. I also remembered reading that Bugs Bunny's schtick (carrots in a cigarette case, eating the carrots, 'What's up, Doc?') was a direct reference to an earlier movie. The audiences of these works would, at the time, be familiar with their references - but today, less so.
Are there other cultural/entertainment references that have surpassed their referents? That is, are certains things known more for being alluded to than in and of themselves?